2009 Mitolo, GAM Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia (£28.99, Highbury Vintners, 020-7226 1347; The Sampler, 020-7225 5091; Bennetts, 01608-661409).
Next Tuesday, at Australia House, I launch the ninth edition of my annual 100 Best Australian Wines. Several hundred sommeliers, wine merchants, wine buyers and journalists will taste their way through this century of great wines. Clearly, I cannot give away any of the wines today, but I can tell you that Frank Mitolo's wines have appeared so often in my list that they qualify for Hall of Fame' status.
You may be familiar with Mitolo's Jester range a cabernet and shiraz made from the off-cuts' from his more serious wines. They're great value and very serious. However, this year I've pulled one of the big guns out of the rack. GAM, named after Frank's children Gemma, Alex and Marco, is an extraordinary wine. Succulent and moreish with glossy black cherry, damson and chocolate notes, this is Frank's most delectable wine of the vintage. Get in quick before everyone else does.
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The full list of the 100 Best Australian Wines 2012, their stockists and prices, will be published on my website next Wednesday.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (www.matthew jukes.com).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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