2016 Magpie Estate, The Mixed Thing, grenache/cinsault/cabernet franc, Barossa Valley, South Australia (about £11, NYWines.co.uk; Kwoff.co.uk; BonVivantsCompanion.co.uk; VinoWines.co.uk; BinTwo.com; Bucktrouts.gg; HangingDitch.com).
Three days ago, at the Australian Commission in London I launched my 100 Best Australian Wines Report for 2017/2018. I felt that you might like to know about one of the wines in this huge, annual survey of the finest Aussies on sale in the UK.
The reason for highlighting this particular stunner is that it is made by none other than Noel Young and his Australian winemaker contact in the Barossa Valley, Rolf Binder. Noel is the man behind one of the most eclectic wine merchants with a well-chosen selection of tipples in the UK. In the digital version of my report I list all of the retailers in the UK for every single wine mentioned and Noel Young Wines pops up more than any other wine shop! So he not only makes great wine, he supports the finest bottles in the industry, too.
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The Mixed Thing is punk rock Beaujolais with flamboyant juicy fruit and a sense of humour, a wine with pristine red juice and no hard edges. It is tailor-made for summer parties and all-day glugging. It is also a bargain it will be the soundtrack to the summer! If you would like to read more, you can download the entire 100 Best Australian Wines Report on my website for a modest fee.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.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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