2014 Wakefield, Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley/Coonawarra, South Australia About £16.99-£21.99, OzWines.co.uk, CheersWineMerchants.co.uk, FarehamWineCellar.co.uk, HailshamCellars.co.uk, AmpsWineMerchants.co.uk.
This is one of the 51 wines that joined me on this year’s “100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow” tour around the country. These wines provide a snapshot of what is elite and current in the top-flight Aussie wine scene, covering all styles and regions in this country’s complex offering.
What I find fascinating about this Roadshow is that I listen in, very carefully, to everyone’s questions, likes and dislikes, desires and opinions about all of the wines in this showcase. It is the most informative and illuminating conversation about wine that I hear in the course of my various vinous initiatives and it is clear that the UK wine consumer has realised a few massive facts about top-flight Australian wine.
Firstly, that “fruit bombs”, “over-oaked chardonnay”, “porty reds” and “sunshine in a glass” are all a very distant memory. Today’s top wines are perfectly balanced, refreshing, energetic, stunning value for money and also first class, standing shoulder to shoulder with all of the world’s acknowledged greats.
I have picked out this cabernet sauvignon, itself a genius piece of dual-regional blending, as a perfect example of just how downright delicious today’s Australian wines are. Wakefield’s Jaraman is the kind of wine people fall head over heels in love with – every single one of the 2,000 people who have already tasted it have not been able to resist its charms. But don’t just take my work for it – listen to the voice of the people.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).