This incredible elixir is simply the best

2016 Soul Growers El Mejor This deliciously carnal creature boasts incredible intensity and fabulous, ululating tannins.

2016 Soul Growers El Mejor

2016 Soul Growers, El Mejor, Cabernet Mourvedre, Barossa Valley, South Australia£76, woodwinters.com

It was great to see winemaker Stuey Bourne in the UK last week. A serious talent, this chap has spent his life nurturing his relationships with the old grape-growing families in the Barossa Valley. These original settlers have the finest plots of land in the region and Stuey's handshake is all that is needed to guarantee a few tonnes of their finest fruit for his Soul Growers wines.

El Mejor is Soul Growers' most arresting red, made from the final squeeze of the basket press each time it ekes out precious juice from the amazing bunches of grapes. Stuey unhooks the hose, and places a bucket under the tap and then he drops the press down another inch. It is this incredible elixir that is then put into a single barrel. The majority of the wine is cabernet (approximately 90%), but there are a few buckets of mourvdre and shiraz in the mix, too, which bring untold complexity to the end wine.

This is a deliciously carnal creature with incredible intensity and fabulous, ululating tannins. Aromatically, it is one of the most complete sensory experiences I can remember because every time I swirl the glass the wine shapeshifts and alters its delivery. It is not surprising that its name translates as "The Best". Stock has only just arrived in the UK, so make it your mission to track down this awesome wine.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com).

Recommended

The fast-growing success of Britain’s wine industry
Wine

The fast-growing success of Britain’s wine industry

Hotter summers are great for the nation’s winemakers, says Chris Carter. But land for vineyards is selling at a premium – expect to pay up to £25,000 …
25 Aug 2022
Collecting rare whisky: a £16m tipple served with froth
Alternative investments

Collecting rare whisky: a £16m tipple served with froth

The market in rare whisky is looking very bubbly, says Chris Carter, with a 1975 cask of recently selling for £16m.
26 Jul 2022
​​​​​​​2020 Rall: a triumphant syrah
Wine

​​​​​​​2020 Rall: a triumphant syrah

A triumphant incarnation of the syrah grape from one of South Africa’s superstar winemakers.
14 Jun 2022
2021 Akitu: New Zealand’s finest “white” pinot noir
Wine

2021 Akitu: New Zealand’s finest “white” pinot noir

Act without delay to secure this enchanting Kiwi white – there is nothing like it on earth
24 May 2022

Most Popular

Should you take a 25% tax-free pension lump sum in instalments?
Pensions

Should you take a 25% tax-free pension lump sum in instalments?

Taking out a 25% tax-free lump sum sounds appealing but it might not be the best way to manage your pension
30 Sep 2022
Mortgage early repayment charges: are they worth the cost?
Mortgages

Mortgage early repayment charges: are they worth the cost?

With interest rates set to rise further in the months ahead, is it worth swallowing early repayment charges to refinance your mortgage today?
4 Oct 2022
Why the Bank of England intervened in the bond market
Government bonds

Why the Bank of England intervened in the bond market

A sudden crisis for pension funds exposed to rapidly rising bond yields meant the Bank of England had to act. Cris Sholto Heaton looks at the lessons …
30 Sep 2022