Modern classics you must try this month

For his April selections for the MoneyWeek wine club, Matthew Jukes has picked three whites and three reds – each with touches of classicism, balanced carefully with a modern sheen.

A pair of beauties from the Cape

2018 Kottabos, Grenache/Syrah, Boschkloof, South Africa

The 2018 Kottabos is not a typical Cape red in that it is leaner, more fragrant and kindlier on the palate, says Matthew Jukes.

A top-flight English sparkler

NV Cottonworth, Brut Rosé, Hampshire, England

What I like so much about this relative newcomer is that the wines from the brand are perfectly ready to drink from the off, says Matthew Jukes.

A delicious Burgundy with a keen price tag

2015 Mercurey

2015 Mercurey
This delicious Mercurey captures the splendour of the famous 2015 Burgundy vintage, with layers of pinot noir fruit and lustiness.

These three Portuguese wines are sheer heaven

2015 Niepoort wine

2015 Niepoort
This series of Niepoort wines left Matthew Jukes reeling with delight.

A winemaker with a magician’s touch

2017 Barbera d’Alba

2017 Barbera d’Alba
This incredible new Italian red shows the lip-smacking nebbiolo grape off to the highest standard.

Truly groundbreaking wines from China

2017 Château Changyu Moser XV

2017 Château Changyu Moser XV
This bright, clean and refreshing Chinese white is unlike any other wine in the world.

A juicy, joyous Chianti

2017 Chianti

2017 Chianti
This is one of the juiciest, most joyous and finest value Chiantis I have tasted in years, says Matthew Jukes.

A pair of powerful and regal Kiwi reds

2016 Craggy Range, Gimblett Gravels

2016 Craggy Range
Matthew Jukes tastes two epic reds from New Zealand’s Gimblett Gravels wine growing area.

Don’t judge this spectacular champers by its label

2002 Lanson, Noble Cuvée, Blanc de Blancs Champagne

2002 Lanson
This tour de force from Lanson proves one should keep an open mind and not rely on labels for instruction.

Three magical, obscenely good value Rieslings

2017 Wiltinger, Riesling Trocken,

2017 Wiltinger
The 2017 Rieslings from von Kesselstatt are true vinous magic and all obscenely good value for money.

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