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20 May 2011 News


Every year, Daily Mail wine columnist Matthew Jukes releases his list of 100 Top Australian wines. The wines are selected after a comprehensive year-long process of tasting and represents what Jukes considers to be the finest Australian wines in the UK market.

Since Matthews first started releasing this list in 2004, 12 wineries have consistently made the list year after year. Boutique producer Mitolo is among those wineries, along with De Bortoli, Fox Gordon, Jacob’s Creek, McWilliam’s, Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, St Hallett, The Lane Vineyard, Tyrrell’s, Wirra Wirra and Yalumba.”They reflect what is truly exciting, engaging, passionate and essential about Aussie wine and they have all gained a well-earned place in the very highest echeleons of the world of wine,” said Jukes.

The 2009 Mitolo Jester Shiraz made this year’s Top 100 list, accompanied by a fantastic write-up from Jukes:

“Frank Mitolo is justifably proud of his record in the 100 Best. This top notch operation is one of the most impressive in the country and the wines never fail to impress. I have long been a fan of the value attached to the Jester Series, which has a very sprightly Vermentino in its numbers these days. The Shiraz is always a cracker and he always keeps the concentration, silkiness and wow factor ratcheted up to a max. This vintage is no exception. With Turkish Delight, briary, fresh-picked berries and succulent steak au poivre
meatiness this is a true star and it’s still a cracking price.”

Shaw + Smith 2010 Sauvignon Blanc also made the Top 100 list, with the following impressive mention:

“Martin and Michael nail their trademark white again in 2010 with this sniper-sighted Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a perennial favourite, but this year it has even more taut and nervy herbal notes than usual. This wine has proved to be a massive hit on my 100 Best Roadshow and the comments that I hear time and time again are that the elegance of AH Sauvignon is so much better suited to our experienced, ‘European palates’ than the majority of the wines from NZ.”