I must admit to being slightly confused by Matthew Jukes’ Top 100 Australian Wines list, which has just been released here.
It’s a funny mix of genuinely exciting high-end wines, and also more run-of-the-mill, well made commercial offerings. In the former category I’d count the likes of Yabby Lake’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Cullen’s Diana Madeleine, Leeuwin Chardonnay and Teusner Riebke FG. In the latter, we have Jacob’s Creek fizz and Sauvignon Blanc, Yalumba Y Series Shiraz/Viognier, De Bortoli Windy Peak Chardonnay and St Hallett Gamekeepers Reserve.
I don’t understand it. It certainly isn’t a list of Australia’s Top 100 wines, even if you add the qualifier that the wine has to be available in the UK. It’s more a list of 100 Australian wines that Matthew likes at a range of price points.
If I were an Aussie wine producer making exceptional wine, available in the UK, but not in this list, I’d feel a bit miffed that some of the less interesting offerings in this list are potentially taking my place. And there’s nothing to indicate to consumers that the wines in this list aren’t actually Australia’s 100 best.