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Around Australia in 20 wines: Matthew Jukes’ selection

An Aussie wine advocate since the late 1980s, Matthew Jukes has recently released the 20th anniversary edition of his 100 Best Australian Wines report. Here he reflects on how the country’s wine industry has changed over that time, and picks out 20 top wines from his 2023/2024 selection.

When you notch up 20 years doing something, there is always an urge to look back, picking out the highlights and the lowlights while trying to plot a course for the future.

Scroll down for tasting notes and scores of 20 top Australian wines to try

I used to host a wine slot on the BBC’s London FM radio station GLR back in the 1990s. This short 10-minute slot during the breakfast show turned into a half-hour spot and, to pad out the weekly wine tastings and anecdotes, I took to interviewing notable wine personalities. As it turned out, touring Australian winemakers usually landed at Heathrow in the early morning, so it was a doddle for them to come straight to the studio in time for my show. I interviewed many of the big names back then, and it was during this time that I learned more than I could possibly imagine about the stories behind the great Australian wines and winemakers.

The 20th anniversary edition of the 100 Best Australian Wines report, by Matthew Jukes, is available now via his website, matthewjukes.com

Around Australia in 20 wines: Jukes’ pick

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