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Matthew Jukes Desert Island Wines: The Caley 2012

With 30 years of experience, Matthew Jukes is one of the world’s most influential wine commentators. Matthew sat down for a chat with Pierre Mansour MW from The Wine Society UK and was asked to select three wines that he would take to his desert island should he be cast away.

NV Billecart-Salmon Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

2016 Barolo Bricco delle Viole G.D. Vajra

2012 Yalumba The Caley

This is what Matthew had to say about his third pick, Yalumba The Caley 2012 -

“My final wine is a wine that I am extraordinarily invested in, with a passion and desire to promote this spectacular country and to champion one of the world’s greatest wine styles. What I am talking about is the blessed amalgam of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon and it’s made in Australia. They are some of the greatest wines EVER made in Australia. Yalumba who have made The Signature for many years have released wine called The Caley and the 2012 was the inaugural release. They entered it into my Great Australian Red competition in 2014, where it won the wine of show – it didn’t have a name, it didn’t have a label. The following year, they entered it again, no name no label. It’s all blind. A different set of judges. Now we have had 26 different people tasting this wine blind – and it won the competition again. It’s more than a lottery win chance of doing that. And this wine won twice in a row! It was released in 2017, with a label that looked bloody smart. I gave it a perfect score 20/20 which I rarely do. It is a perfect wine made from a perfect blend of Cabernet from Coonawarra and Shiraz from Barossa. It is a wine and a producer that will be regarded along with the First Growths of Bordeaux in due course. This wine is the full symphony playing on my palate. Yalumba The Caley 2012.”

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