Matthew Jukes: “An exciting, hand made pinot noir.”

Matthew Jukes: “An exciting, hand made pinot noir.”

2017 Santolin Cosa Nostra Pinot Noir
(Exclusive to Oddbins, UK)

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for over 30 years.  With experience in all sectors of the industry he has been writing about wine for two decades and during this time has penned fourteen wine books.  Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world.  Matthew has written a highly acclaimed, weekly article for MoneyWeek since 2006 and also a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 2000.  With over 9 million Daily Mail readers a week, Matthew has the most keenly followed wine column in the UK.

“Eighteen months ago I was approached by a chap called Adrian Santolin from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia.  He wanted to send me some of his wines to taste and as I taste anything and everything, of course, I agreed.  I loved the wines, instantly – tiny production, great value, handmade, accurate and delicious – all of the criteria I look for in exciting, modern wine.  He had no representation in the UK though and so I couldn’t write up the wines – damn it!

Fast forward to today and he has found a home at Oddbins.  There were only 250 dozen of Cosa Nostra Pinot made and it is epically pure and staggeringly sonorous.  It is a smashing price, too, and you will be certain to adore it but I would advise that you move fast and clean out the shelves today.

In addition, for those of you who want to graduate to Adrian’s upmarket Pinot, then 2016 Santolin Gladysdale Pinot Noir (£24.00), also a tiny 250 dozen production, uses 15% whole bunches, 100% French oak of which 30% is new and this builds the nose and palate with intensity while maintaining its magical weight and thrilling, perfume.  There is a superb Pinot Gris and a couple of Chardies, too, in the Santolin family.

Patience is a virtue in the wine business, but now that these wines have arrived, panic is, all of a sudden, a necessity!”   (£16.50, Oddbins)

Matthew Jukes,, 27 July 2018

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