MMI’s Top 100 Wines

Over the course of the last year the brave and dedicated MMI wine team has tasted over a million wines in its never ending mission to bring you some of the very best wines from around the world.

It’s a labour of love of course but we’re a selfless bunch and whilst we’ve been putting our livers on the line, we have managed to make lots of notes and we would like to share with you the wines that have impressed us the most. Each month we will feature four of our favourite wines. Look out for the MMI Top 100 Wine Book coming to a store near you soon…

Torbreck Runrig  AED 995

“First there was Grange, then Hill of Grace and now there is the Runrig. Certain wines have defined Australian wines over the last forty years, Grange was the first in the 70s and 80s, followed by the Hill of Grace in the 90s. The noughties saw a changing of the guard of Australia’s best Shiraz with the amazing Runrig. This is no ordinary Shiraz and it can claim not only to be one of the finest Shiraz that Australia has ever produced but one of the finest wines to be made from Shiraz. Taut and beautifully fragrant with black raspberries, crème de cassis and spice, this wine is more Bridget Bardot than Dame Edna Everage.” Paul Hopkins

 Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon AED 235

“Margaret River is a two and a half hour drive from Perth the capital of Western Australia which is in turn a 7 hour flight from Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia (at this point I should duck as Sydney-siders will undoubtedly disagree, such is their nature). This region may seem isolated but somehow the wine trail here has truly evolved and anyone who gets a chance to head into this part of the world won’t be disappointed with the wines or the region’s beauty. The grape variety that seems most at home in Margaret River is Cabernet Sauvignon, perhaps it’s the maritime climate that allows for the sophisticated cassis, herbs and spice flavours to develop as they should or perhaps beautiful wines should come from beautiful places. This wine is elegant yet powerful, complex yet fresh, age-worthy yet oh so drinkable…. “ Paul Hopkins

d’Arenberg Custodian Grenache AED 68

“The second wine from d’Arenberg in our top 100 and a wine that we love to keep going back to time and time again. We can remember drinking this wine back in 2003 and thinking then what a crackerjack of a wine and it’s good to see that the current vintage is every bit as good as it was back then. There is plenty of fruit to keep you occupied here, ranging from red cherry through to raspberries and even a touch of blackcurrant. The tannins as you would expect from Grenache are soft and fine and there is a beautiful whiff of heady alcohol just to remind you that you are drinking wine!!!” Paul Hopkins

 De Bortoli Yarra Valley Pinot Noir AED 195

“The De Bortoli family has been making wine since 1912 and it remains to this day a very family affair. The estate wines all come from vineyards in and around the Yarra Valley and are made by the incredibly talented Steve Webber. The Yarra Valley is not a typical hot climate Australian region but much cooler which allows for more sophisticated and elegant styles of wine. These wines are definitely sophisticated and could easily be mistaken for a classic Burgundian red. There are complex fruit characters of strawberry and Morella cherries with hints of forest floor and barnyard. The tannins are silky smooth and the finish incredibly long. This is art in a bottle.” Paul Hopkins

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  • Lyn Born
    Sunday 15th January 2012 10:56 am

    WE look forward to seeing your selection and getting a copy of the book.

    • Grapevine
      Sunday 15th January 2012 3:27 pm

      Hi Lyn,

      Thank you for the message. The book is very exciting and has a great selection of wines, we will definitely let you know when the book is available.


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