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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

MATTHEW JUKES looks into his crystal ball to see the wine trends of 2007. He sees Viognier as the 'fashionable white grape of the moment' and recommends the 2006 Trivento Viognier from Mendoza, Argentina (4.99, Waitrose). For Aussie reds he goes for the 2005 Majella 'The Musician' Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, Coonawarra (7.99, Oddbins), describing it as the 'finest Aussie red on the shelves at the moment'. He then proposes that his readers should consider Italy and suggests the 2003 Barbera d'Alba Conca Tre Pile from Aldo Conterno (21, Swig). Jukes also says that this year 'we should all learn more about sweet wines'. His offering is the 2003 Hegarty Chamans No.7 hand-harvested,late-autumn dessert wine from the south of France (50cl: 9.99, Oddbins; and 9.75, Irvine Robertson). Finally, Jukes predicts 'great things' from South Africa's wine industry during 2007, and this week's WOW is the 2006 Danie de Wet Earth and Sky Chardonnay from the Robertson region.