Laser-guided wet stone, jasmine and lime skin on the nose give rise to a tightly coiled palate wrapped around a crystalline spine of acidity. An Australian Riesling of wonderful grace and class.
The young wines show great delicacy. They are rather subtle in terms of fruit, substance, and complexity. Alcohol levels are somewhat lower than in the wines of the past three years, yet the new vintage wines are no less powerful and firm. They are great wines with great aging potential.
A real insider’s wine, or another Best Kept Secret, Great Western Riesling is aromatic and flavoursome yet structured and spectacularly age-worthy. Best's Rieslings stand confidently alongside their acclaimed South Australian cousins. The Great Western region lends itself well to producing exceptional Rieslings – its diurnal weather patterns (warm days/cold nights) work well for this varietal. Some of our original nursery plantings can be traced back to Germany, so there's a significant history and pedigree in the root stock of Great Western Riesling.
Grown on the sandy loams of the Concongella Creek and the Rhymney Vineyard sites, and occasionally from selected local vineyards, Best’s Riesling shows the intensity and finesse that are hallmarks of the Great Western region. The wine is made to show true varietal characteristics, achieved by letting the pristine fruit shine above all else. It is cold fermented in stainless steel tanks, retaining the fruit’s inherent aromatics and acidity. Balance, texture and fruit flavour make for an accessible, food-friendly wine. And while made to drink now, it will definitely age for many years to come. We can testify that Best’s Great Western Rieslings from the 1970s are drinking superbly now.
Grown from the Alsatian GM-198 clone, the palate is bursting with juicy citrus before mineral acidity floods the finish.
Fresh natural acidity driven with superb floral and mineral notes - the citrus is more fleshy than piercing, balancing beautifully with the floral perfume.
Sourced from two tiny parcels in prime Riesling country, with its signature red dirt over limestone. Hand-picked in the cool of the night to help ensure a slow start to fermentation. De-stemmed, then gently pressed, keeping the pressings separate. A cool ferment of 12 degrees was maintained over 16 days. The two vineyard batches were kept separate until final blending took place. Left on lees until final filtration prior to bottling. Zestful, yet fine, epitomising what dry Watervale Riesling’s all about. Freshly squeezed key lime and lemon rind with a hint of rose petal perfume. Picked early to retain loads of natural, crunchy acid.
Orange citrus notes and a stone-like mineral elements on the nose with bright, red apple and a powdery talc note on the palate.
Crisp and clean, while maintaining the rounded quality of white stone fruit- mouth-watering.
Always an exciting release each year - this year does not disappoint.
Delicate citrus, white florals and green melon combine with hints of chalk and talc on the nose. A stone-like mineral quality flows from the start of the palate throughout, alongside chalky texture and layers of complexity that meld fruit weight and acidity seamlessly.
Full bodied pinot noir with vineyard elements of spice and blue flowers that shine through beautifully into the textural palate of expanding blueberry and ripened plum.
Long fine-grained tannins threaded with subtle French oak smoke, support the fruit throughout.
Gold with green-gold tints. Reminiscent of white flowers, cumquat, honeycomb, hints of marzipan, nutmeg and cardamom spice. Luscious and intense, flavours of dried citrus, fresh apricots, lavender and fresh honey are complemented by fine mineral acidity.