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The Best's Great Western Riesling is what you might call a hidden gem of Victorian wine. Their "Home Block" of Riesling has some of the oldest Riesling vines in the land. This is made from fruit from both their Concongella Creek and the Rhymney Vineyard sites, planted from cuttings off the Home Block. It's an individual style of Riesling: it has a little texture, a little weight, a sumptuous generosity of flavour and a lot of personality. For drinking now or for cellaring, this is a great buy year-in-year-out.
What it Tastes Like
Fully ripened limes, plump and sweet and dripping with juice. It has tantalising acidity, a richer-than-your-average-Rizza roundness to it and whiffs of blossoms, ginger and the like. A touch of sweetness giving it some glycerol-like texture. It's really good and quite generous as a young wine. Get stuck in or tuck it away, it's really up to you.
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 which 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.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2030
About the Producer
Best's Great Western
Best’s is one of the oldest owned family wineries in the country. They are famous for having a “nursery block” housing some of the oldest clonal material for particular varieties anywhere in the world.
Their wines are consistently excellent and they have a vineyard which is envied by much of the wine growing world. With a rich history and an illustrious past, this Victorian icon is one of the true treasures of the Australian wine scene.
History runs deep in Great Western. Some of the country’s oldest, most iconic producers have made a home for themselves here in the far West of Victoria. Shiraz and Riesling are the region’s most iconic varieties, but if you dig a little deeper, amazing examples of Pinot Meunier and other alternative varieties are waiting to be found. These are warm climate wines that maintain class and prestige.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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