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2017 Best's Foudre Ferment Riesling

Grampians, VIC

One of the finest Rieslings in Victoria aged in large format oak. Sensational.

$35.00

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About
Another great release of this interesting expression of Australian riesling.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The 2017 is the latest release of this unique Australian Riesling.

This year saw an extended time on skins, and the same wild ferment in the Foudre as its first incarnation. Winemaker Justin Purser left a little residual sugar in the 2017 iteration, adding to the texture and voluptuousness of the style. But the thing that sets this majestic Riesling apart is the searing acid backbone which drives the wine from beginning to end.

This is one of Best's more limited release wines and is never made in large amounts but it rates consistently amongst the finest Rieslings in Victoria.

Enjoy the ride.

About Best's Great Western

Best's Great Western is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in the country.

Their iconic Nursery Block is home to some of the oldest clonal material for particular varieties that can be found anywhere in the world. Established in the late 1860s, this precious vineyard is envied by much of the wine growing world.

Their wines are consistently excellent: the Shiraz dark and powerful, the Rieslings full flavoured and impeccably balanced, and the rare releases of Old Vine Meunier and Thomson Family Shiraz are some of the most collectable red wines in the country.

The Thomson family, and the Best family before them, have given us one of the true treasures of the Australian wine scene.

Viv and Ben Thomson
Viv and Ben Thomson
Great Western, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

A Foudre is a a large oak barrel, and this is where the magic happens for this wine. In a reincarnation of wines from a past era, this wine shows the style of Rieslings that have aged in our cellars for the last 40 or so years. With some skin contact, fermented in oak and with wild yeast, this is a very natural style of wine.

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 11.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Justin Purser & Ben Thomson
Winemaker Justin Purser & Ben Thomson
Grampians, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Lemon and wild honey lathered atop the unmistakable funk of barrel ferment. Hints of quince and marmalade, toasted nuts, boy this smells great. Full throttle flavour in the mouth, this is no shrinking violet. The acidity attacks the palate with the accuracy of a rapier as the richness of the fruit, the barrel notes and the faint sweetness soften the blows. It's gorgeous and flows long like a steady golden stream through the mouth. Fantastic drinking to be had here. A thrill. - Different Drop Wine Team

95Points
The Wine Front

"Another great release of this interesting expression of Australian riesling. Why so few Australian producers use oak with riesling when there’s a ‘tradition’ of such is quite a curious thing, but you could also say has helped define a genre of sorts Down Under.Loaded with perfume and flavour, deeply textural, exquisite in drinkability. What’s not to like here? Scents of ripe citrus, green apple, faint cashew, whiff of musk. The palate is quietly powerful, exceptionally long, concentrated in fruit character and whooshes into the distance with freshness and detail hand-in-hand. Riesling fanciers are well served here and should be rewarded by inherent complexity of the wine. Superb expression." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Made with more than a passing nod to the Rheingau, but doesn’t forget its place or the exotic vinification. Indeed, to achieve the lime juice lusciousness and complexity of this wine, the Rheingau would have to be in Kabinett territory." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion

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