2023 Bests Great Western Riesling

Consistently one of Victoria's best value Rieslings. The almost off-dry style makes it dangerously easy to drink. Great stuff again from Best's.
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As always, this wine from Best's is one of the most approachable and easy-to-enjoy dry Rieslings around, while being an equally great cellaring prospect.

Best's have a long history with this variety, with winemaker Justin Purser suggesting this release from the well-balanced vintage is more reminiscent of those Rieslings from the 80's and 90's with its balance, delicacy and easy charm.

One of Victoria's most bankable Rieslings, year-in, year-out.

95 points
"The wine is juicy with a faint tickle of apparent sweetness...An excellent off-dry riesling style."
- Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
93 points
"it’s the texture and the general ‘settled’ feel that makes spending time with this wine a delight. It’s lively in a calm way, which sounds impossible but that’s the way it is."
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93 points
"Excellent riesling... Reaching for the next glass is auto-pilot. Bravo! "
- Ned Goodwin MW  (The Real Review)

The Riesling vines from Great Western produce flavorsome, elegantly structured, spectacularly age-worthy Rieslings which stand confidently alongside some of the most outstanding Australian examples of the variety. In recent times, the style has evolved to match the continental climatic conditions to a beautifully balanced wine with texture and aromatics.

The Riesling at Best's have a proven ability to mature gracefully for 20 years or more. This example is no exception and its youthful freshness is a good sign for its long life in the cellar. It will gather complex toasty aromas and flavours as the years pass.

95 points - "Palish lemon/green colour with a jasmine pungency to ther floral aromatics. The wine is juicy with a faint tickle of apparent sweetness, taking into the off-dry realm. Plenty of acidity to dry the finish. Good fruit intensity and persistence. An excellent off-dry riesling style." - Huon Hooke (Real Review)

93 points - "Energetic lime, slate and apple flavours set the tone from the outset though it’s the texture and the general ‘settled’ feel that makes spending time with this wine a delight. It’s lively in a calm way, which sounds impossible but that’s the way it is. It has good carry through the finish too." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

93 points - "Excellent riesling, having moved well away from the the oft-domestic norm of battery-acid dryness and talcy acidity, some years ago. Succulent kaffir lime, baking apple, quince and nashi pear. A waft of phenolics as useful as the trickle of acidity, juicy and palpably natural. This draws the saliva from the mouth. Reaching for the next glass is auto-pilot. Bravo! Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Ned Goodwin MW (The Real Review)

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    Murray A.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Great value

    Easy drinker, crisp with a satisfying but low residual sugar. Punches above its weight.

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    3 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    No brainer

    Delicious fresh Riesling with lingering lime and a crisp steely finish. My go to Riesling.

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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 Best's Great Western

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