2023 Best's Great Western Young Vine Pinot Meunier

Uplifting, delicate red from Best's, made from their 'younger' Pinot Meunier vines.

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Old or Young is simply a matter of perception. The vines for this lovely youthful iteration of Best's famous Pinot Meunier are way older than the average DD staff member. They just aren't over 100 years old, which is the material that goes into the rare Old Vine Pinot Meunier.

All estate fruit from a vineyard planted in the 1970s with cuttings taken from the original 19th century vineyard.

It's just a beautiful, gentle mid-weight wine, with plenty of floral aromatics, savoury spice and and effortless feel. Some sneaky silky tannins on the finish. A sheer delight to drink.

Generally used in sparkling wine production, Pinot Meunier is rarely made as a straight-table red wine. However, at Best's we have been producing small quantities of single-varietal red wines from Pinot Meunier since the 1960s, with the vineyards and wines gaining cult-like status (and loyal followers) along the way. This unique wine comes from our ‘Young Vine’ plantings of Pinot Meunier which were established in 1970- a century after our “old vine” plantings and grown from cuttings of those original vines.

Region: Great Western, Victoria
Grape Variety: Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 13.0 %
Winemaker: Jacob Parton

Colour : Medium red intensity with a ruby/garnet hue. Bouquet : A complex bouquet of crushed strawberries, cherry, spice, and dried herb.
Palate : A fresh vibrant palate filled with red berries, cherries, and orange peel. This wine is well balanced with fine tannins and crunchy acidity. Good to drink in the short term but it should age well for 7-15 years.
Vintage : Vintage 2023 began with a very wet spring. Rain and cool temperatures were the theme up until Christmas. Into the new year, the rain ceased, and some warmer weather followed. The 2023 vintage was long and late with the first Pinot Meunier grapes being harvested in Mid-March. This long cool vintage allowed fruit flavours to mature, while natural acidity was retained.

Our Winemaker Jacob's thoughts on the 'perfect pairing'...

Baked Figs with Blue Cheese:
Now I believe that baked figs with blue cheese works really well with the Young Vine Pinot Meunier because traditionally figs pair very well with other fruits, specifically citrus fruit. Pinot Meunier really expresses primary flavours of blood orange citrus, so that’s a really good pairing.

The blue cheese adds a lot of richness to the dish and the Pinot Meunier is naturally an acidic red variety. It just manages to cut through the richness with the acid keeping the pair, quite fresh and vibrant so you get like a rich, sweet, fig and cheese match with good citrus and acidity that creates the perfect pairing.

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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