2019 Best’s Great Western LSV Shiraz
Inspired by the great Shiraz wines of the Northern Rhone in France, this wine contains Shiraz from the best elevated vineyards in Great Western and is co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier (4%). The viognier helps brighten the colour, lift the aromatics and polish the Shiraz flavours on the palate.
Plush, refined and silky yet beautifully structured.
Impenetrable midnight black heart with a deep dark red black hue. Soaring out of the glass are intense aromatics of dark plum, liquorice and black cherry which are followed by some subtle scorched earth, fennel and pepper. A faint whiff of apricot is also evident in the background. Rich spicy dark plum, liquorice and blueberry fruits cast a plush feel across the medium to full bodied palate with notions of earthy fennel, vanillin cedar, faint black olive and blackpepper lying underneath. Nicely judged acidity with firm, slightly chalky tannins providing plenty of structure. Concludes long and concentrated with lots of spice and pepper.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Co-fermented with a small amount of viognier, elevating this wine into deliberate Rhône-like territory, the maker admitting to be inspired by the wines of the Old World. This is one decadent, spiced-up, juicy, red-hearted shiraz, pulsing in energy. Bush mint, pepper, anise, red and black cherry, dried raspberry aromas. A light savouriness enhances what is one impressive wine. Drink by 2032.
Jeni Port – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
The instantly recognizable, fragrant kick of viognier adds ginger and orchard fruit to the peppery, shiraz red berries on offer here. Real cool-climate style and very expressive. The palate is beautifully round and expansive and delivers red plums and dark peaches in a fresh, succulent frame of tannin. Drink over the next seven years. Screw cap.