2021 Best’s Great Western Riesling
Riesling vines were first planted as part of Henry Best’s ‘Nursery Block’ vineyard in the 1860s. Subsequent plantings followed in 1944 (since removed), 1978 and 1998. Always very flavoursome and very age worthy, the Best’s Great Western Rieslings are renown for their beautiful balance, texture and aromatics.
Brilliant water like core with a distinct glimmer of green around the outskirts. Intense lime zest, red apple and orange blossom scents fill the nostrils. Notions of mandarin, talc and minerals also chime in. Zippy lime, lemon and orange rind flavours race across the palate underpinned by zesty acidity. Tangy mandarin and flinty mineral elements lend further interest. Finishes dry with a long racy aftertaste.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
A super-fresh riesling with lightly spicy edges to the lemon and sliced-pear fruit. There’s green apple on the palate and a dry, crisp run to the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink this young.
As ever, a very distinguished riesling, its fluid power and the insistence of the palate results in exceptional length, crackling minerally acidity, married with lemon and lime fruit. Bargain. Drink by 2036.
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion