2022 Best’s Great Western Pinot Noir
The fruit for this wine comes from 1980 and 1987 Pinot Noir plantings in the Concongella vineyards, at Best’s Great Western and the 1997 plantings at the elevated vineyard at Rhymney. The clones are Best’s, MV6, D5V12 & D2V5.
Semi translucent dark red colour with black toned edges and a bright red purple hue. Fragrant red cherry and strawberry scents infused with violets captivate the olfactory senses with some fresh herb, delicate forest floor and spicy cedar notes also evident. Vibrant juicy red cherry and strawberry fruits line the elegant palate with infusions of fresh herbs, forest floor and spicy cedar lying underneath. Polished tannins with fresh acidity lending an energetic feel to the long red fruited conclusion.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
If consumers are surprised to see Grampians Riesling taking it up to the more noteworthy Riesling regions, they are often doubly taken aback to see how good Grampians Pinot can be. With vines dating back to the 1860s and with more recent plantings in the 1980s, Best’s old vine Pinot plantings definitely play a role here in the quality stakes. Bright, glistening red hues. Alluring scents come out to play in pomegranate, cherry and cranberry with just a touch of blood orange rind and a small pinch of spice and vanilla. While cedary oak provides a steady background note, the palate is given over to red cherries and earth with a touch of Amaro bitters, sinewy in mouth feel, slightly savoury in edge and finishing dry and clean. It gives Grampians Pinot Noir a good name and is most definitely a wine to be taken seriously. Drink 2023-2032.
Jeni Port – WinePilot.com