There’s a reason that Best’s has become a lauded heritage name of the Grampians and, indeed, the Australian wine landscape. The Great Western Riesling makes a case for Riesling grown in the subregion—it’s fit for any cellar, and is consistently excellent, vintage on vintage.
This is light on the palate, bright, and energetic. It is made in an off dry style, with a slight lingering and somewhat zesty sweetness. Citrus and minerality meet with a pleasing juiciness. Drink now. Or watch it develop for over ten years.
Pale straw-green; the bouquet is enticing, but it's the palate that sends all the senses into overdrive. Intense lime juice intersects with shiny bright acidity. This takes mouthwatering flavours onto new levels. Great length inevitably follows, promising a very long life. The Great Western subregion deserves far greater recognition for its rieslings.
96 points, James Halliday (September 2018)
Light, bright yellow colour with a fresh, crisp, dry herb and nettle, nutty savoury aroma, which is yet to fully develop. A nutty suspicion of a barrel-aged component. The wine is slightly off-dry and also high-acid, with a crisp, fruity, tangy palate and finish with a very jazzy sweetness/acid counterpoint. It finishes cleansingly crisp and dry. An excellent wine, nervy and bright. It commands attention.
95 points, Huon Hooke (November 2018)
Bit of a treat. Scintillating style, juiciness and length. Meyer lemon, lime, red apple and slate. Unencumbered lines. Pleasure and pain, in a good way. Oh the acidity.
94 points, Campbell Mattinson (October 2018)
A consistently excellent riesling from stalwart producer Best's. This is an outstanding release and a no-brainer for cellaring, especially at this price point. It's highly perfumed with citrus and floral characters, pure in grapefruit and apple flavours to taste, but it's the scintillating line of acidity and tight squeaky finish that determines this wine's pedigree and potential for a long life in a cellar. Drink now, sure, but also drink over the next 20 years.
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The GrampiansLocated in western Central Victoria, the Grampians was settled during the gold rush of the 1850’s. Indeed the vivid history of the gold rush is inextricably intertwined with the history of viticulture in the region. Seppelt at Great Western, one of the region’s iconic wineries was built at the end of the gold rush when scores of out-of-work prospectors excavated its extensive drives and cellars. The "drives" completed in 1932, stretch for three kilometres and provide perfect conditions for the maturation of sparkling wine, for which the region is well-known. The climate of the Grampians is Mediterranean and essentially cool with vineyards situated at elevations ranging from 240 to 350m. The region experiences long sunshine hours and low rainfall necessitating supplementary irrigation. Soils in the region range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy and red clay loams interspersed with ironstone. The region is suited to a diverse range of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon but is best known for its crisp fruity Riesling and distinctive spicy peppery Shiraz.