Best’s or Best’s Great Western, as many call it, is one of Australia’s true icon wineries, laying claim to be one of the nation’s oldest wineries, having been growing grapes and making wines since the 1860’s. Located in the Grampians area of Victoria’s Great Western region in western Victoria state, the higher altitude and dry climate of the region makes it perfect place to grow grapes of exceptional quality. Having just tasted through the entire line up, the wine that really caught our attention was the just released 2021 Pinot Noir. It’s a more delicate take on the varietal with some engaging exotic spice to the core of vibrant red fruit aromatically, medium body with sleek tannins, this has surprising depth and a lengthy finish enhanced with a noted chalky, mineral component. With the holiday season fast approaching this is another wine that will go with the meals that are all part of the festive season.
92 pts Wine Advocate Oct 2022
The 2021 Great Western Pinot Noir is austere, detailed, mineral and chalky… a brilliant combination of factors, in my opinion. The length tails out over the lingering finish and exposes an array of red berries, exotic spices and a cooling acid line that sits featherlight on the palate after the wine has gone. Best’s has been growing Pinot Noir on the Concongella vineyard since the 1860s, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they decided to extend their plantings with cuttings from the original vines. This is a lacy Pinot Noir with plenty of back-palate persistence. Elegant plus.
92 pts James Suckling Oct 2022
Pretty nose of wild strawberries, pomegranates, red cherries, rose water, red tea and licorice. Delicate and elegant, with a medium body and silky, sleek tannins. Fresh and bright. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
92 ptsHalliday Wine Companion March 2022
Packs a lot of flavour intensity into its medium-bodied frame, together with a strong Aussie bush signature. Delightfully aromatic aromas in dark cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, bay leaf and violet. Gentle oak spice on the palate introduces a detailed, deeply flavoured and creamy palate wrapped in close-knit tannins. A good pinot is a rare beast in these parts and one to be enjoyed.
Pinot Noir was first planted in the Nursery Block at Best’s in the late 1860’s. The original Best’s plantings are now thought to be the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the world, and one of these clones is thought to exist nowhere else in the world. It is believed that the origin of these vines was the James Busby collection, Australia’s first vines. These Pinot Noir cuttings were sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Burgundy.
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.
Perfumed dark cherries, pomegranate and grilled steak with a whiff of spiced oak.
Fleshy red fruits with a breadth of savoury, but soft lingering tannins. Rounded and harmonious.
Cellaring: 10-15 years
Vintage: An excellent season with near perfect growing conditions right through to harvest. Adequate winter
and spring rainfalls set the wines up to burst into life and sustain beautifully balanced growth throughout
the summer. Autumn was ideal with little rainfalland warm conditions to ensure the grapes matured gracefully.