2022 Foudre Ferment Riesling
Colour: Pale straw with flashes of silver
Bouquet: Bright lemon juice, with hints of flint, jasmine and white peach
Palate: Immediate bright mouth filling acids with lemon rind flavours and a touch of perfume, white flowers, granite and the faintest hint of soft oak.
The palate is long, full and lingers.
Cellaring: The aromatic characteristics of this wine are best appreciated in the short to medium term, but this wine will gain complexity over the next ten years or so. Drink now to 2034.
Pairing: Try it with uncomplicated fish dishes.
Vintage: Vintage 2022 began with a very cool spring, misty conditions and low hanging fog. Fruit flowering took some time due to the cooler conditions which is typical for the region after a larger vintage in 2021. Low crops resulted in high concentration of flavour in both the Great Western and Rhymney Riesling vineyards.
Region: Great Western, Victoria
Grape Variety: Riesling
Winemaker: Jacob Parton
Winepilot, Jeni Port – April 2023
With the 2022 vintage, the follow up to the marvellously complex 2021, we see another example of a wine at the top of its game for both the maker and the variety. Two great vintages in a row. Lime juice, preserved lemon, pink grapefruit, Thai basil, rosemary, honeysuckle, ginger – the ’22 is astonishingly complex in aromas and flavours. You have to admire the juxtaposition of the utter brightness of the fruit, tingly and snappy, to the wine’s honeyed smoothness and texture. It is a great flavour sensation, fresh, alive, honeyed and mellow (especially across the middle palate) at the same time, finishing with rousing fruit tingle brightness. Any way you put it, it’s another brilliant Riesling.
Drink 2023- 2031. Rating: 96 points
WBM Tyson Stelzer – June 2023
Riesling that simultaneously upholds tension and varietal integrity in the presence of texture and body without any reliance upon sweetness is rare indeed, and especially so in Australia. Best’s has emerged as the exemplar, and 2022, is a quintessential case in point. To achieve such crunchy, vibrant focused energy and yet such creamy nutty buttery texture and such spicy exoticism is a mighty fine act. Wait for this one. 12.0 % Rating: 96 points
Hamish Thomson explains our 2022 Foudre Ferment Riesling in detail in the video below.