The Riesling vines from Great Western produce flavoursome, elegantly structured, spectacularly age-worthy Rieslings which stand confidently alongside some of the most outstanding Australian examples of the variety. In recent times, the style has evolved to match the continental climatic conditions to a beautifully balanced wine with texture and aromatics.
Chardonnay was one of the varietals planted in the Concongella Vineyard in the 1970’s despite the fact that cuttings were extremely hard to come by at the time. The fruit for this wine comes from an old single vineyard located in a cool sheltered site within the Great Western GI.
Best’s Sparkling Shiraz epitomises the regional characteristics with plenty of spice and plummy fruit characters. The dosage liqueur for this wine contains a small quantity of very old Best’s Liqueur Muscat that gives the wine an added layer of interest and complements the style.
This sparkling wine was inspired by Christine Mary Thomson (C.M.T.) who for many years has worked alongside her husband Viv, continuing the Thomson family traditions as custodians of Best’s Wines at Great Western.
Made from Henry Best’s first plantings at our Concongella vineyard, the historic Nursery Block is a veritable vineyard museum with 39 separate varieties, eight remaining unknown and unnamed to this day. This is a wine that speaks more about history, soil and place than variety, a unique expression of our Australian wine heritage.
Bin No. 1 is a classic, cool climate, aromatic Shiraz, made in a style that is perfumed, spicy and peppery, yet well balanced with no overt dominance of alcohol. It’s a great match with food – particularly dishes like spring lamb.
2023 Halliday Wine Companion, Wine of the Year, Riesling of the Year and White Wine of the Year. The Foudre Ferment is a representation of another facet of Riesling’s charms and exhibits both the complexities of a barrel ferment and spontaneous fermentation.
Inspired by the great Shiraz wines of the world often made with some viognier. This wine contains a small amount of Viognier, which helps brighten the colour, lift the aromatics and polish the Shiraz flavours on the palate.
This youthful wine boasts succulent and plush dark berry flavours with velvety tannins and a lingering minerality. It is drinking well now with food, but it will soften and gain complexity over the next 10- 15 years.
By taking the free run juice from predominantly Pinot Noir grapes with smaller amounts of Pinot Meunier and Shiraz we have created a vibrant Rosé that can be drunk chilled with food or as an aperitif. A must have in everyone’s fridge this summer.