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Foudre Ferment Riesling

The tale of our Foudre Ferment Riesling begins with the delayed reception of a 2500L French oak foudre crafted by Marc Grenier of Burgundy. It was installed in a central position in the winery and both Ben and Viv Thomson questioned its arrival, as there were already 'enough' large old casks in the winery.

Ben remembered he had approved its commission. Viv shook his head disapprovingly. The cask’s arrival coincided with the revelation of some beautiful honeyed juice that came from combining the Riesling of several different blocks. The foudre was put to use and filled with this juice, starting to warm slowly and ferment with wild yeasts. The first Riesling to be released from this process was the 2012 EVT 51 Riesling.

This resulting wine exhibited both the complexities of a barrel ferment and spontaneous fermentation without the overt oak flavour, due to the size of the foudre. In a blind tasting Viv picked the wine as his favourite of the vintage and was very surprised of its origin once revealed. The Foudre Ferment Riesling is the successor of the well-received EVT 51. 

Due to the ongoing success of this wine, Best's Wines received delivery of a second foudre barrel, late in 2020. This foudre was crafted by the famed Bouchard Cooperages in Schneckenleitner, Austria.

The 2021 Foudre Ferment Riesling is a representation of another facet of Rieslings's charms.  Displaying complex aromatic richness with texture and acidity to balance, it is the ideal accompaniment to steamed barramundi. .

2021 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 rainfall and warm conditions to ensure the grapes matured gracefully.  

Halliday’s Top 100 for 2021 – Whites over $30  - 2020 Foudre Ferment Riesling 

Made from juice with extended skin contact and wild fermented in a large oak foudre, more or less exactly how a winemaker in the Rheingau would make a kabinett riesling. It pulsates with a sinuous dance between the juicy lime fruits and delicate but intense acidity.  Drink to 2035. Rating:  97 points 

The Real Review, March 2020 - 2019 Foudre Ferment Riesling 

White flowers and baby powder.  Lime blossums are open and loose-knit as it flows through to the mid-palate where they hand off to a layer of lime curd and oyster-shell, a touch of dry sawdust gives hints to the winemaking used.  Sweetness is there but so well-controlled by a pithy acid line, so the finish is bright and clean.  Drink now - 2028  Rating: 93 points

Huon Hooke Review, Sept 2018 -  2017 Foudre Ferment Riesling 

Light to medium bright yellow colour. The bouquet has dried flowers and stone fruits, with apricot and peach hints, as well as a little toastiness starting up. And lavender. The wine is soft and open-knit, full and dry with middle-palate fruit sweetness and generous ripe flavour. It's starting to drink really well at 18 months of age. A very complex wine that takes Aussie Riesling to a new place.  Rating: 95 points


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