Best's Great Western Riesling 2017
VICTORIAN WINE SHOW 2017
Trophy for Best Riesling
Gold Medal - 96 Points
Pale straw with green and silver hints. Lifted aromas of kaffir lime, guava and jasmine with a background of red apple and lime zest. Fine lime flavours with a mouth coating texture and a fresh and lingering steely finish.
The Rieslings of Best’s have a proven ability to mature gracefully for 20 years or more. This example is no exception and its youthful freshness is a good sign for its long life in the cellar. It will gather complex toasty aromas and flavours as the years pass. An early budburst and warm spring set the vineyard up well with good fruit set and lush balanced canopies. The summer was warm and dry and some exposed vines struggled. The short and early vintage with cold nights and warm days produced pristine Riesling grapes and rich varietal flavours in the wines.
The Wine Front – Fundamentally delicious white wine. Lifted, floral, driven by citrus, soft on the tongue – and it lingers. Kaffir lime, red apple, curry leaf maybe, a spicy/chalky note. A delicate, minute sweetness helps ease the drive of the fruit. Any day, every day.
James Halliday – Bright straw-green, fuller than many of its vintage peers. The length of the palate is exceptional, as is the fluid line of the intertwined citrus fruit and acidity, lime and Meyer lemon fruit. The result is a riesling that will be drunk before its due time, and I would be happy to join forces tonight. 95 POINTS – James Halliday
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