Category Archives: Grampians

Bests Great Western 2015 Riesling: Wine Review

If only we could leap forward 10 years sometimes. Aged Riesling a a joy to behold and something tells me the Bests Great Western 2015 Riesling will develop into a beauty.Bests 2015 Riesling

At the present time on the nose there’s lemon curd, juicy red apple, and subtle floral bath salts in the background.  While not exactly leaping from the glass (possibly a little too cool) its still interesting and alluring.

On the palate of the Bests Great Western Riesling, the first thing noticed is the sweetness.  More than a hint, but in no way overriding. Definitely in the off dry category or possibly ‘halbtrocken’ for those Rieslings freaks.

Ripe mandarin and lime citrus, a little kick of acid balancing it all.  Red apple again makes an appearance, making it full and round. The sweetness adequately countered a good hit of chilli in a Vietnamese chicken salad.

Other reviews of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2014 Bin 1 Shiraz.

Alcohol: 12.0%
RRP: $25
Region: Grampians, VIC
Source: Provided by producer

Bests Great Western 2014 Bin 1 Shiraz: Wine Review

Hot on the heels of the Bests 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, my interest was pique as to what wonders they could produce from the Great Western region of Victoria.
Bests Shiraz

Cooler climate Shiraz has always been a relief. Often offering meal complementing flavours and mouthfeel, without feeling like you have had a meal replacement.

The Bests Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz provides more of the red fruit (some dark berries), lovely floral perfume made me think Viognier (but there was no mention of it on the lable). A hint of dried provecale herbs and roasted fennel. Typical cool climate spices of white pepper show themselves.

On the palate its soft and luscious.  Tannins are fine and smooth, but still supportive of the fruit. Fruit is darker berries and ripe dark plums oozing with fresh summer juice. Finishing dryer in flavours, with a savoury edge of warmed black olives. A little more complexity would make it great, possibly developing over the next 5 years.

Being more medium weight, this would complement a broad range of dishes. The acidity means it could manage tomato based slow cooked meats. The 2014 Bin 1 Shiraz shows that Bests Great Western again provides good value in a smart package.

Alcohol: 14.0%
RRP: $25
Region: Grampians, VIC
Source: Provided by producer

Best’s Great Western 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Review

150 years in any business should be celebrated. 150 years in business when you are at the mercy of mother nature and still producing excellent wines should be sung from the rooftops. Next year Best’s Great Western will be celebrating this great milestone.

Founded in Victoria’s Great Western wine region in 1866 by Henry Best. In 1920 Best’s Great Western was purchased by the Thomson family, and is still run by the family after 5 generations. Bests Cabernet

The 2014 Best’s Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon shows great concentration and vibrancy, without showing any over extraction.  On the nose its bright, and intense. Ripe dark berry fruit, floral violets and some warm sweet spice add to complexity.

On the palate, concentration is consistent with the aromas.  Packed full of fresh ripe dark berries. Displaying density without being too unctuous or cloying. Warm spices, like cinnamon and clove, envelop the mouth. Acidity keeps everything fresh and in balance. Supportive tannins and fresh acidity mean it could cope with roast spring lamb studded with garlic and rosemary. A smart wine, offering great value. I hope the next 150 years continue making impressive products.

Alcohol: 14.0%
RRP: $25
Region: Grampians, Victoria
Source: Provided by producer