Bests Great Western Late Disgorged Sparkling Shiraz 2012
A unique Australian wine, Best’s Great Western Sparkling Shiraz was re- introduced at Best’s in 2006 after an almost 40 year absence. Part of our proud history, the sparkling Shiraz style is synonymous with the Great Western and has been made in the region since the early 1900s. Releasing a sparkling version of Best’s famous Shiraz was a natural progression and a great opportunity for Best’s Great Western to refine the style of sparkling Shiraz from the region.
Former winemaker Adam Wadewitz discovered that certain blocks within the region really lent themselves exceptionally well to the sparkling Shiraz style. He sought counsel from our owner Viv Thomson as well as Ian Mackenzie (formerly a winemaker at Seppelt) to ensure the wine reflected the origins of where it came from but also was characteristic of the regional style. The Shiraz grapes are picked early, made in vats and see no oak treatment at all. The result is a wine with a medium body, which retains its freshness and intensity with age. Adam’s goal was to ensure that Best’s Great Western Sparkling Shiraz defines the Great Western region and was seen as an elegant, refined and well-balanced wine.
Current winemaker, Justin Purser has embraced the sparkling Shiraz project and has initiated some improvements, including using aged Liqueur Muscat material from old casks at Best’s as the dosage in the Sparkling Shiraz. Justin is also working closely with Ben Thomson in the vineyard to finely tune the best vineyard block for the sparkling Shiraz.
A deep, youthful purple with bright hues and lovely persistent mousse, it immediately exhibits lovely black pepper, spice, dark cherry and hints of chocolate. In the mouth it is a rush of complex, intense dark fruit characters - this is a serious wine - with brilliant acidity that cuts through the generous fruit sweetness and delivers a savoury finish. It is arguably a touch more approachable than the previous release 2010 with the same fruit that propelled it to the JWT, evident in this fizz. An 'Excellent' wine with the value at least as good, especially considering production runs only into the hundreds of cases. And I won’t even mention – okay, perhaps a little mention – that this is the fraction of both the price and production of the neighbouring premium sparkling reds and as a result sells out very quickly each year. Christmas dinner fare right here!
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