The Great Western range of wines provides an ideal introduction to the unique wine style of Great Western. These accessibly priced wines show detailed aromatic qualities set within a medium-bodied framework. The ‘continental’ climate, relatively unique in Australia, defined by cold nights and warm afternoons, means the fruit grown here develops flavours slowly through the day, building intense and varietal aromas and characters.

Trophy - Champion of Show - Ballarat Wine Show 2018
Trophy - Best Shiraz - Ballarat Wine Show 2018
Trophy - Best Regional Red - Ballarat Wine Show 2018
Trophy - Chairman's Best Wine - Ballarat Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Ballarat Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Royal Perth Wine Show 2018
Gold Medal - Royal Sydney Wine Show 2019
(96 Points) - Royal Sydney Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
(95 Points) - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2019
95 Points - James Halliday; Wine Companion 2020

The decidedly cool climate of the Great Western subregion comes through the bouquet and palate in an unbroken stream of black cherry, licorice, spice and earth. The detailed framework of the wine captures elegance and compelling flavour, finely tuned and ripe tannins joining a wisp of French oak providing length. Drink by: 2037; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Sep 2018; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

I looked at this over three days and a) it didn’t show an inch of oxidation at any stage, and b) all it really did throughout that time was turn increasingly elegant. On the first day I consumed a glass and was surprised at how rich and ripe it seemed; I found myself apologising to my cool-climate-loving friends (they’re Victorians, you know) for serving something so fruit dominant. Of course, they looked at me non-plussed (or with ambivalence, I’m always confusing the two). When I came back the next day and then the day after what really impressed me was the finesse of the tannin, and how seamlessly it sits in the wine. This is a wine of the spotless kind, a trait we can eternally appreciate. Berries mostly, red, blue and black; a hint of florals, some garden mint, the merest suggestion of twigs. It felt glossy and polished at first but over the course it seemed to resemble Best’s shiraz more than anything; it just has that cool-but-warm flow; drinking it is like taking a midday stroll in Spring. The t-shirt I would have printed for this wine simply says: It’s not hard to be a fan. Tasted: Oct 18; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $25; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2029; Rated: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

 

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SKU 1479
Brand Bests
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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