The fruit for this wine comes from 1980 and 1987 Pinot Noir plantings in the Concongella vineyards, at Best’s Great Western and the 1997 plantings at the elevated vineyard at Rhymney. Pinot Noir was first planted in the Nursery Block at Best’s in the 1860’s. It is believed that the origin of these vines was the James Busby collection, Australia’s first vines. These Pinot Noir cuttings were sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Burgundy. The original Best’s plantings are now thought to be the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the world, and one of these clones is thought to exist nowhere else in the world. 

Packs a lot of flavour intensity into its medium-bodied frame, together with a strong Aussie bush signature. Delightfully aromatic aromas in dark cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, bay leaf and violet. Gentle oak spice on the palate introduces a detailed, deeply flavoured and creamy palate wrapped in close-knit tannins. A good pinot is a rare beast in these parts and one to be enjoyed. Drink to: 2027; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2022; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 92 Points & Special Value Star; Jeni Port; James Halliday Wine Companion

Despite its asking price this Pinot Noir will drink at its best after a few extra years in bottle. The flavours sit back in the palate, not so eager or in a hurry to please. Given time to breathe though there is yet good drinking to be had now: its cherried fruit comes earth-strewn and macerated, its beet-like flavours laced with woodsy/smoky herb and oak notes. It’s varietal, it’s well balanced and made, it feels settled and composed, with perfectly-judged tannin drawing back through the finish. At $25 I’m firmly of the opinion that this is fantastic value. Tasted: Mar 2022; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $25; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2023-2027+; Rated: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

 

(19618)

SKU 19618
Brand Bests
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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