Best's Great Western Small Batch Releases March 2018
It is these unique, small batch wines steeped in history that give Best's its special charm and reputation in Australian wine.
Chardonnay was one of the varietals planted first in the Concongella Vineyard in the 1970’s even though cuttings were extremely hard to come by at the time. Our winemaker Justin Purser has considerable experience and a passion for making chardonnay. He assisted during four vintages with outstanding chardonnay producer Domaine de Montille in Meursault, Burgundy before taking his position at Best’s.
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.
Dolcetto was first planted in the Nursery Block at Best’s in the 1860’s, and all subsequent plantings at Best’s have come from cuttings of these original vines. The 1860’s vineyards are still providing fruit for our modern day wines.....history in a bottle.
Made from grapes sourced off our own Riesling blocks, along with Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat from a passionate local grower. The blend is inspired by the great classic white blends of the noble varieties in Alsace, France.
This unique wine comes from our ‘Young Vine’ plantings of Pinot Meunier which were established in 1970- a century after our original “old vine” plantings.The addition of a small amount of Best’s ‘Old Clone’ Pinot Noir to this wine has added an extra dimension and richness to this wine.
One of our Best Kept Secrets is that Best’s Great Western is home to some of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the world. Best’s Old Clone Pinot Noir was first picked and labelled as Old Clone in the 2006 vintage. This wine's history goes back to the planting of Miller's Burgundy at Best's in 1868, when Pinot Noir vines were mixed in with Pinot Meunier.