96 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday
95 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke
Riesling vines were first planted as part of Henry Best’s ‘Nursery Block’ vineyard in the 1860s. From subsequent plantings in 1944 and 1978, Riesling has become a significant part of their regime.
The Riesling vines from Great Western produce flavorsome, elegantly structured, spectacularly age-worthy Rieslings which stand confidently alongside some of the most outstanding Australian examples of the variety. In recent times, the style has evolved to match the continental climatic conditions to a beautifully balanced wine with texture and aromatics.
“Bit of a treat. Scintillating style, juiciness and length. Meyer lemon, lime, red apple and slate. Unencumbered lines. Pleasure and pain, in a good way. Oh the acidity.” – 94 Points Campbell Mattinson, Winefront.
“Light, bright yellow colour with a fresh, crisp, dry herb and nettle, nutty savoury aroma, which is yet to fully develop. A nutty suspicion of a barrel-aged component. The wine is slightly off-dry and also high-acid, with a crisp, fruity, tangy palate and finish with a very jazzy sweetness/acid counterpoint. It finishes cleansingly crisp and dry. An excellent wine, nervy and bright. It commands attention.” – 95 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke
“Pale straw-green; the bouquet is enticing, but it’s the palate that sends all the senses into overdrive. Intense lime juice intersects with shiny bright acidity. This takes mouthwatering flavours onto new levels. Great length inevitably follows, promising a very long life. The Great Western subregion deserves far greater recognition for its rieslings.” – 96 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2018 James Halliday