95 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
The fruit for this wine comes from 1980 and 1987 Pinot Noir plantings in the Concongella Vineyards at Best’s Great Western and the Salvation Hills Vineyard at Rhymney, which has been in the Thomson family since 1996.
Pinot Noir was first planted in the Nursery Block at Best’s in the 1860s. It’s believed the origin of these vines dates back to the James Busby collection, Australia’s first vines, of which the Pinot Noir was sourced from 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. Another one of their Best Kept Secrets….
“Hand-picked, open-fermented with 50% whole bunches, matured for 6 months in French oak (10% new). This is a very impressive Pinot Noir. It’s obvious the cool vintage wasn’t too cool, although it also required a sure touch in the winery, letting the wine have its say and not over-extracting it. The spicy, savoury elements are balanced, and held in a sheath of red berry fruits.” – 95 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday