Best's Old Vine Pinot Meunier 2017


'Liquid history' - James Halliday 98 Points!
"Enthusiasts and collectors will be well served." - Wine Front

Australia, VIC, Great Western
750mL
#Red  #Other Reds  #Best's  #Victoria  #Great Western  

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James Halliday 98 Points!


"This is liquid history from the oldest Pinot Meunier vines in the world. Add in a very good vintage and sure hands in the winery, and you would likely buy it just for it's quality. Light but bright crimson. its length is prodigious, its scented bouquet a siren call, the palate silk. Drink to 2037"


 

James Halliday, Weekend Australian, June 2018


 

"Our Pinot Meunier vineyards were first planted in 1868, comprising about 85% Pinot Meunier and the remaining component being Pinot Noir. Today, we hand-pick and sort the grapes, which are then fermented in small open fermenters and matured in French oak. It is the earliest picked red grape at Best's.

 

This unique vineyard block is treated with meticulous care and in good vintages this block is made into a ‘single block’ wine. This decade, Best’s Great Western ‘Old Vine’ Pinot Meunier has been made in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.

 

The Best’s Old Vine Pinot Meunier has a cult following, particularly in the wine community, where people understand the scarcity of this varietal planting. Best’s Old Vine Pinot Meunier is made only in the best vintages; in other years, the fruit goes into Best’s Concongella Collection Young Vine Pinot Meunier.

 

This is the best Old Vine Pinot Meunier I’ve made during my time at Best’s. It’s fragrant and complex, with lots of length. This vintage is also significant as it marks the 50th anniversary of Viv Thomson’s inspired decision to produce his first single-variety expression of this variety in 1967

 

The 2017 vintage shows all the attractive flavours of Pinot Meunier with that added layer of finesse given by the vines’ age. The bouquet is full of dried rose petal and culinary spices forming part of a deep scented aroma. The palate displays glacé cherries with savoury spicy notes bonded in a harmonious marriage with the lingering velvet structure."


 

- Best's Great Western

 


 Oh for a time machine to ask Henry Best what he liked about pinot meunier to plant it in 1868 in his vineyard in Great Western. Wonderful that it’s survived to make this wine today.


It has immediate charm. Glossy texture, light weight yet flavoursome, highly perfumed and set to white strawberry, vanilla, briary notes and faint white pepper, there’s drinkability in spades. It’s long in flavour, smooth and balanced well (texture is glorious), with a refreshing, gently bitter twist in its extended flavours. Enthusiasts and collectors will be well served.


Mike Bennie, Wine Front, May 2018