A.T. Richardson Chockstone Shiraz 2015, Grampians, AUD $27
Best’s Great Western Sparkling Shiraz 2013, Grampians, AUD $35
Fermenting shiraz with its stems is an ancient technique which is enjoying a revival.
A.T. Richardson Chockstone Shiraz 2014, Grampians, AUD $27
Clarnette & Ludvigsen Shiraz 2014, Grampians, AUD $35
I’ve just spent a couple of days at Best’s Great Western, catching up with developments as the Thomson family celebrate their 150th anniversary this year. The vineyard was established by Henry Best in 1866 and the Thomson family bought it in 1920 – which probably means they’ll be having another celebration in four years.
Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Riesling, Grampians 2012 $19.99 This is a backward, slow-aging riesling of restrained honey, poached peach and stony mineral aromas. There’s a trace of sweetness, which adds to its accessibility. Delicious and intensely varietal. (12.5 per cent alcohol; screw cap) Score: 92 ★★★★
Treasury Wine Estates has announced it’s to close the Seppelt Great Western winery. This is a tragedy, but it’s not unexpected. Treasury and other major wine groups have been progressively closing or scaling-back wineries around the country for years.
What is it about the name Adam and the Great Western region? Adam Wadewitz is a former winemaker at Best’s (now at Shaw + Smith), Adam Carnaby is the present winemaker at Seppelt, and Adam Richardson is one of the newer additions to what is a relatively intimate winemaking scene. The Grampians region has about 450 hectares of vines and only 18 wine producers.
Best’s Great Western Riesling, Grampians 2013 $25 This is a bright, fragrant, off-dry style of riesling with superb freshness, flavour and balance in the mouth. Its fruit, sweetness and acidity are well harmonised. It’s a delicious drink now and the track-record indicates it should age