A.T. Richardson Chockstone Shiraz 2016, Grampians, AUD $24-$27
One of the fascinations of wine is how the same grape variety can produce wine of differing flavours and styles in different parts of one vineyard. Mount Langi Ghiran is a prime example.
Best’s Great Western Sparkling Shiraz 2014, Grampians, AUD $35
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 ★★★★