Best’s Great Western Foudre Ferment Riesling 2023


Yes, oak was involved in the making of this ground-breaking Aussie Riesling, first produced in 2012. No, you won’t taste oak in the wine. What you do experience is something that mingles between the exotic, the floral, the citrussy and the textural, exploring the broad canvas that is modern Riesling. English country garden and wildflower scents with green apple, lime peel, citrus and a light dusting of herbs. Immediately, it’s recognisably Riesling but more complex in scope. Wild fermentation in seasoned, 2500L Austrian and French foudre brings all manner of flavour depth and waxy textural appeal to the palate, all nicely offset by concentrated lemon, lime zest, apple and spice. Acidity is perky and bright but never intrusive. Love the touch of grip to this wine, yet another totally enjoyable point of difference.