For me inflicting Riesling to extended skin contact, wild fermentation in a large oak foudre could well set alarm bells ringing. But I love this wine. It has a complex nose with honey, orange blossom, wet stone and a hint of lees. The palate is dry, textured and firm but supported by some lemon pithe driven acidity, more orange rind flavours and a long finish. It achieves the right balance between building complexity, whilst maintaining some varietal characteristics. Buy it before it is sold out.
Best’s Foudre Ferment Riesling 2021, Great Western, Victoria
Outstanding (Score range 95-100)
Often an internationally recognised, leading brand or winery – but not always! Produces a classic wine that is a faultless representation of the style/variety. Complexity on the nose and a seamless palate are an example of the hallmarks of an outstanding wine.
Highly Recommended (Score range 92-94)
A quality focused wine that has plenty of style. Length of palate and intensity are often key characteristics of highly recommended wines. These producers could be the ones to watch in the future.
Recommended (Score range 89-91)
An above average well-made, reflection of the style/variety, which often represents good value for money.