James Halliday 94:
These venerable old vines invariably produce wines of great staying power, and this is no exception; graphite minerals, red and black fruit, hints of tar and a firm backbone of fine-grained tannins; excellent concentration is evident, and whilst a little austere as a young wine, will reward patient cellaring.
Best’s Great Western ‘Old Vine’ Pinot Meunier 2010
The Millers Burgundy vineyard, first planted in 1867, was made up of about 85% Pinot Meunier and the rest was Pinot Noir. This unique vineyard block is treated with care and in good vintages this block is made into a ‘single block’ wine. The grapes are handpicked and sorted, aged in French oak and made with meticulous care. It is the earliest picked red wine at Best’s with a lighter bodied profile, slightly woodier profile than its Old Clone Pinot Noir sibling.
The Best’s Old Vine Pinot Meunier is the ultimate wine that speaks of place and it has a cult following, particularly in the wine community and the trade where people understand how rare this varietal planting is. This decade, Best’s Great Western Pinot Meunier has been made in 2004, 2005 and 2008; in other years the fruit goes into the Best’s Great Western Pinot Meunier wine.
Light red, vibrant crimson hue
Lifted dried spices and cherry notes
Light red fruits, forest floor, cedar and firm coiled tannins. Medium bodied, with long expressive flavor
Warmer vintage towards the end of the growing season had an effect on some blocks. As the Pinot Meunier is the first harvested on the Concongella vineyard little or no impact was seen