Bests Great Western RieslingThis is simply astounding and outstanding. There have been some rave reviews for the 2011 Bests GW Riesling including 97 points from James Halliday, and I managed to get a few before they disappeared. But I have to say I like the 2012 even more. It has a little more alcohol and body and just a smidge of residual sugar.

I have now taken this wine to three functions expecting all the big names to go off first and me to take some of this back home. Never happened! As soon as someone tried it the whole team was all over it, it was somewhat amazing and not expected, but it shows what a universally liked wine this is. In short the wine is drop dead gorgeous.

Of the 2011 Halliday said this – ‘Light straw green; fragrant, floral/blossom aromas are followed by an exceptionally intense palate, with wonderful drive to its lime, lemon and apple fruit; has revelled in the cool conditions. 11/5% 97 points.’

Of the 2012 Campbell Mattinson writes – ‘The super 2012 season for riesling strikes again. Stunning riesling year from so many different regions. Bright, flavoursome, frisky. Terrific drinking, straight up. Lime, apples, spice, some sweetness but it finishes dry. Has volume and yet it powers through the finish. Flashes of orange/mandarine too. Bonza. Rated : 93 Points; Alcohol : 13%; Price : $22; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2012 – 2018; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front’

Bert Werden of Winestar writes – ‘Very bright pale straw. Refined aromatics of citrus, exotic fruits and white flowers. Intense fresh flavours rounded by a slight sweetness which is restrained by a racy mineral finish. The Rieslings of Best’s have a proven ability to mature gracefully for 20 years or more. This example is no exception and will gather complex toasty aromas and flavours as the years pass. Drink it with a King Prawn Laksa’

It’s different enough to the rieslings of Clare Valley and Great Southern to be almost another wine, so it’s a great excuse to have some in the cellar. But be warned; this will quietly disappear as the other bottles remain in their racks.