BEST'S OLD VINE PINOT MEUNIER 2020
GREAT WESTERN, VICTORIA
LIGHT CRACKER CHIRPY
CLASSIC / 13% / 750ML
The old vines Pinot Meunier is only made on the best of years when the fruit is fit enough for Australia's most iconic light reds. Light in structure, delicate tannins and an excitable array of high tone aromatics.
From the producer: Our Pinot Meunier vineyards were first planted in 1868, comprising about 85% Pinot Meunier and the remaining component being Pinot Noir. Today, we hand-pick and sort the grapes, which are then fermented in small open fermenters and matured in French oak. It is the earliest picked red grape at Best's.
The Best’s Old Vine Pinot Meunier has a cult following, particularly in the wine community, where people understand the scarcity of this varietal planting. Best’s Old Vine Pinot Meunier is made only in the best vintages; in other years, the fruit goes into Best’s Concongella Collection Pinot Meunier/Noir.
A warm, dry growing season meant the vines ripened quickly and crops were lower than average. Sufficient water supply ensured the grapevines remained in good health and some February rain gave the vines a well-deserved drink and freshened them up before the grapes were harvested.