Best’s Great Western Cabernet Franc

Today’s lunchtime tipple. We thought we had better re-acquaint ourselves with this as we have a few bottles left and it has got some good age to it now.

Best’s Wines is a relatively small, family owned winery located in Great Western (over the road from Seppelt) and has been in the Thomson family since 1920. For the past 50 vintages fourth generation vintner Viv Thompson has been in charge of crafting Best’s wines, taking the “best” of modern innovation and blending it with tradition to arrive at wonderfully balanced and distinct Aussie wines. Best’s is now run by Viv’s son, Ben Thomson, the fifth generation of the Thomson family.

Best’s Great Western Cabernet Franc is sourced from the Concongella vineyard. It has a reddish / brown colour with a really minty, eucalpytus nose, some leafy and spicy notes. The palate is predominantly red fruit with some spicy, peppery notes and some green, leafy characteristics typical of Cabernet Franc. The palate is soft, smooth but perhaps a little short. It is in pretty good shape for a 12 year old Cabernet Franc. Serve it lightly chilled, perhaps after 20 to 30 minutes in the fridge, and let it warm up in the glass.

If you like a lighter style of Cabernet Franc, something similar to this would be a Loire red or even the Changyu Cabernet d’Est.

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