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Best's (St.Andrews)

St.Andrews (Lake Boga)

Cellar Door: Mon-Fri (10 - 4)

Ph: Dot Scown (03) 5037 2678

For more winery information see listing in the Grampians region (VIC)

Best's is a famous historic Grampians winery that established its major second vineyards at Lake Boga in 1930.

Lake Boga, about 10 km south of the town on Swan Hill, had a major military base during the second world war. The Lake Boga site has its own cellar door.

The Chardonnay and Late Harvet Muscat are my picks of the Swan Hill part of the portfolio.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Best's Victoria Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2007, respectable warm climate expression of pineapple, melon and peach, buttery palate has lemon mineral and almond nuances with light toasty cashew-vanilla oak, good acid balance, one of the highlights from the Swan Hill (***1/2)

Best's Victoria Late Harvest Muscat 2005

Purchased: Not ($14)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: May 2007, bright and sweet expression of grapey musc from the Muscat of Alexandria along with peachy melon and lychee nuances, dry finish with a touch of orange, delicious if served chilled with figs (***1/2)

Best's Victoria Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: May 2007, soft with medium intensity, lime-citrus flavours with undertones of lychee and tropical fruit, dry citric finish with respectable acid level for the Swan Hill region helped by late vintage mildness and rain (***)

Best's Victoria Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: May 2007, mainly dark plum and some blackcurrant and mulberry expression, palate shows some dried herb and pepper complexity but gets overpowered by coconut-cedar oak, the fruit from this unusually mild vintage (harvested in late April) was good enough not to need masking by the over-the-top oakiness, perhaps this is a hangover from the very hot 2003 vintage (***)

Best's Victoria Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: May 2007, shows dark plum and mulberry with varietal mint, some light pepper on the palate but has some jammy loss of varietal depth, light cedar oak (**1/2)