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The Best's Bin 0 Shiraz is an Australian icon. This historic old vine Shiraz has been made at Best's for more than 100 years. It is incredibly age worthy and in the best years surprisingly approachable as a young wine. This is the 2013 iteration. From a warm season, the concentration of fruit here is excellent. This is a long termer for the cellar but will show equally as impressive on the dinner table over the next few years. Andrew Graham awarded it 93+ points. A great addition to any serious collector's cellar.
What it Tastes Like
"Purple fruit aplenty. Grampians to the core. Lovely. There’s a hint of confection on the nose – a little purple Hubba Bubba in amongst the licorice and vanilla oak. It’s tight and savoury underneath though, a quite medium Bin 0, despite the alcohol and length and intensity is spot on. Quality here" - Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)
93+ points. "Best’s, also known as The Most Frequently Misspelt Name in Australian Wine (along with Tyrrell’s). Curse that cheeky apostrophe. Anyway, Bin 0 is the most classic of all the Best’s wines. Thomson family has the icon level complexity and Bin 1 is the value favourite, but Bin 0 is the most Great Western-ish. This ’13 is another solid release, if really backward. Purple fruit aplenty. Grampians to the core. Lovely. There’s a hint of confection on the nose – a little purple Hubba Bubba in amongst the licorice and vanilla oak. It’s tight and savoury underneath though, a quite medium Bin 0, despite the alcohol and length and intensity is spot on. Quality here" - Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)
The vineyard set off to a rapid start with ideal conditions for budburst and a warm spring for fruit set. The summer was mainly warm and dry. There were a few hot spells, but adequate foliage ensured the vines remained in good health. The earlier than normal vintage period provided good ripening and harvest conditions with clear warm days that cooled off at night. The fruit is hand-selected, sorted and fermented in small-batches and matured in the finest barrels in our underground cellar.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Best's Great Western
Best’s is one of the oldest owned family wineries in the country. They are famous for having a “nursery block” housing some of the oldest clonal material for particular varieties anywhere in the world.
Their wines are consistently excellent and they have a vineyard which is envied by much of the wine growing world. With a rich history and an illustrious past, this Victorian icon is one of the true treasures of the Australian wine scene.
History runs deep in Great Western. Some of the country’s oldest, most iconic producers have made a home for themselves here in the far West of Victoria. Shiraz and Riesling are the region’s most iconic varieties, but if you dig a little deeper, amazing examples of Pinot Meunier and other alternative varieties are waiting to be found. These are warm climate wines that maintain class and prestige.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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