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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.
The 2014 is one of their best to date, all the stars aligning for a dream season at Best’s. Mike Bennie described it as “a release collectors should flock to.” in his rousing 95 point review.
If you want to see Bin 0 in peak form, this will go down as one of the great collectable vintages of this wine. It will keep as long as you want it to.
What It Tastes Like
“Pours with that satisfying purply hue amongst the black and garnet. So fragrant in the glass. A heady mix of red fruits, herbs, lavender, pepper, fine cedar. In the palate, silkiness, medium weight, sweet red berries, pepper, lick of smoky oak, fine dusty tannins. Finishes soft and then begins to tug with tannin. It’s effortless, pure-feeling, bright and so very drinkable. It’s a release collectors should flock to.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
95 points. “I didn’t realise until Best’s Viv Thomson gave me one of a few fascinating history lessons, but a number of Australian producers, way back in the day, used to label their wines Bin 0, Bin 1, Bin 2, and similar, as a kind of quasi-tiering of quality. A kind of classification system, if you will. Best’s have pretty much stuck with it too, with Bin 0 above Bin No 1. Best’s’ touchstones of history are part of what makes them one of my favourite Victorian wine producers (of a pretty long list of course). Something special though. As with this wine.
Pours with that satisfying purply hue amongst the black and garnet. So fragrant in the glass. A heady mix of red fruits, herbs, lavender, pepper, fine cedar. In the palate, silkiness, medium weight, sweet red berries, pepper, lick of smoky oak, fine dusty tannins. Finishes soft and then begins to tug with tannin. It’s effortless, pure-feeling, bright and so very drinkable. It’s a release collectors should flock to.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
We have produced Shiraz at Best’s Great Western since the late 1800s, although the actual date of the first ‘Bin 0’ Great Western Shiraz is lost in the annals of time. What is certain is that our Best’s Bin 0 Shiraz is generally produced from our oldest plantings and selected from the lowest yielding blocks of the historic Concongella vineyard at Great Western. This includes 19th century and mid 20th century plantings of Shiraz which result in very low yielding, intense vines. The fruit is hand-selected, sorted and fermented in small-batches followed by rigorous barrel selection.
In recent years Bin O Shiraz comes only from our four heritage Shiraz blocks surrounding the winery and homestead. These are the 1868 Thomson Family Block, the 1966 ‘Barts Block’, 1970 Block and The Hill. Each of these blocks provides unique characters to the resulting wine – The Hill block for instance provides an aromatic dimension to its fruit because of the fast draining white gravel soil.
Bin 0 is made to be an age worthy style and has been the undisputed icon of Great Western Shiraz for many decades. It is internationally acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest Shiraz wines.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2034
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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