2017 Bests Thomson Family Great Western Shiraz

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The iconic old Shiraz vines of Best's distilled into a bottle. This is the pinnacle of the Best's range and extremely limited.

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The Best's Great Western Thomson Family Shiraz is the apex wine of this famous winery.

The 15 rows of ancient vines that contribute to this wine were planted in 1868 by founder and Victorian wine pioneer, Henry Best. The wine is only released in the finest vintages, having been made only fourteen times in the last two decades.

It receives the royal treatment from winemaker Justin Purser and co. The fruit is hand picked and ferment in small batches then married to the finest oak. The intent is to create a wine that tells the tale of these old stalwart vines. Something that will age gracefully for decades to come.

Received a recent 99 point review from James Halliday and is available in only minuscule amounts. Act quickly to secure your own allocation.

The Thomson Centenary Shiraz was created in 1993, to celebrate the centenary of the Thomson family settling in the area of Great Western. This special single vineyard wine was made from the 15 rows of the original 1868 Shiraz vines, planted by Henry Best, and once referred to as ‘Hermitage’ in Henry’s daily journal.

Today, this wine is only made in the very best vintage years and is called Thomson Family Shiraz.

These gnarled old vines in the oldest Shiraz vineyard at Best’s Concongella Vineyard grow in soils that range from hard-setting silt over clay to friable clay loams. In great vintages, all of this fruit goes into the Thomson Family Shiraz. If the fruit doesn’t make the grade, we use it selectively in Bin No. 0.

99 Points - "Predominantly from the 1868 plantings, with lesser amounts from 1996 and '70, hand-picked and sorted, 50% crushed, 45% whole berry, 5% whole bunch. You'd stand up for royalty, and that's this wine. To use the spit bucket is lese majeste. Just savour it, drop by drop, as it magically finds its way unbidden down your throat. It's got the full rainbow of cool-grown shiraz flavours, a conjunction with a year made for it by Dionysis, and, glory be, comes with a screwcap." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

96 Points - "Deep purple/red, youthful and bright, the bouquet clean and fresh and loaded with dark-cherry and blackberry aromas, the palate full-bodied, round and soft-textured. The tannins are ample but very fine and seamless, belying its obvious long-term ageing potential. Rich as plush and as silk. Power delivered with elegance. Subtle hints of spice. It’s still very young and undeveloped, and promises much in the future. Drink from 2022- 2042." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Customer Reviews

Best's Great Western

Best's Great Western is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in the country.

Their iconic Nursery Block is home to some of the oldest clonal material for particular varieties that can be found anywhere in the world. Established in the late 1860s, this precious vineyard is envied by much of the wine growing world.

Their wines are consistently excellent: the Shiraz dark and powerful, the Rieslings full flavoured and impeccably balanced, and the rare releases of Old Vine Meunier and Thomson Family Shiraz are some of the most collectable red wines in the country.

The Thomson family, and the Best family before them, have given us one of the true treasures of the Australian wine scene.

Viv and Ben Thomson Best's Great Western

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