2020 Best's Bin 1 Shiraz

Yet another strong release of one of the country's best value Shiraz. A no-brainer.
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Best's Great Western is one of the country's oldest wineries, but they continue to innovate and evolve.

Their Bin 1 Shiraz is the ultimate introduction to their famous style. Not sure whether the term 'introduction' befits a previous Jimmy Watson winner, but that just goes to demonstrate the value available here.

There aren't many better and more qualified Shiraz on the market than the Best's Bin 1 - class and value both high in this release.

95 points
"This is a traditional Australian shiraz in the best sense, with a wealth of black, red and ripe orange fruit. Deep and rich,with a stunningly fine tannin structure and a lovely blood orange freshness at the long, structured and spicy finish. Excellent aging potential."
- Stuart Pigott (James Suckling)

92 points
"A vibrant, deeply coloured shiraz with that distinctive Grampians peppery bouquet."
- Jenni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

91 points
"Super smart, value drinking here."
- Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

From Best's:
With the inevitable scarcity of Best’s Thomson Family and Bin No. 0 Shiraz wines, Bin No. 1 Shiraz is the wine that gives people their first taste of our style of Great Western Shiraz. Made from Best’s own vineyards as well as trusted local growers, this wine is meticulously crafted with the same attention to detail as the flagship wines. Bin No. 1 Shiraz represents the essence of Best’s Great Western’s winemaking ideals and the distinction of the Great Western region.

Bin No. 1 is a classic, cool-climate, aromatic Shiraz, made in a style that's floral, spicy and peppery yet retains generous fruit characteristics and intensity. It is a well-balanced wine where alcohol does not dominate. This is an elegant wine crafted to drink now, and makes a great accompaniment to food. We highly recommend decanting the 2020 vintage for at least one hour before drinking, alternatively it can be poured through an aerator.

Plenty of complexity inherent here. The palate is elegant, yet flavour-packed, delivering punchy, mouth-watering summer berries and plums. Drink over the next decade.

A warm, dry growing season meant that the vines ripened quickly, and crops were lower than average. Sufficient water supply ensured the grapevines remained in good health and some February rain gave the vies a well-deserved drink and freshened them up before the grapes were harvested.

Bin 1 Shiraz represents the essence of Best’s winemaking ideals and the uniqueness of the Great Western region.

95 points - "This is a traditional Australian shiraz in the best sense, with a wealth of black, red and ripe orange fruit. Deep and rich,with a stunningly fine tannin structure and a lovely blood orange freshness at the long, structured and spicy finish. Excellent aging potential. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Senior Editor (James Suckling)

92 points - "A vibrant, deeply coloured shiraz with that distinctive Grampians peppery bouquet with briar, black cherry, mixed berry, aniseed and bush mint. Pepperiness lights up the palate which is supple and dark fruited, driving long." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

91 points - "A routinely impressive estate from all kinds of angles, Best's in the Great Western region of Victoria continually produces brilliant value for money wines, and this 2020 Great Western Shiraz Bin No 1 is a fine example of that reputation. It is reductive upon opening but peels off to reveal a silky bed of red and purple fruits in the mouth, with blackberry, licorice, raspberry and nori. The shape of the tannins in the mouth tend toward ductile and pliable, rather than firm or soft and show a wonderful flexibility as the wine moves around the mouth. Super smart, value drinking here." - Erin Larkin (The Wine Advocate)

88 points - "Medium-deep red to brick-red hue, there are spent coffee grounds and dark chocolate aromas with some Campari-like whole-bunch hints, while the palate is medium bodied and grainy tannins contribute to a slightly uneven palate line. It's a good drop of shiraz at the price." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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    Claire W.
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    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Easy winner

    Very likeable, easy to drink whilst still enough going on to hold my interest. Would recommend to anyone and everyone for the price point.

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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  • MB
    Marie B.
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    3 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Value for Money

    For the price this wine surprised on the upside. A solid all round performance that could not be faulted

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Louise T.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Best's is the best

    Always reliable - nice great big Victorian shiraz, great recommendation from DD.

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    Dario M.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Yum

    Super tasty and balanced. Loved the hint of fennel. Yum!

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    david r.
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    4 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Delivers

    Straightforward and pleasing. Good value

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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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