Best's winery and vineyards are among Australia's best-kept secrets. Indeed the vineyards, with vines dating back to 1866, have secrets that may never be revealed: for example, one of the vines planted in the Nursery Block has defied identification and is thought to exist nowhere else in the world. Part of the cellars, too, go back to the same era, constructed by butcher-turned-winemaker Henry Best and his family. The Thomson family has owned the property since 1920, with Ben, the fifth generation, having taken over management from father Viv. Best's consistently produces elegant, supple wines; the Bin No. 0 is a classic, the Thomson Family Shiraz (largely from vines planted in 1867) magnificent. In the Wine Companion 2017 it was awarded the mantle of Wine of the Year from a field of almost 9000 wines. Very occasionally a pinot meunier (with 15% pinot noir) is made solely from 1868 plantings of those two varieties; there is no other Pinot Meunier of this vine age made anywhere else in the world. Justin Purser brings with him a remarkable CV, with extensive experience in Australia, NZ and Burgundy. Exports to the UK, the US, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. -- James Hallidiay
What The Critics Say
Winemaker notes on current 2016 vintage
"Very dark red with a garnet hue
Bouquet Lifted aromas of exotic spices, red plums, black jubes and black olives
with some nutty notes in the background.
Palate Juicy dark red fruit flavours fill the mouth. The rich and ripe medium
bodied texture is drawn out with powdery tannins for a long savoury
Cellaring This intensely fruited and structured wine is great to enjoy now with food
but will soften and gain complexity over the next 10 years.
Ideal to drink with Char Siu Smoked Pork and steamed Pak Choy in Oyster
95/100 Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday (2015 vintage)
"Bright crimson-purple; fragrant spice, fruit and oak nuances are all on parade from the first whiff. The elegant, medium-bodied palate throws additional light on the complex array of cherry, plum, licorice and oak flavours; supple texture and silky tannins tie the bow on a lovely, dirt cheap shiraz."
94/100 The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson (2014 vintage)
"All I really need to say is: they've done it again. It's a beautiful style and a beautiful price. No brainer territory for me. Flush with cherry-plum fruit, splashed with smoky vanillin oak, tipped by both mint and clove characters and finely but decidedly tannic through the finish. It will live a long life. It sluices with acidity. And yet it's absolutely satisfying to drink right now."
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