Bests Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz represents the essence of Best’s Wines the uniqueness of the Great Western region and a classic cool climate Shiraz.
Best’s has been producing wine in the Great Western wine region of Victoria for over 140 years. Only 2 families have owned Best’s Wines since it was founded – wines were first made at the property by the Best family in 1866 and the estate was bought by the Thomson family in 1920. For the past 50 vintages fourth generation vintner Viv Thompson has been in charge of crafting Best’s wines, taking the “best of modern innovation and blending it with tradition to arrive at wonderfully balanced and distinct Aussie wines. Best’s is now run by Viv’s son, Ben Thomson, the fifth generation of the Thomson family. The headquarters of Best’s is located at Concongella very close the Great Western and Salvation Hills at Rhymney. The unique terroir at Great Western contributes to the success of Best’s – the land along the Concongella creek is flat with powdery loam overlaying a deep clay sub-soil while newer plantings are sited on frost free hills. A long, slow-ripening period and continental climate are characteristics of Great Western.
The fruit for the Bests Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz comes from Best’s Salvation Hills Vineyard. It’s been in the Thomson family since 1996. The 17 hectare vineyard enjoys a cool, Mediterranean temperate climate with silty soils overlying fine-textured subsoil, with or without siltstone at various depths. Salvation Hills is at low risk from frost and the quality of the fruit currently produced can only be described as outstanding.
Bests Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz has an understated richness with elegance and spice, approachability and food friendliness are the hallmarks of Bests Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz. Since November 2011 the winemaker is Justin Purser who has had winemaking stints in Barolo, Central Otago and Burgundy.