Best's Great Western
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.
James Halliday, August 2016
‘Medium to full-bodied with licorice dark cherry and plum building the main tent of flavour; clove and eucalypt as the guy ropes; tannin stake it all firm. Outside of flavour descriptors the best way to describe this wine; it will mature beautifully over 15-20 years but it’s going to prove extremely difficult to keep your hands off it, even now in its youth.
Rating 95 Points.
Australian Wine Review, Oct 2015
‘Best's were lucky to dodge a bushfire in the region this vintage, though they feel that the early season (January) heat pushed the vines into dormancy and made the ripening later again.
Magenta red-purple (Viognier?) and very bright, there is an overlay of Grampians pepper on the nose over a typically plummy juicy palate, finishing off with faintly bitter tannins to the tannins and integrated oak. Medium-bodied, this tastes just a little short and simple for really big points, though it is clearly regional. Good, without being great (yet).’
Rating 17.5/20, 91/100
Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front Review
‘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.’
Rating 95 points
Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, Max Allen
‘There are so many reasons why this wine is of great value (defined here as "I'd be happy to pay more it"). For a start, it's delicious: typical regional/varietal melange of spicy pepper, dark, glossy black fruit and fine, but firm tannin. It's also got pedigree: the 2011 vintage won the fabled Jimmy Watson trophy and the best Best's reds are famously cellar-worthy (one of my favourite wines of all time is the 1980 Best's Bin 0 Shiraz). Oh, and it's the winery's 150th birthday this year.’
National Wine Show - Gold medal
Royal Adelaide Wine Show - Gold medal
Royal Perth Wine Show - Silver Medal
Royal Victorian Wine Show - Bronze medal
Ballarat Wine Show - Bronze medal