Best’s Great Western Bin 0 Shiraz is sourced from four estate blocks – the 1867 Thomson Family Block, the 1966 Bart’s Block, the 1970 Marcus’ Block and the 1992 Hill Block. The sites are chosen for both quality and the complexity offered by blending different characters present in each block. A degree of consistency is also able to be maintained across vintages.
This is right up there with the 2010 release although its structure may put it ahead by a nose. Flavour and aroma wise it runs along similar lines. Essence of plums and cherries, blueberry highlights, pepper and nutmeg spice, integrated choc-vanilla oak and violets. Velvety with impressive dynamics and superb depth. Long-strand tannins draw out the conclusion in a truly satisfying manner. Enjoyable now but built for the cellar. 95
Tasted: February 2014