Crafted from 15 rows of original plantings that are now around 145 years old. That’s some serious history in a bottle. This is actually the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste Best’s flagship wine and I must admit I was half-expecting something crass and oaky. That’s not at all what I got.
It’s bigger and more powerful than the Bin 0 with the fruit spectrum concentrating on plums and blackberries. Cocoa, extremely complex spice and more than enough intensity to match what is obviously high-grade oak tastefully applied. Tannic impact and length to burn along with a certain earthiness that imparts further gravitas. The quality of the grapes is clearly outstanding. All class. Will make glorious old bones. 96
Tasted: February 2014