Bin No. 0 Shiraz
The evolution of Bin No. 0 begins many years ago – there are old bottles in Best's cellar door with Hock 0 labels made by Joseph Best from the late 1800s. When we were forced to remove all references to French terms on the labels in the 1980s, Bin No. 0 began its life as Claret No. 0. And now, the Bin No. 0 Shiraz has lived with this new moniker for years – it’s one of the longest consecutively labelled varietals in this country.
Best’s Bin no. 0 has always been produced from our oldest vines, with fruit selected from the lower-yielding blocks of the historic Concongella Vineyard at Great Western. This vineyard is home to 19th- and 20th-century Shiraz plantings, which result in intensely flavoured fruit. We hand select, sort and ferment the fruit in small batches followed by intense barrel selection, in which the fruit transforms into superbly flavoured wine.
Our winemaker Justin Purser talks about our 2015 Bin No. 0 Shiraz in this short video.
The Bin 0 wine is an Australian classic with an impressive pedigree of more than 100 vintages and century-old fruit. It is powerful yet elegant, complex yet harmonious, with many years of great vintages yet. Bin 0 has been awarded “Excellent” by Andrew Caillard MW within the esteemed Langton’s Classification.
In recent years, Bin No. 0 Shiraz comes only from our four heritage Shiraz blocks surrounding the winery and homestead. These are the 1868 Thomson Family Block, the 1966 ‘Barts Block’, 1970 Block and The 1992 Hill Block. Each of these blocks provides unique characters to the resulting wine – The Hill block, for instance, provides an aromatic dimension to its fruit because of the fast-draining white gravels soil.
Bin No. 0 is made to be an age-worthy style and has been the undisputed icon of Great Western Shiraz for many decades. It is internationally acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest Shiraz wines.
The Langton’s Classification is ‘Excellent’.
“Best’s Bin O Shiraz is sourced from four low yielding Concongella Shiraz blocks established in 1867, 1966, 1970, and 1992. Vinification takes place in open stainless steel fermenters. The wine is matured in a combination of one third new and one and two year old French and American oak (barriques and puncheons) for around 12 months. In a declassified year some Thomson Family fruit (from some of the oldest Shiraz plantings in Victoria) can be included. Viv Thomson – 4th generation winemaker – believes that there are two types of wines, “talking wines and drinking wines”. This is a happy blend of both. It has intense mulberry blackberry aromas, background oak and loose-knit gravelly tannins developing further complexity with medium term cellaring.” Ref: Langton’s.
REVIEWS OF OTHER BIN 0 VINTAGES
2012 Bin No. 0 Shiraz
“Such charm that it's impossible not to fall for this vintage right away, yet it's built with the stamina for long endurance. Great intensity meets medium-bodied grace in a core layered with violets, Satsuma plums, blueberries and black cherries. Nuances of liquorice, high cocoa dark chocolate and vanilla flash by along the way, but the focus remains resolutely on brilliantly defined dark fruits. Mineral-fine, tightly structured tannins point to great things in the next decade. 96 points.”
Tyson Stelzer, May 2014
"A ripping Bin ‘O’ that speaks volumes for the richness and boldness of the quality of fruit produced from the vintage. Seamless and effortless on the palate, the amalgam of blackberry fruits, cinnamon, liquorice, spice, plum, and interwoven savoury oak really works and that’s just a small snippet really as there’s quite a bit going on. However, the overall picture is one of harmony and superb structure."
Surf Coast Times, 13 March 2014
"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."
Jeremy Pringle, 23 February 2014
2013 Bin No. 0 Shiraz
This is an iconic wine from a star of the Greta Western regions. A cool climate spice lift with violet, black pepper and blackberry fruit on the nose. An elegant and refined palate with savoury dark fruit, bitter cherries and fine tannins. Although only medium weight, it is long, intense and classy with a beautiful savoury persistence. Will cellar well and be even more delicious after a few years.
Selector Life/Food & Wine Magazine, January 2016
The 2013 Bin No. 0 is an object lesson in Great Western Shiraz. A middle weight mouthful of superb balance. Score 95
Sydney Morning Herald, October, 2015
2010 BIN 0 TROPHY WINS
- Wolf Blass Trophy for Best Shiraz in Show - National Wine Show of Australia 2012
- John Swan Perpetual Trophy for Best Dry Red - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2012
- Leslie Kemney Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best 2-year-old Red Wine - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2012
- Victorian Wine Show - Silver medal
- Royal Adelaide Wine Show - Bronze medal
- Royal Hobart Wine Show - Bronze medal
- Huon Hooke - Gold ribbon, 95 points