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Our winemaker Justin Purser talks about our 2012 Bin 0 Shiraz whilst Viv explains why we call it 'Bin 0' in this short video.
In recent years Bin O 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 Hill. 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 gravel soil.
Bin 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.
• 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
2012 Bin No. 0 Shiraz
“Such charm that it' 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