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Bin 1 is a classic, cool climate, aromatic Shiraz, made in a style that is floral, spicy and peppery yet retains generous fruit characteristics and intensity. It is a well-balanced wine where alcohol does not dominate.
We make this wine in an elegant, approachable style. We want people to understand that this is a wine made to drink now, savouring the flavour profile from Shiraz made in the Great Western region. Bin 1 is a great accompaniment to food and it celebrates our many years of learning and winemaking history at Best’s Great Western.
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).’
John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph 2015
‘Located on the outskirts of the tiny township of Great Western, Best’s has been a household name in Victoria’s Grampians wine region for more than a century. And it’s been Shiraz, more than any other variety, that’s anchored its success.
The 2014 Best’s Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz enjoys a special pedigree. Its 2011 release captured Australia’s most prized wine award, the Jimmy Watson Trophy, before going on to be crowned the nations wine of the year in 2013.
Crafted by Justin Purser on behalf of the legendary Thomson family, the latest vintage, oozing silky, spicy, medium-bodied flavours, is ready to enjoy despite its youthfulness. It certainly ranks as one of Best’s finest recent Shiraz releases.’
Regan Drew, vinonotebook.com
‘Gosh this is good. Forget big bruising alcoholic shirazes, this is made for elegant drinking. “Kit-Kat” chocolate and wafer smells, with a little mint and spiced purple plum. The flavour is on the savoury side and there’s plenty of tannin (that grippy, drying stuff on your gums), but that adds to the adventure. Cool and dignified.’
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 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