It's official - Best’s 2012 Thomson Family Shiraz, Bin 0 Shiraz and Old Vine Pinot Meunier are now available for purchase!
It’s not every year that all three of the Icon wines are made – the 2012 vintage was so good that we feel confident each Icon wine will secure a place on Best’s historical timeline.
To celebrate the 2012 Icon Release, we have created a tangible piece of history that puts into words our relationship with Shiraz. Best’s & The Tale of Great Western Shiraz is a 24-page book and eBook, which brings to life the colourful story of how Best’s Shiraz wines have evolved into some of the most iconic Australian expressions of this popular variety.
Fifth-generation wine grower Ben Thomson, Managing Director of Best’s, tells the story of how his Scottish-born great-great grandfather settled in Great Western in 1893, and went on to purchase Best’s winery and vineyard from Henry Best in 1920.
“It’s a great honour to be the custodian of vineyards that date back to 1867.”
Ben highlights the trials and tribulations of making Shiraz from Great Western, including winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy in 2012, the beginnings of the Thomson Family Shiraz after the one-off Thomson Centenary Shiraz was made in 1993 and the surprising successes after Mother Nature made her mark on various vintages over the years. Ben also reveals a lot about the vineyards behind these wines and the particulars of the region that stamp these wines with distinctive characters and superior quality every year.
“One of the reasons this variety shines so brightly can be attributed to the unique combination of site, variety and vine age.”
From the labelling history and the individual stories behind each Shiraz, to the team’s outlook for the future, this book takes readers through the fascinating journey of Great Western Shiraz, leaving you with the feeling that the path ahead is full of hope and optimism – and lots of great wine!
Click here to read Best’s & The Tale of Great Western Shiraz in ebook format.
PLUS, if you haven’t heard already, Best’s is offering loyal fans the chance to WIN one of the “Best” opportunities around. Travel back in time with Australia’s winemaking royalty – Viv Thomson will take the winner and three friends through a 60-year shiraz tasting at the Thomson family's historic homestead in Great Western. The fantastic prize includes return airfares, transfers and accommodation for four people, lunch in the underground cellars and a private tour of Best’s 1867 vineyards.
Simply purchase one of our Icon release wines – Bin 0 Shiraz, Thomson Family Shiraz or Old Vine Pinot Meunier from 26 February to 17 April for your chance to win this trip (and tasting!) of a lifetime. (See website for terms & conditions)
We hope you enjoy reading Best’s & The Tale of Great Western Shiraz and wish you luck in winning our 60 years of shiraz tasting experience.
The Team at Best’s Great Western