The Thomson Family Shiraz is produced from Henry Best’s original 1867 Shiraz plantings, and only available in exceptional years, on average about six times a decade. The vines are cropped at less than two tonnes per acre (four tonnes per hectare) and are then meticulously hand-harvested, selected and sorted. Thomson Family Shiraz was first made in 1992, one hundred years after the Thomson family settled in the area. It is produced predominantly from the fifteen rows of vines planted by Henry Best, recorded as “Hermitage” by Henry in his daily journal. 98 points James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
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On the noes it apears closed at first, this wine takes time to reveal intense dark fruit aromas with an array of complexity including all spice, nori, black pepper, blueberries, rose petals, cedar and dark chocolate. On the palate the essence of the vineyard is displayed with intense, yet vibrant medium bodied flavours of dark fruits and chocolate. A graphite minerality and savoury fine tannins linger in the mouth.