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Best's Wines

Thomson Family Shiraz Block

Planted in 1868, these gnarled old vines in the oldest Shiraz vineyard at Best’s sit on the old creek bed of granite sands, their roots heading deep into the bedrock of sandstone and schist.

In great vintages, all this fruit goes into the Thomson Family Shiraz. If the fruit doesn’t make the grade, we use it selectively in Bin 0. In the old days, these vineyards were known as two separate sections: one was known as “11 rows” and the other as “four rows”, also called the pigsty vineyard, due to the fact that it was used to house pigs.

The vines are picked separately to keep the rows apart. We’ve spent a lot of time mulching heavily around the vines with straw to help retain moisture and encourage healthy bug activity, and they’re now looking fantastic.

The fruit from this block is predominently used in our flagship Thomson Family Shiraz, however this wine is only made during exceptional vintages and is therefore sometimes not released. During these vintages a small parcel of Thomson Family Shiraz is then used during the final Bin 0 Shiraz blend. The dry-grown vines of the historic Thomson Family block have roots that penetrate several metres down deep into the earth, and so brings extra complexity and intensity to the Bin 0 Shiraz.