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The Congongella vineyards were first planted by Henry Best in 1866 and are the source of our flagship wine, the Langton’s classified ‘Outstanding’ Thomson Family Shiraz.
The rows of original vines produce only very small amounts of fruit and are cropped at less than two tonnes per acre (four tonnes per hectare) and then meticulously hand-harvested, selected and sorted.
The vines are referred to by the CSIRO as the Concongella clone and it is the mother clone of all subsequent Shiraz plantings at Best’s Great Western.
The unique factors of soil and climate in the Great Western area have been key contributors to the success of our wines. The land along the Concongella creek is flat with powdery loam overlaying a deep clay sub-soil while newer plantings are sited on frost free hills. A long, slow-ripening period and continental climate are characteristics of Great Western.