Shiraz has been the hallmark variety of Best's since the first vines were planted back in the 1868. Our Bin 0 has been labe has been around since the beginning as well, as the top grade of wine produced. Picked off the Concongella vineyard here at the winery, these wines show balance and length with a generous and rounded fruit structure, and have a natural ability to age.
Pinot Meunier is among the oldest vines planted at our Concongella vineyard, dating back to 1868. Planrted as Miller Burgundy, it was used to blend with other varieties until 1967, when Viv Thomson convinced his father to make a single varietal wine. That first single varietal vintage was so good, it's been made that way ever since. Along with Shiraz planted beside it, these wines show great balance, length and fruit breadth, with an ability to age exceeding well.
Made from Henry Best’s first plantings of nearly 150 years ago, the ancient Nursery Block is a veritable vineyard museum with 39 separate varieties, 8 remaining unknown and unnamed to this day. A lighter bodied wine that explodes with the personality, soil and history of the vineyard site.
This unique wine comes from our ‘Young Vine’ plantings of Pinot Meunier which were established in 1970- a century after our original “old vine” plantings, and the Old Clone Pinot Noir plantings, both from our Concongella Vineyard.
As one of Australia’s oldest and continuously family-owned wineries, Best's crafts iconic wines of elegance and longevity, from our flagship wine, the Thomson Family Shiraz, to the very drinkable Bin No. 1 Shiraz.
Best’s Great Western is overseen by Viv Thomson, and run by Viv's son Ben, who has worked in the business for over 30 years. Ben is supported by family members, winemaker, Justin Purser, and dedicated staff.