Made predominantly from Best’s own vineyards and meticulously crafted with the same attention to detail as the Icon wines, Bin 1 Shiraz represents the essence of Best’s winemaking ideals and the uniqueness of the Great Western region.
Pinot Meunier is among the oldest vines planted at our Concongella vineyard, dating back to 1868. Planted 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 and now has a cult following for the limited parcels that we release. Along with the historical Shiraz planted beside it, these wines show great balance, length and fruit breadth, with an ability to age exceeding well.
The Thomson Family Shiraz is produced from Henry Best’s original 1868 Shiraz plantings, and is only produced in exceptional years. The Thomson Family Shiraz was elevated to the highest and rarest Langton's Classification of "Exceptional" in the 2018 Classification VII. It is the only Victorian Shiraz in this category.
Our Nursery Block is a veritable vineyard museum with 39 separate varieties, eight remaining unknown and unnamed to this day. This is a wine that speaks more about history, soils and place than variety, a unique expression of Australian wine heritage
Bart’s Block is a very special parcel of dry grown Shiraz in the Concongella vineyard. Planted in 1966 with Best’s Old Block Clone Shiraz and named to commemorate the birth of Hamish “Bart” Thomson in the same year. Released to celebrate the Thomson Family's 100th year history and custodianship of the Best's Wines.
Our Bin No 0. Shiraz has a history going back to the beginnings of Best's. Originally called Claret No 0 this wine represents our history in a bottle. Consistently made and recognised for it's quality and mid-weight long and rounded fruit driven style.
This wine contains Shiraz from the best elevated vineyards in Great Western and is co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier. The viognier helps brighten the colour, lift the aromatics and polish the Shiraz flavours on the palate.
Best's Sparkling Shiraz epitomises the regional characteristics with plenty of spice and dark fruit characters. The base wine is left on yeast lees in bottle for 22 months or more and disgorged in the traditional method. The dosage liqueur for this wine contains a small quantitiy of very old Best's Liqueur Muscat that gives the wine an added layer of interest.
Great Western is arguably the best place in the world for Sparkling Shiraz, and the most historic. Quote from Tyson Stelzer.
The Australian wine industry is rich in family histories that weave together to create a unique story about Australian wine. There are many family-owned wineries that remain in family hands, with the fourth, fifth or even sixth generations now at the helm and breathing new life into their historic past. This has certainly been the case for the Thomson family, who in 2020 celebrated 100 years of being the custodians of Best’s Great Western. Continue »
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.