We’re overjoyed that Best’s Wines was named the Best Value Winery of the Year at the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards on Wednesday 5 August. This accolade is not based on the most inexpensive wines, but rather the quality to price ratio. As Halliday explains, “the [Best’s] wines are consistently elegant and delicious, and for the world-class quality they provide, they’re exceptionally well-priced – they’re more than deserving of consideration as some of Australia’s best value.” With over 9000 wines tasted and 1165 wineries reviewed we’re thrilled and humbled to have received this award.
Of special note is our 2019 Old Vine Pinot Meunier which received 97 points. Our winery is one of the few in the world to produce a pure pinot meunier and we have some of the oldest vines in the world that date back to 1867. Halliday himself described our pinot meunier as one of his “absolute go-to wines”. He further noted “Ben Thomson and his father, Viv, would also likely point to the $25 price-tag for the core range of 2019 Riesling, 2019 Pinot Noir, 2018 Shiraz, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Dolcetto, all given 95 points by either Jane Faulkner or me. I haven’t attempted a forensic search, but I can’t remember a five-core-varietal band coming up so consistently.”
Eight of Best’s wines scored over 95 points and we retained our red winery 5 star rating. A massive congratulations to the entire Best’s team and a big thank you to our customers who continue to support our family-owned winery. We could not be more chuffed!
Here’s what Halliday had to say – Read the Halliday Review
2019 Old Vine Pinot Meunier
“It’s one thing to have seriously old vines, planted in 1868 by Henry Best, and quite another to have them metamorphose into a contemporary wine full of harmony and balance. Well here it is in all its beauty. Heady with florals aplenty, an array of Middle Eastern spices and mint with a delicacy on the palate, yet there’s substance and detail too. A wine of finesse and elegance. Respect.”
3 bottle limit applies
2018 Bin No. 1 Shiraz
“Picked by hand and by Opti sorter/harvester, whole berry fermentation with 5% whole bunches. Wine show success is no surprise. Typical Great Western wine of high quality, intensity, focus and length to its spicy/peppery black forest floor fruits, achieved with a modest alcohol content. 14% alc. Drink now to 2038.”
“A dolcetto with its own distinctive DNA. Expect a wave of florals led by lavender with fresh herbs and eucalyptus infusing the dark plums. It’s buoyant and bright across the palate but don’t be fooled, plenty of fine-sandpaper tannins shaping this. Spot on.”
6 bottle limit applies
2018 Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon
“Includes 10% merlot, cabernet franc and shiraz matured for 12 months in old vats or French hogsheads. A cascade of silver medals. This is a potent and precisely vinified wine of great length.”
2019 Great Western Riesling
“Whole-bunch pressed to stainless steel for cold fermentation, stopped with 7g/l residual sugar. Gold medal Melbourne Wine Awards ’19, top-gold Victorian Wine Show ’19. It has the intense lime zest and pith flavours I find irresistible. Bright acidity glides alongside the fruit.”
2019 Great Western Pinot Noir
“Under Justin Purser’s guidance, pinot noir constantly excels and morphs beautifully. This crackles with pleasure and the 50% whole bunches in the ferementation add sapidity as much as stemmy, albeit ripe, flavours. Cherries and piops, star anise and menthol, a palate that’s light and bright with supple tannins and tangy citrusy acidity. Absurdly priced as in a bargain.”
Stay tuned, these wines have all been rated, but are not yet released.
2019 Foudre Ferment Riesling
"Vines planted '78 and '98, harvested by the sophisticated Opti grape sorter-destemmer, 4 hours in the Opti before pressing, thence to a 7yo foudre for fermentation and maturation on lees. You'd better pay attention as you take your first sip - this is not your grandma's riesling. Unsweetened lime sorbet. Drink now to 2030"
2019 Nursery Block Dry Red
“The mother of all blends with vines originally planted in 1868 comprising about 20 different red varieties, some still unidentified although with the back label mentions Bad Bearer, Rough Leaf, and ‘the underrated Pinot Dru' (aka cabernet sauvignon apparently). There's a vibrancy here with cassis, juniper, lavender and an earthy, heady fragrance. Tangy, juicy across the lighter framed palate, pliant tannins though. Just delicious drinking with a story to tell. Drink now to 2029."
2018 LSV Shiraz
"Opti-harvested, whole berry fermentation with 15% whole bunches and 2% viognier. A rich, layered hedonistic wine, fruits of forest/forest floor, with both blackberry and raspberry on display. The balance of tannins, oak and fruit is evidenced by the wine (and its show success). Drink now to 2042."