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15 March 2013 | Best's Wines

Vintage Blog Week 4: Hot temperatures, late nights & a lot of fruit!

Apologies for not giving an update sooner but this vintage has been one to test the limits of our abilities. Almost 80% of our fruit has come in over the past two weeks, including all the whites and reds at the same time.  Continue »

Time Posted: 15/03/2013 at 8:55 AM
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28 February 2013 | Best's Wines

Vintage Blog Week 2: Some beautiful old vines & funky little clogs

Vintage 2013 is now well underway. This week we have been very busy receiving and hand sorting most of the Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and dry grown Shiraz, including the 145-year-old Thomson Family Shiraz blocks.  Continue »

Time Posted: 28/02/2013 at 9:52 AM
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21 February 2013 | Best's Wines

Vintage 2013 Kicks off at Best's Great Western

Vintage has started at Best’s for 2013 – through our Vintage Blog we’ll keep you informed of what’s happening in the vineyards and the outlook for 2013 – here’s the first of many stories. Hope you enjoy!  Continue »

Time Posted: 21/02/2013 at 8:08 AM
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18 February 2013 | Best's Wines

Fine Wine Partners Trophy - Australia’s Wine of the Year 2013

Best’s 2011 Bin 1 Great Western Shiraz has been named Australia’s Wine of the Year 2013, winning the highly prized Fine Wine Partners Trophy. This accolade goes to the wine which has been the star performer at all major Australian wine shows over the preceding twelve months.  Continue »

Time Posted: 18/02/2013 at 2:34 AM
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13 December 2012 | Best's Wines

The meeting of two minds...Our own Champagne in time for Christmas.

In 2006, The Thomson Family at Best’s embarked on revitalising the sparkling wine production of years gone by in Great Western. Fortuitously, also in that year Edouard Huguenot, from the family Champagne house Huguenot-Tassin, worked the vintage at Best’s. An exchange of ideas occurred and led to a partnership project that has finally become a reality. We are delighted to announce that our ‘Partnership’ Champagne is now here for you to enjoy.  Continue »

Time Posted: 13/12/2012 at 9:03 AM
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27 October 2012 | Best's Wines

Best’s Bin 1 Shiraz Wins Prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy

We are excited to announce that Best’s Wines 2011 Bin 1 Shiraz was announced the winner of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show JC Watson Memorial Trophy at a dinner last night at the ZINC restaurant in Melbourne. The wine also won the Best Victorian Wine trophy and the inaugural Trevor Mast trophy for Best Shiraz in show.  Continue »

Time Posted: 27/10/2012 at 3:25 PM
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12 September 2012 | Best's Wines

Best’s Wines releases new vintages of Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz 2011 and Great Western Riesling 2012

Best’s Wines today released the 2011 Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz and the 2012 vintage of the Great Western Riesling. From vineyards in Victoria’s Great Western region, Best’s has been continually producing exceptional wines with great longevity since 1866. Today’s new releases continue the Best’s tradition of highlighting Great Western’s remarkable vineyards.  Continue »

Time Posted: 12/09/2012 at 10:01 AM
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28 March 2012 | Best's Wines

2012 Vintage Blog: Anyone for Swallow Pie?

Great Western is experiencing some beautiful autumn weather at the moment, with very cool crisp nights and clear, warm sunny days; ideal for ripening Shiraz grapes to the optimum balance of flavour and freshness. We are having more of a battle against the birds at the moment. Those pesky balls of colour, mirth and grace are gorging on ripe grapes until their bellies burst, but they still come back for more. When i was winemaking in Italy, I asked the question if they have any issues with birds in the vineyards? “No, the farmers eat them all”, was the reply. Does anyone have a wine match for a swallow pie?  Continue »

Time Posted: 28/03/2012 at 11:06 AM
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23 March 2012 | Best's Wines

Making white wine from Shiraz… it can be done: Viv Thomson’s tribute to Trevor Mast

It was with much sadness that we lost a great friend earlier in the month with the passing of Trevor Mast. Trevor was the first winemaker employed by Best’s in 1975 and a big part in building the reputation of Shiraz from the Grampians on a global scale. Here’s a short tribute from our Chairman Viv Thomson commenting on the life and times of a great friend.  Continue »

Time Posted: 23/03/2012 at 9:19 AM
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21 March 2012 | Best's Wines

Vintage Blog – Riesling all in and lots of hand sorting

A BIG WEEK in the winery and vineyards. All the Riesling is now in and showing some good varietal flavours. We are sorting some of the XO Thompson Family Shiraz block today and there are very good long juicy/ spicy flavours being detected.  Continue »

Time Posted: 21/03/2012 at 11:07 AM