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2024 Halliday Wine Companion

The Halliday Wine Companion is your ultimate guide to the captivating world of wine. Originally produced and curated by the renowned Australian wine critic James Halliday, this comprehensive compendium offers expert insights, unbiased reviews, and invaluable information on wineries, regions, and vintages. Best’s Wines has been consistently rated a red 5-star winery for over a decade as well as winning several key awards during the same period. Best’s 2014 Thomson Family Shiraz was awarded 99 points and Wine of the Year in the 2017 Wine Companion and more recently, in the 2023 Companion, the 2021 Foudre Ferment Riesling was also awarded Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year and Riesling of the Year.  Remarkably it was only the second white wine to have won Wine of the Year award in the history of the Companion. In 2020 Best’s Wines was also named Best Value Winery of the Year, an acknowledgement of the quality vs. price of the wines produced at Best’s Great Western. Below is a selection of current releases that have rated in the wine companion over the last few years and a sneak preview of some that have been rated, but not yet released.


Best’s Wines Great Western

Future Releases

2021 LSV Shiraz

94 Points

“Oak adds coffee and cedar notes, arguably a little too keenly, but this will settle in time and in any case, the fruit flavours here are pretty gorgeous. Boysenberry and redcurrant flavours come infused with florals, the aftertaste adding tonic-like herb and twig notes. It’s plush up front, savoury through the finish, almost like a reverse mullet. The net effect is that it’s lovely to drink” – Campbell Mattinson, 2024 Halliday Wine Companion.

To be released in 2024

2021 Bin No. 1 Shiraz

94 Points

“This release is on song. Black pepper and peppercorn characters float through cherry and plum fruit flavour. It’s lively, it has enough depth, it finishes well and it charms throughout. The fine-grained, savoury aspect of the tannin here is of particular note. If you like the Great Western style, you can buy this with confidence” – Campbell Mattinson, 2024 Halliday Wine Companion

Currently available at selected Dan Murphy and BWS stores nationally.

2020 Bin No. 0 Shiraz

96 points

“Best’s celebrates old vines. Bin O is a case in point, with vines dating back to 1868 employed here to produce a stunning and elegant beauty. Bin O’s signature black fruits, woody spice and violets are concentrated and deep, followed by velvety tannins that effortlessly glide over the tongue. Quite a powerful combination”. – Jeni Port, 2023 Halliday Wine Companion

To be released May 2024

2020 Thomson Family Shiraz

95 points

Oozes class and elegance. Destined for a long and fruitful life, Thomson Family Shiraz embraces blackcurrant, blood plum, bramble, briar, earth and spice. Fine in features, it can be deceiving because there is a strength here, built on old vines and the gentlest of oak which allows the fruit to sing. – Jeni Port, 2023 Halliday Wine Cmpanion

To be released May 2024


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