The words “Bin 0” have appeared on the Best’s Shiraz label for over 100 years. A Thomson Family shiraz was not produced from 2009 so the best shiraz from the estate went into this wine.
When I first opened this there was a little more toasty oak showing than I’d prefer, but it didn’t take too long for it to sink right down into the wine. We have a very good release here. It’s all sweet-sour plums, assorted spices, menthol and roasted nuts. It’s juicy, finely tannic, and impeccably well balanced. Weight of flavour is not an issue, yet it feels lively and light on its feet. It’s like a Great Western version of a good-vintage St Henri. I recall Viv Thomson once saying that Best’s shiraz is built on acid; this version is a good example of that. The cellar beckons. Drink 2016-2024+
93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front.