I’ve always enjoyed the wines produced by Bests in Great Western out in western Victoria. This particular wine won the “Jimmy Watson” award at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show this year in 2012, which means it was assessed by the judges as the best one or two year old red wine among the entrants. A release price in the mid $20s combined with these factors made a speculative purchase inevitable.
The 2011 Bin 1 has aromatics that remind of black pepper, white pepper and cracked pepper laced with eucalyptus. So pepper then. A bit like an older style Craiglee. It has medium length on the palate, between medium and high acid and notes of pepper, eucalyptus and plums in a medium bodied expression. Lots of mediums, really. The length might be even a bit longer than medium.
This is quite a light and supple wine in terms of expression, but is certainly a good effort from the poor 2011 vintage. Overall, it reminds of a hypothetical cross between a Craiglee and Yarra Valley shiraz, a style in vogue at the moment. After several tastings now, this is proving to be a good, well made release, rather than something at the next level.