From the 2005 vintage, Best’s have produced an outstanding shiraz here from the Great Western region in western Victoria. Bests is certainly out of the way, but is worth the visit alone to see its old mixed vineyard with unknown vines. Cellared since purchased at the winery, the wine opens to tertiary aromas of rosemary, pepper, bouquet garnis and earth. The palate is medium bodied and has flavours of spice and plums. It finishes with very long length. This wine is clearly an ageworthy style and is a pinnacle of Australian cooler climate syrah, before that was a thing. Rating: Outstanding. Read more: https://www.bestswines.com; wine-searcher. Reviewed: August 2020.
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.