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2014 Best's Great Western Bin 0 Shiraz

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Our Price: $57.99 / bottle (RRP: $90.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'The wine is bold and bright, youthful and fresh, with elegance and intensity. Ample tannins are appropriately firm and balanced.'
96 Points - Huon Hooke

  • Shiraz has been produced at Best’s Great Western since the late 1800s, although the actual date of the first Bin 0 Shiraz is lost in the annuals of time. What is certain is that Bin 0 as a descriptor on the wine label has been in use for over 100 years. Best’s Bin 0 Shiraz is produced from the four original Shiraz plantings in the low yielding blocks of the historic Concongella vineyard at Great Western. This includes nineteenth century and mid twentieth century plantings of Shiraz which result in very low yielding, intense vines. The fruit is hand-selected, sorted and fermented in small-batches and matured in the finest barrels in our underground cellar.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Bin 0 is made to be an age worthy style and has been the undisputed icon of the Great Western shiraz style for many decades. It is internationally acclaimed as one of Australia’s great Shiraz wines.

    TASTING NOTES

    Colour: Inky dark red with a bright purple hue

    Bouquet: Floral and lifted spice aromas mingle with the jubey fruit and meaty / black olive notes. Subtle oak, cinnamon, bay leaf and peppermint fill the background

    Palate: Intense and brooding flavours of cool fruits and warm spices create a plush mouthfeel around the fresh minerality and the long rolling finish. A classic Bin 0 that will drink well now with food, but will benefit from some more time in bottle

    Cellaring: Will reward both short term to long-term cellaring (20 years+)

    Food pairing: Try it with a Moroccan slow cooked lamb tagine served on a bed of couscous mixed with finely chopped fresh mint, pomegranate and almonds

    Alc/vol: 13.5%

  • REVIEWS

    'Full crimson-purple; a complex medium to full-bodied shiraz with blackberry, black cherry, spice, licorice, tannins and oak all contributing to the intense palate; natural acidity and freshness enhanced by the modest alcohol; it builds and builds, lengthens and lengthens each time it is retasted.'
    96 Points - James Halliday

    'Very bright, deep youthful purple colour; the bouquet more minty than usual, with peppermint and eucalyptus mint in abundance. Fresh herbs, too, as well as dark berries aplenty. The wine is bold and bright, youthful and fresh, with elegance and intensity. Ample tannins are appropriately firm and balanced. Not a very big Bin 0, but nicely harmonious and blueberry-ish. Lovely wine, an infant wine with a brilliant future.' 
    96 Points - Huon Hooke

    'I didn’t realise until Best’s Viv Thomson gave me one of a few fascinating history lessons, but a number of Australian producers, way back in the day, used to label their wines Bin 0, Bin 1, Bin 2, and similar, as a kind of quasi-tiering of quality. A kind of classification system, if you will. Best’s have pretty much stuck with it too, with Bin 0 above Bin No 1. Best’s’ touchstones of history are part of what makes them one of my favourite Victorian wine producers (of a pretty long list of course). Something special though. As with this wine.

    Pours with that satisfying purply hue amongst the black and garnet. So fragrant in the glass. A heady mix of red fruits, herbs, lavender, pepper, fine cedar. In the palate, silkiness, medium weight, sweet red berries, pepper, lick of smoky oak, fine dusty tannins. Finishes soft and then begins to tug with tannin. It’s effortless, pure-feeling, bright and so very drinkable. It’s a release collectors should flock to.'
    95 Points - Mike Bennie

    'This has some handy plum and cherry fruits on offer with a gently spicy and peppery edge and some boysenberry and blueberry. The palate is elegant and even with bright raspberry and red cherry flavors wrapped in grainy, defined tannins.'
    90 Points - James Suckling



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