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Best's Great Western Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Best's Great Western Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Best's is on such a roll that itâ¬"s entry cabernet has just lapped its shiraz! An unashamedly restrained, honed, coiled-up and structured cabernet, in the traditional, savoury style, the kind that gets overlooked in wine shows until I bang a gold medal score on it!
93 points - Tyson Stelzer

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$173.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

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DESCRIPTION
  • There may be no other winery that defines the essence of Australia more than Best’s Great Western; family, history, truly unique wines, and its own region. Founded in 1866 by Henry Best, it has been managed by the Thomson family for six generations, including 50+ vintages by the current patriarch, Viv. These special wines form a true national treasure of our industry.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The vineyard set off to a rapid start with ideal conditions for budburst and a warm spring for fruit set. The summer was mainly warm and dry. There were a few hot spells, and some vines suffered a little heat stress, but adequate foliage ensured the vines remained healthy. The earlier than normal vintage period provided good ripening and harvest conditions with clear warm days that cooled off at night.

    TASTING NOTES

    Rich and broody berry aromas dominate including blackberry and plum. A background of tobacco leaf and nutty oak add complexity. The palate is fine but intense with a core of vibrant dark fruit. The powdery tannins point the way through to a long finish.

  • REVIEWS

    86% cabernet sauvignon, 4% merlot, shiraz and cabernet franc, destemmed, a mix of fermentation vessels, matured for 12 months in used French oak. Strong crimson-purple; pure, intense and long, cassis to the fore, black olive and firm, but ripe tannins. Best’s is having a ball. '
    95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion

    'An impressive cabernet that has reached good ripeness, offering dark cherries in a brambly mode. The tannins are sleek, glossy and very smoothly rendered. Fresh black fruits from start to finish here. Impressive. Drink or hold. '
    93 Points - JamesSuckling.com

    'Deep, youthful red/purple hue. The blackberry aromas are sweetly ripe and rich, full-bodied and deep with abundant tannins - but they're good tannins, smooth and reasonably ripe. There is a touch of astringency but it's one of the better wines in its price-range this vintage. '
    92 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Cabernet Sauvignon from the Great Western/Grampians region. It doesn’t have anywhere near the cache of shiraz from the region, but it can be good. It’s an elegant study of a wine. It’s herbal and undergrowthy with garden mint and associated greenery contributing to the main flow of blackcurrant and black olives. There’s a gently bitter note to the aftertaste, tonic-like, but it feels and tastes ripe throughout and indeed there’s a softness to the texture, helped in part by resiny/cream oak (the latter in modest measure). You’d have to say that it’s pretty good, and that it will improve with time. '
    91 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front