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Best's Great Western Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Best's Great Western Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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$173.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

14.0%
Cellar to 2023
Screw Cap
Grampians
2016
750ml
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$173.94
14.0%
Cellar to 2023
Screw Cap
Grampians
2016
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • 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.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • 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.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    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.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Dubbed by James Halliday as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, Best’s Wines in Great Western Victoria is home to vines dating back to 1867. Today Best’s winemaking team of Adam Wadewitz and Viv Thomson are on fine form keeping this revered name among the top echelon of Australian wine producers. Henry Best was a butcher turned winemaker during the Victorian Gold Rush. With the help of local miners, he built the original Best’s winery and cellars that are still in use today. With a meticulous approach to sourcing only the finest grapes for winemaking, Henry’s vineyard soon prospered gaining him much acclaim as far as England and throughout Europe. Upon Henry’s death in 1920, his son Charles sold the business to Frederick Thomson. Under the careful eye of fourth generation wine producer, Viv Thomson, Best’s celebrated winemaking legacy continues today. Best’s is comprised of three vineyards: the original Concongella at Great Western, St Andrew’s at Lake Boga and Salvation Hills at Rhymney Reef with vine ages from 5-135 years. From these sites, the Best’s Great Western range of wines is made. This range encompasses three tiers across various price points: Icon Range, including the Thomson Family Shiraz, Great Western Range and Regional Selection. Despite the long history at Best’s winemakers Viv Thomson and Adam Wadewitz still remain committed to improving quality where possible through work both in the vineyard and the winery. It is their vision that each wine produced expresses the vineyard, vintage and region.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 95 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    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. '

    93 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    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. '

    92 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    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. '

    91 POINTS

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT


    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. '