Thursday, July 23, 2009


 - Grampians, VIC
 - $22-$31
 - Screwcap
 - 14.0%alc

Ever since the initial 2004 wine (90pts), I've been very impressed with Best's Bin No.1. It provides an enticing entry point into Best's exquisite portfolio of shiraz, as every release thus far has handsomely displayed the fine line and savoury spice characters I find so appealing in Grampians shiraz.

Pleasantly scented and plush, it reveals an attractive mix of redcurrant, blackberry, licorice and generously spiced cedar/chocolate oak aromas, with even ripeness (of younger vine material) apparent. Driven by fine-grained French/American oak, the justly regional, medium-bodied palate presents savoury, plush red and black berry flavours complemented by the elegance and firmness expected of the maker, finishing with lasting, spicy notes of white pepper and cumin. There are indications of gentle reservation and softness throughout the palate, making it a particularly polite, approachable young Grampians shiraz.

üThe 2006 Bin No.1 is precisely what the Thomson family would've intended; an excellent introduction into the world of Grampians shiraz, Australia's most under-rated shiraz region if you ask me. Drink to 2014.
92 points

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