Sunday, December 13, 2009


 - Grampians, VIC
 - $24-$31
 - Screwcap
 - 13.0%alc

The historically significant Best's vineyards suffered badly at the hands of frost prior to the 2007 vintage. Fortunately, fans of this Great Western icon can still rejoice, as Best's delivered an outstanding array of premier reds from 2006, most of which remain easily attainable through Australian retail stores.

Taking time to open up, Best's 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a heady, spicy fragrance of clove, pepper and herbs overlying redcurrant, cassis, smoked meat and cedar oak aromas in a fashion perfectly indicative of the maker. The medium-full bodied palate presents itself in a very lean, firm manner, unravelling a beautifully focused, classically regional combination of savoury edged dark fruit, spice and cedar oak characters. Framed by a gripping influence of bony tannin, it finishes long and savoury with enduring notes of green olive, exuding masculine charm and sophistication throughout a wine which is marginally more regional than varietal.

üI'm an unashamed lover of the Best's style; firm, spicy, savoury, elegant and long lasting reds, and the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon couldn't have ticked all those boxes any clearer. Like all Best's reds it requires patience to show its best(!). Pull it out in 2018 with confidence. Drink 2016-2021.
93 points

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