Best's Bin 0 Shiraz 2016

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The Wine Front – I saw reference to “nori seaweed” as a descriptor for this wine in the accompanying press release. I was doubtful. Then I tasted it. You’ll never guess what happened next. Click here for clickbait of the customarily disappointing kind. The wine did indeed reference nori seaweed. And it was indeed part of its unique, dare-I-say-it tantalising appeal. This is shiraz as a class act. Cherried, plummy, minty, flushed with acidity, mid-weight and yet ultimately complex. It’s velvety, it tastes of chicory, kirsch and peppercorn, it is influenced by sweet, cedary, toasty oak and it’s firm with fine-grained tannin. It is ultra-young and has an ultra-long future ahead.

About This Wine

"The deep, exotic complexity and supple tannin embrace of old vines define an alluring Bin 0 of brooding black fruit density, layered mixed spice complexity and subtle game complexity, uniting and enduring in effortless harmony on a finish of profound persistence. An epic Bin 0." 97 points - The Top 20 Wines of the Year Under $100 Tyson Stelzer 5 June 2017

The combination of quality, style and price make this a no-brainer. You can buy this with absolute confidence. It’s fresh-faced and fruit driven but notes of cloves, gum leaves, undergrowth and toasty oak add various other angles and perspectives. There’s a silken, almost creamy aspect to the texture but the fruit remains vigorous; it has the liveliness of nerves. Balance is spot on, so too tannin and length.

"One of the most attractive things about the classical Best’s Great Western red wine style is the texture. That glossy, plum essence roundness seems to come without the cost of heat or excess. It’s just a full, enveloping and charming style.

This ’15 is a classical Best’s Great Western red too.

You’d almost call that fruit molten, such is the perfect flow in this iteration. Like a wave of spiced purple berry compote washing over your palate. The oak folds into that fruit too, adding a vague vanilla bean highlight, but largely just contributing more textural layers. Critically, whilst it’s ripe (and a warm year wine), it feels sunny, not cooked – ie plums, not prunes – and it’s a quintessentially mid-weight wine. The tannins, too, are almost elegant, the acid correct, the finish just a little warm but not hot.

Ultimately this is classic wine. You’d want to wait an extra year, as it still doesn’t feel like it’s giving up all it’s goodies yet (hence the plus sign). Beyond next year? I have no doubt this will be a 30 year wine.

Best drinking: 2019-2039. 14%. 18.5/20, 94/100+. Would I buy it? I really would. Lovely."

Andrew Graham
Australian Wine Review

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Shiraz
Country Australia
Region Great Western
Brand Best's
Vintage 2016

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