2015 Best's "Bin No.1" Great Western Victoria Shiraz

SKU #1354518 96 points James Suckling

 A wealth of fragrant raspberries, red plums and peppery, cool-climate shiraz characters sit for all to behold on the nose, and there's a handy earthy nuance, too. The palate's bathed in cool-climate blackberry and plum flavors as well as plenty of licorice and sarsaparilla. What great depth and the peppery finish and shimmery, glossy tannins hold long and flawless. Drink now through to 2024.  (1/2017)

95 points James Halliday

 Bright crimson-purple; fragrant spice, fruit and oak nuances are all on parade from the first whiff. The elegant, medium-bodied palate throws additional light on the complex array of cherry, plum, licorice and oak flavours; supple texture and silky tannins tie the bow on a lovely, dirt cheap shiraz.

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Bin 1 is a classic, cool climate, aromatic Shiraz, made in a style that is perfumed, spicy and peppery, yet well balanced with no overt dominance of alcohol. It’s a great match with food - particularly dishes like spring lamb. Lifted aromas of exotic spices, red plums, black jubes and black olives with some nutty notes in the background. Palate Juicy dark red fruit flavours fill the mouth. The rich and ripe medium bodied texture is drawn out with powdery tannins for a long savoury finish."

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2018 | Send Email
While I am a huge fan of Shiraz from the Barossa, I am always excited to try one from another part of Australia. Best's has been making wine for a long time now and they really have perfected their style of rich fruit and texture, but with a lighter body. Don't expect this one to be overly vigorous or super muscular. It is soft, yet fresh, and makes the perfect companion for your Summer BBQ.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2018 | Send Email
Classic cool climate Aussie Shiraz. Bright, vibrant, succulent blue fruit, notes of violets and ground spice. Medium to full bodied but energetic and fresh rather than jammy or stewed. Some more savory, cracked peppercorn nuances shine through with air adding a nice umami character to the wine. There sure is a lot to love about this bottle - not least the incredibly modest price tag!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
This full bodied Shiraz is not nearly as jammy as many of the other Australian examples that I have had, but still has plenty of power. While most Shiraz offered in the US is from Barossa, this is from cooler Victoria, and has some nice acidity to balance the gregarious blue fruit in the wine. If you are looking for a great deal in clean, full bodied Syrah to have with your grill ups this summer, the Bin Number 1 is a great choice!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2018 | Send Email
This Shiraz is almost the best of both worlds, old and new. The nose is almost new world, it is dark and rich with deep dark fruits spiked with spice and eucalyptus note, but it is not heavy. The palate is almost old world, balanced with brighter fruit, lots of spice and soft tannins but it is not austere or hard. It finishes quite long with plenty of spice and dark fruit. It is really well made with a lot going on.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.