Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Best's Bin 0 Great Western Shiraz, 2000

The Great Western appellation was named after the Great Western Vineyard established by Joseph Best, the first wine grower in the area in the late 19th century. Now owned by Viv Thompson, the winery is located in the Grampians of Western Victoria, near Seppelt and Mount Langi Ghiran--prime territory for Shiraz. Bin 0 Shiraz is produced from four very old vineyards, some  planted in the 1800s. The low yield from these old vines results in intense flavors that, in my view, represent the very best in Australian Shiraz.

Beautiful deep ruby/crimson. Powerful and intense smells and flavors of Syrah fruit and American oak. The oak is still prominent in the bouquet and mid-palate but integrates nicely with aeration. Black fruit, cassis, lavender, a touch of black pepper. Deep and concentrated with a meaty Syrah finish. Excellent now, but, for my taste, the wine will benefit from several more years in the cellar.

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