Best’s Great Western Bin O Shiraz 2013
Best’s, also known as The Most Frequently Misspelt Name in Australian Wine (along with Tyrrell’s). Curse that cheeky apostrophe.
Anyway, Bin 0 is the most classic of all the Best’s wines. Thomson family has the icon level complexity and Bin 1 is the value favourite, but Bin 0 is the most Great Western-ish. This ’13 is another solid release, if really backward.
Purple fruit aplenty. Grampians to the core. Lovely. There’s a hint of confection on the nose – a little purple Hubba Bubba in amongst the licorice and vanilla oak. It’s tight and savoury underneath though, a quite medium Bin 0, despite the alcohol and length and intensity is spot on.
Quality here, just needing patience. I’d still prefer the ’12 right now. Drink: 2018-2030. 18/20, 93/100+