The Historic Best's Great Western | Bin No. 0 Shiraz 2016 Release

 

Even amongst the rare, celebrated red wines of Australia, Best's Great Western Bin 0 is a unique, special offering. 'Bin 0' has long been an Australian icon, a super premium example of a cooler continental climate region that produces elegant, complex and layered shiraz.

There is a small amount available from the 2016 vintage, released on May 1st.

- Sophie S.


Photo: Justin Purser & Ben Thomson
Langton's ‘Excellent’ Classifcation

 

Shiraz has been produced at Best’s Great Western since the late 1800s, although the actual date of the first Bin 0 Shiraz is lost in the annuals of time. What is certain is that Bin 0 as a descriptor on the wine label has been in use for over 100 years. Best’s Bin 0 Shiraz is produced from the four original Shiraz plantings in the low yielding blocks of the historic Concongella vineyard at Great Western. This includes nineteenth century and mid twentieth century plantings of Shiraz which result in very low yielding, intense vines. The fruit is hand-selected, sorted and fermented in small-batches and matured in the finest barrels in our underground cellar.

Bin 0 is made to be an age worthy style and has been the undisputed icon of Great Western shiraz for many decades. It is internationally acclaimed as one of Australia’s great Shiraz wines.

 

This is a majestic shiraz, powerful and dense, well-structured for ageing yet with amazingly complex detail and charm for such a youngster, with star anise, pepper and assorted spice aromas. It has great concentration and persistence. A top vintage of this famous wine. 97 Points, Huon Hooke (The Real Review Wine of the Week June 2018)

 

Winemaker tasting notes

The 2016 vintage is an impenetrable dark red with a bright garnet red hue. A cornucopia of aromas including potpourri, turmeric, blood plum, cigar box, savoury spices and fresh herbs. Like a peacock’s tail - explodes with flavour through the palate showing mid weight purple fruit and a lingering epilogue of graceful tannins. A definitive Bin 0 that will drink well now with food, however will benefit from some more time in bottle. Try it with a medium rare Scotch Fillet and creamy mashed potatoes.

Will reward both short term to long term cellaring (20 years+).

- Justin Purser

 

2016 Vintage

The vineyard set off to a rapid start with ideal conditions for budburst and a warm spring for fruit set. The summer was mainly warm and dry. There were a few hot spells, but adequate foliage ensured the vines remained in good health.
The earlier than normal vintage period provided good ripening and harvest conditions with clear warm days that cooled off at night.