Price:  £18.95 | Case Rate: £18.00
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Best's - Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2014


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Victoria
  • Wine Maker: Justin Purser
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 90 (2013) VS: 92 (2013) JS: 96 (2011) D: 5 (2013) JH: 94 (2013) WF: 95 (2013) Misc: 92 Stars (2012) Misc: 93 Stars (2013)

Wine tasting notes

Bin 1 is a classic, cool climate, aromatic Shiraz, made in a style that is floral, spicy and peppery yet retains generous fruit characteristics and intensity. It is a well-balanced wine where alcohol does not dominate. We make this wine in an elegant, approachable style. We want people to understand that this is a wine made to drink now, savouring the flavour profile from Shiraz made in the Great Western region. Colour - Very deep garnet red. Bouquet - Lifted black pepper and exotic spice with layers of ripe forest fruits. Palate - Fresh plum, blueberry/blackberry fruits and spice dominate with fine rolling tannins that support and lengthen the flavours. A rich yet savoury finish makes this an ideal food wine.

Winery Information


A winery steeped in Australian winemaking history, Best's has been creating wines in the Great Western region of Victoria for over 140 years. The winery is one of the country's oldest continuously family owned and operated wineries, and owns some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the World, with one parcel dating back to the 1860s.Now run by fourth generation winemaker Viv Thomson, he is creating wines of great depth, finesse and character, with a strong sense of place and history. All the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)90 pts

Feb 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Great Western Shiraz Bin No 1 is intensely scented of cassis, black plums and black cherries with hints of pepper, violets and cinnamon plus a slight cola character. Medium-bodied, the palate is quite elegant with a nice graininess to the tannins and long earthy finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)92 pts

Lively aromas of fresh berries and incense, with olive and violet nuances in the background. Smoky and broad but lively on the palate, offering intense blackberry and cherry-cola flavors braced by a jolt of smoky minerality. This very dense, vibrant wine finishes on a spicy note, with excellent clarity and just a trace of tannins. An excellent value and, from my past experience with this wine, a Shiraz to cellar with confidence. -- Josh Raynolds

James Suckling (2011)96 pts

December, 2012. A wine with fascinating spice and black pepper. Medium to full body with fine tannins and a long finish. Fine. Drink or hold.

Decanter (2013)5 pts

Pepper and spice aromas, cool-grown and ripe. The palate is almost sinewy and tight with elegant weight. Oak plays a back seat, and the tannins are ample and soft. There is fruit sweetness and length.

James Halliday (2013)94 pts

Deep, dense crimson-purple; savoury/foresty nuances provide the backdrop for the black fruits and licorice aromas and flavours; maturation in large-format French oak has kept the wine fresh and firm, with a minimum 25-year future.

Wine Front (2013)95 pts

Best’s of Great Western. The 2011 Bin No 1 won the Jimmy Watson Trophy. This release is a better wine than the 2011 release. It’s richer and riper, which arguably gives it some advantage, but more so because it’s beautifully structured and lengthy, sure signs of quality. Plum, dark cherry, mint, the odd splash of spice. Tannin curls and rolls and rumbles from the mid-palate onwards. Outstanding.

Miscellaneous (2013)93 stars - "Pours a very youthful looking inky black dark purple colour with a bright dark purple hue. The nose follows on from the wines youthful appearance delivering pronounced aromas of fresh blackberries, dark cherries and plum followed by some liquorice, earth and vanillin cedar. Medium to full bodied the palate possesses good richness with generous flavours of inky fresh blackberries, dark plums and liquorice over some vanillin cedar, earth and pepper. Dryish finish with an elegant structured mouthfeel and slightly chalky but balanced tannins. Medium to long aftertaste of inky blackberries, liquorice, vanillin cedar, earth and pepper. Cellar 6-8 years."

Miscellaneous (2012)92 stars - "This is very solid Best’s Shiraz and very solid Grampians Shiraz, which in turn makes it a very good cool climate Shiraz and a bit of a bargain. Medium-bodied with a good cut of acidity yet it’s surprisingly yielding in the mouth. It doesn’t show its 14.5% ABV at all. Typical regional flavours and aromas of cherry, plums and spice with a lick of vanilla and some florals. Genial yet it has enough structure. Very balanced and poised if not extremely intense or detailed. "

Vinification Notes

Open Fermented in 2.5tonne lots. Hand Plunged, Basket Pressed. Aged in French oak.