• Best's Great Western 'Thomson Family' Shiraz 2015 - Limited

    The essence of the vineyard is displayed with intense, yet vibrant medium bodied flavours of dark fruits and chocolate. A graphite minerality and savoury fine tannins linger in the mouth.


    The Thomson Family Shiraz is produced from Henry Best’s original 1867 Shiraz plantings, and is only available in exceptional years, on average about six times a decade. The vines are cropped at less than two tonnes per acre (four tonnes per hectare) and are then meticulously handharvested, selected and sorted. Thomson Family Shiraz was first made in 1992, one hundred years after the Thomson family settled in the area. It is produced predominantly from the fifteen rows of vines planted by Henry Best, recorded as “Hermitage” by Henry in his daily journal.

    Today the clone is referred to by the CSIRO as the Concongella clone or the Best’s Old Block clone and it is the mother clone of all subsequent shiraz plantings at Best’s Great Western.

    Thomson Family Shiraz is hand harvested, hand plunged and fermented in small open fermenters. The wine is only produced in years when the quality is second to none. The Langton’s Classification is “Outstanding”.

    The 2014 Thomson Family Shiraz was awarded the ‘Wine Of The Year’ for the 2017 Halliday Wine Companion.


    Langton’s VII Classification of Australian Wine – The Exceptional Category

    Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017 – Tyson Stelzer, The Top 20 Wines of the Year Over $100 - 97 Points.

    Wine Genius - 96 points

    James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 – 98 points

    5 Star Wine - James Halliday

    5 Star Vineyard - James Halliday

    James Halliday Top 100 - 98 points

    James Suckling Top 100 - 96 points

    The Real Review Huon Hooke Deep - 95/100


    Alcohol: 14%, Grape: Shiraz, Celler: 5 - 20 years.

    Best's Wines, Great Western, Victoria, Australia.



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