Wine Maker's Notes:
Best’s Great Western as a Shiraz ‘house’, has gathered experience with the variety through the legacy of Best’s long winemaking history dating back to 1866. Bin 1 Shiraz is the wine that often gives people an introduction to the regional style of Great Western Shiraz. Made predominantly from Best’s own vineyards and meticulously crafted with the same attention to detail as the Icon wines, Bin 1 Shiraz represents the essence of Best’s winemaking ideals and the uniqueness of the Great Western region.
Bin 1 is a classic, cool climate, aromatic Shiraz, made in a style that is perfumed, spicy and peppery, yet well balanced with no overt dominance of alcohol. The 2016 vintage presents a very dark red color with a garnet hue. Lifted aromas of exotic spices, red plums, black jubes and black olives with some nutty notes in the background. Juicy dark red fruit flavours fill the mouth. The rich and ripe medium bodied texture is drawn out with powdery tannins for a long savoury finish.
This intensely fruited and structured wine is great to enjoy now with food but will soften and gain complexity over the next 10 years. Ideal to drink with Char Siu Smoked Pork and steamed Pak Choy in Oyster Sauce
Emily Percival(jancisrobinson.com) - 13 Apr 2018:
"I tasted the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages and they were certainly easy to drink. They will all age beautifully too, which is pretty impressive for a wine at this price. Although you could, thankfully, taste the vintage variation, what struck me was that they were remarkably consistent in terms of quality, no doubt due, at least in part, to the blending. This is a dependably delicious wine – and ridiculous value too."
94 pts - James Suckling:
Very attractive white peppers and baking spices with a wealth of red-plum, mulberry and dark-raspberry aromas. The palate adds dark peach-like fruit to the mix, which is also present on the nose. Plums, cassis and cherries abound. Really saturated and velvety.
92 pts - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
If opening the 2016 Great Western Shiraz Bin No 1 anytime soon, I'd recommend giving it a quick decanting, as it comes out of the bottle quite funky. It'll come around quickly, if my bottle was anything to judge by, revealing raspberry, cola and black olive notes, along with ground spices like cinnamon, clove and star anise. It's a medium to full-bodied, fairly structured Shiraz, with mouthwatering acids and firm tannins. Ideally, give it a couple of years in the cellar.
91 pts - Australian Wine Companion:
Fermented with 5% whole bunches in a mix of Potter fermenters and open vats, 6-10 days on skins, matured for 12 months in French oak (5% new). Full crimson-purple; a graceful medium-bodied shiraz, an entry point wine into an exceptional portfolio. Cherry and blackberry fruits flow evenly across the palate, the tannins fine and not seeking to bar entry.