Hot on the heels of the Bests 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, my interest was pique as to what wonders they could produce from the Great Western region of Victoria.
Cooler climate Shiraz has always been a relief. Often offering meal complementing flavours and mouthfeel, without feeling like you have had a meal replacement.
The Bests Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz provides more of the red fruit (some dark berries), lovely floral perfume made me think Viognier (but there was no mention of it on the lable). A hint of dried provecale herbs and roasted fennel. Typical cool climate spices of white pepper show themselves.
On the palate its soft and luscious. Tannins are fine and smooth, but still supportive of the fruit. Fruit is darker berries and ripe dark plums oozing with fresh summer juice. Finishing dryer in flavours, with a savoury edge of warmed black olives. A little more complexity would make it great, possibly developing over the next 5 years.
Being more medium weight, this would complement a broad range of dishes. The acidity means it could manage tomato based slow cooked meats. The 2014 Bin 1 Shiraz shows that Bests Great Western again provides good value in a smart package.
Region: Grampians, VIC
Source: Provided by producer