2017 Victorian Wine Show ? Trophy- Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Rich and broody berry aromas dominate including blackberry and plum. A background of tobacco leaf and nutty oak add complexity. Fine but intense with a core of vibrant dark fruit.
"Best's winery and vineyards are among Australia's best-kept secrets. Indeed the vineyards, with vines dating back to 1866, have secrets that may never be revealed: for example, one of the vines planted in the Nursery Block has defied identification and is thought to exist nowhere else in the world. Part of the cellars, too, go back to the same era, constructed by butcher-turned-winemaker Henry Best and his family.
The Thomson family has owned the property since 1920, with Ben, the fifth generation, having taken over management from father Viv. Best's consistently produces elegant, supple wines; the Bin No. 0 is a classic, the Thomson Family Shiraz (largely from vines planted in 1867) magnificent. In the Wine Companion 2017 it was awarded the mantle of Wine of the Year from a field of almost 9000 wines." James Halliday - 5 Star Winery Rating
Best Value Winery of the Year 2021 - James Halliday - Wine Companion
"Includes 10% merlot, cabernet franc and shiraz, matured for 12 months in old vats or French hogsheads. A cascade of silver medals. This is a potent and precisely vinified wine of great length." 95pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion