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"Purchased specifically to educate a number of American friends about premium Aussie wine. Opened an hour and a bit before drinking and decanted. On opening, the colour was still deep purple with brighter red/cherry notes at the rim. Full on dark berry fruit notes of almost confection concentration leapt out of the glass. The palate was rich, powerful and full bodied but without the alcoholic 'whack' of Barossa or McLaren Vale. When served with the meal, the nose had developed, gaining notes of crushed ant, a little volatility and variance in the fruit spectrum. Palate still rich and full bodied. Served as part of a meal prepared by self and friends in a cooking class in Rome, where the proprietor/Chef had been kind enough to indulge the Aussie - the (very good) Italian red paired with the beef and mushroom dish was forgotten by all (including Chef Andrea) - unanimous praise and surprise from the other diners who had only previously experienced bold Barossans, rather than the subtler styles of Central Victoria. "
2001 Best's Great Western Thomson Family Shiraz
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2013-2019)
- ABV 14%
- Closure: Cork
This is one of the Great Wines of the world, and now clearly established as a major investment piece. Produced from old vines, planted in 1866, this wine is a national treasure. Production is minuscule and limited to around 350 cases per year when produced - the wine is only made in great years, with no Thomson being produced from the 1993, 1999 and 2000 vintages. The Best’s Great Western Thomson Family Shiraz has established itself as one of Australia’s great shiraz alongside the likes of Henschke Hill of Grace, Penfolds Grange Hermitage and Clarendon Hills Astralis.
The colour of this wine is holding up very well displaying a totally opaque black dark red core with a dark red black hue. Both perfumed and alluring the nose reveals scents of blackberry and liquorice followed by some subtle vanillin oak, confectionary and spice. Concentrated yet very refined the palate marries flavour intensity and elegance delivering a seamless experience of liquorice and blackberry over some vanillin confectionary followed by subtle leather and spice. Velvet smooth perfectly integrated tannins. Excellent persistence with long aftertaste of liquorice, blackberry, vanillin oak, confectionary and subtle leather. Drinking well now this wine can still be cellared a further 5-6 years (2013-2017)
First Tasted 02/09/2004
Totally opaque black crimson purple colour, with purple hue. Superb nose – a wonderful sniff of violets, cedar and spice followed by liquorice allsorts and blood plum. The palate follows the nose with superb length and structure. Refined flavours of blackberry, spice and liquorice allsorts followed by a very spicy white and black pepper back palate. Fine grained tannins, perfect balance, followed by an aftertaste that lasts for several minutes.
Cellar 8-10 Years (2012-2014)