Best's Great Western Thomson Family Shiraz 2006
Region: Great Western, Victoria
Variety: Shiraz 100%
Winemaker: Adam Wadewitz
Cellaring: 12 - 25 years
Colour: Deep, dense, dark red colour
Bouquet: Ripe and generous fruit on the nose, deep dark berries
Palate: Amazingly rich, dense and detailed layers of complexity with dark cherry and plum flavours. Medium bodied intensity with plenty of generous palate texture. A long and powerful finish with fine grain tannins.
The Thomson Family Shiraz is produced from Henry Best's original 1865 Shiraz plantings, and only available in exceptional years, on average about six times a decade. The vines are capped at less than two tonnes per acre (four tonnes per hectare) and are then meticulously hand-harvested, selected and sorted. Thomson Family Shiraz was first made in 1993, 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 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 and the wine ls only produed in years when the quality is second to none. The Langton's Classification is "Outstanding."