Best's Thomson Family Shiraz 2017
"The Thomson Centenary Shiraz was created in 1993, to celebrate the centenary of the Thomson family settling in the area of Great Western. This special single vineyard wine was made from the 15 rows of the original 1868 Shiraz vines, planted by Henry Best, and once referred to as ‘Hermitage’ in Henry’s daily journal.
Today, this wine is only made in the very best vintage years and is called Thomson Family Shiraz.
In the past 20 years, only fourteen Thomson Family Shiraz (TFS) wines have been made. Wine specialist Andrew Caillard MW has classified this wine as “Exceptional”, one above “Outstanding” for TFS’s sibling Bin No. 0. Mr Caillard says, “Best’s Thomson Family Shiraz is one of Victoria’s greatest wines and represents a window to Australia’s winemaking past. Like Henschke Hill of Grace and Penfolds Block 42 in the Barossa Valley, the Best’s Concongella Vineyard 1860s plantings at Great Western belong to Australia’s rich heritage of ancient genetic and pre-phylloxera vineyards.”
The 15 rows of original vines produce only very small amounts of fruit. They are cropped at less than two tonnes per acre (four tonnes per hectare) and are meticulously hand-harvested, selected and sorted. A very limited number of cases of our flagship wine are released in our very ‘best’ years. This flagship wine drinks very well now, but its potential is revealed over time, cellared away and brought out to celebrate the good things in life.
The vines are 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. " -Winery Notes