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Best's Great Western Thomson Family Reserve Shiraz

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Best's Great Western Thomson Family Reserve Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Quite a departure from its usual style, this rather more complex, elegant and savoury shiraz reveals more of a funky Old World style. Pungent and meaty, its briary, faintly jujube-like bouquet of blackberries, mulberries, dark cherries and violets reveals spicy cinnamon-like nuances of mint, graphite and menthol, with smoky, meaty and reductive undertones. Smooth and luscious, with a powerful, plush core of small red and black fruits, it becomes more savoury and earthy towards the finish. Fine, long and elegant, it's a perfect expression of why Great Western shiraz is so sought after.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
This is a wine as much about texture and seamless mouth feel as anything. Its tannin structure is refined and precise, ultra-fine and textural. There is great definition of pepper, blueberry and plum fruit along the way, with subtle liquorice in the background. With profound length, undeviating line and impeccable balance, there is a very long life ahead of it.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vivid youthful hue; the bouquet shows elements of fresh blackberry, violets, ironstone minerality and fragrant toasty oak; medium-bodied and full of vibrant fruit, its outstanding character is the seamless and silky texture that unravels at a stately pace to reveal the wine within; patience will be rewarded, but it will be hard to wait, as it is delicious now.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Laced with black pepper and smoky scents of musk and spice, this powerful, sumptuous shiraz marries a concentrated, rather dense and velvety presence of blackberries, dark plums, mulberries and cassis with fresh cedar/chocolate oak. It's long and briary, with faint suggestions of mint and menthol, plus a hint of charcuterie meat, finishing with modest suggestions of mineral, prunes and caramel.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Thomson Family Shiraz is only made in years where the fruit achieves outstanding quality. The style is heavy with oak and fruit concentration
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Superb crimson hue; a fragrant bouquet with spice, pepper and black cherry fruit, then a glorious silken, supple palate, with red and black cherry and plum foremost, the tannin and oak contribution perfectly judged. The quality of the cork is good, but…
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The depth to this wine speaks volumes about the quality of fruit; powerful and full of dark fruits, there is an elegance and poise that draws this wine out to a very long and satisfying finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Dark, smoky and minty, with a brambly and palate-staining expression of dark plums, cherries, mulberries, blackberries and cassis handsomely knit with toasty dark chocolate oak and backed by nuances of menthol and iodide. A very natural dry red, full to medium in weight, it's framed by firm, powdery tannin and becomes more smooth and polished towards its long, firm, slightly meaty and persistent finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
More concentration of power and greater structure than Bin O; blackberry with splashes of licorice and spice; will be seriously long-lived, and is not yet showing its best
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Rich, powerful and assertive, and just within the bounds of genuine ripeness. Deep, dark and spicy, its meaty, leathery and briary expression of intense red and black berry fruits is backed by dusty clove and vanilla-like oak. Framed by a firm and palate-coating extract of drying tannin, it finishes long and persistent, nutty and savoury. Slightly raw, it's an unashamed cellar style that needs time to reach its ultimate balance and integration.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Fragrant aromas of dark cherries, cassis, mulberries and plums are supported by sweet cedar/chocolate oak. There's also plenty of varietal pepper and spice with an underlying violet-like perfume. Long very smooth and velvet-like with a ripe succulent mouthfeel of berry/plum flavours bordering ever so marginally on the over-cooked .Its length and tight-knit spine of powdery tannins will ensure a strong future.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Succulently rich and supple black fruits and perfectly integrated French oak; graceful and elegant despite the richness.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Deep, bright purple-red, it has seductive sweet cherry fruit, a hint of spice and finely balanced oak on the bouquet; the concentrated yet smooth and velvety palate has perfectly balanced tannins and oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Very good red-purple; dark cherry fruit, followed by evident but not aggressive oak. There is a similar interplay on the palate, with sweet oak complementing the dark cherry/berry fruit and soft, lingering tannins on the finish. Altogether stylish.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Dense red-purple; the bouquet exudes gloriously dense chocolate and black cherry fruit, supported by excellent oak. The exotically concentrated and dense palate has outstanding texture and structure; ripe black cherry and chocolate flavours, subde but sweet oak and fine tannins complete a great wine.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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