The Best's Wines Story
Dubbed by James Halliday as one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, Best’s Wines in Great Western Victoria is home to vines dating back to 1867. Today Best’s winemaking team of Justin Purser and Viv Thomson are on fine form keeping this revered name among the top echelon of Australian wine producers. Henry Best was a butcher turned winemaker during the Victorian Gold Rush. With the help of local miners, he built the original Best’s winery and cellars that are still in use today. With a meticulous approach to sourcing only the finest grapes for winemaking, Henry’s vineyard soon prospered gaining him much acclaim as far as England and throughout Europe. Upon Henry’s death in 1920, his son Charles sold the business to Frederick Thomson. Under the careful eye of fourth generation wine producer, Viv Thomson, Best’s celebrated winemaking legacy continues today. Best’s is comprised of three vineyards: the original Concongella at Great Western, St Andrew’s at Lake Boga and Salvation Hills at Rhymney Reef with vine ages from 5-135 years. From these sites, the Best’s Great Western range of wines is made. This range encompasses three tiers across various price points: Icon Range, including the Thomson Family Shiraz, Great Western Range and Regional Selection. Despite the long history at Best’s winemakers Viv Thomson and Justin Purser still remain committed to improving quality where possible through work both in the vineyard and the winery. It is their vision that each wine produced expresses the vineyard, vintage and region.
Why's this wine for you?

There are happiness guarantees. Satisfaction guarantees. Lowest price guarantees. All the guarantees on the planet. But have you ever heard of the 'Best damn $20 Cabernet on the planet' guarantee'?

That's what the 2019 Best's Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon gets you. Some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, a bevvy of big-ticket reviews, and a delicious, perfumed beauty that will easily drink for the next decade (or more).

All that for around $20 a bottle? That's madness. But so confident are we that this wine has no equal, we'll be willing to make a hefty old bet that you'll likely never taste another humbly priced Cabernet like it.

Best's and the Grampians region as a whole are well-known for producing world-class, cool-climate Shiraz. So famous have these wines become that they have somewhat overshadowed the potential of others in this region.

While we adore these wines and feel their reputation is well-deserved, we believe it is time to call out another. Cabernet Sauvignon is indeed the region's unsung hero, producing elegant, refined and age-worthy wines that would impress even the most selective Cabernet savant.

Best's Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark-fruited, supple wine that has already received rave reviews and a 95 point score from James Halliday. It is a perfect example of just how glorious Grampians Cabernet can be.

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The Brief
Alcohol
14.5%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2019
Cellar to
2025
Light Dark
Wine Scale 4
How's it taste?
A blend of cabernet sauvignon with a small portion of merlot, cabernet franc and shiraz. Comes fully formed into the world in every respect, and ready to go. So composed and nicely poised with cassis, black olive, plum, well-measured oak and ripe, supple tannins. Hosts a serious density, too, which adds up to one stunning wine for the price.
The Who
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
Expert Review
95 Points
Jeni Port - Halliday's Wine Companion
A blend of cabernet sauvignon with a small portion of merlot, cabernet franc and shiraz. Comes fully formed into the world in every respect, and ready to go. So composed and nicely poised with cassis, black olive, plum, well-measured oak and ripe, supple tannins. Hosts a serious density, too, which adds up to one stunning wine for the price.
Expert Review
Expert Review
94 Points
Stuart Knox - The Real Review
Garden mint, curing meat and ripe plum aromatics. Good black fruit drive and sits in the pocket with dry earth, tobacco leaf and salted-blood savoury elements. Seamless in its flow, tannins well resolved, and a slip of brightening acid just adds to its drinkability. Only medium-bodied yet intense and focused.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
Here’s a little nugget: Best’s have some of the oldest cabernet vines in the world. They were planted in 1860. It’s a fair assumption to make that they must go all right, or they wouldn’t have survived.Blueberry, licorice, kirsch and cedar. A sprig of mint. Look at the value on this. Cool but ripe, dusty and varietal but generous. Honed. Slipped with fine-grained tannin. All good things. All done well.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
James Suckling
Aromas of redcurrants, blueberries, violets and cedar sit fresh and lively with some lighter, herbal threads. Fine and supple tannins deliver attractively fleshy blueberry and plum flavors. Impressive balance. Drink or hold.
Expert Review
Expert Review
92 Points
Ralph Kyte-Powell - The Real Review
Deep in colour, it offers mellow varietal aromas, rather than the edgy scents of young cabernet from some other places. Plum, blackberry, blackcurrant, leafy and earthy notes flow into a smooth, juicy mouthful of medium-weight and gentle structure. It’s a cabernet that’s surprisingly easy to drink young, but it should develop well medium-term as well.
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