Star Cellar Door
At Best’s, history is not some abstract notion. The Thomson family, who bought the property from Charles Best in 1920, and have been tending it for five generations, live everyday surrounded by history.
It’s in the ancient red gum slabs and pillars housing the cellar door.
It’s in the vines planted long ago that some are so rare that they remain unidentified. Others like pinot meunier, planted in 1868, are among the first planted in this country.
Best’s cellar door is drenched in history and is well worth a visit. Tastings are celebrated in Riedel Magnums and cheese platters are offered – what could be better than a post-tasting rest under shady trees on this beautiful property where picnics are encouraged?
The flagship is old vine shiraz, but winemaker Justin Purser has helped pioneer an alternate expression of riesling (Foudre Ferment) that is garnering acclaim. JENI PORT
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2016 Best’s Great Western Old Vine Pinot Meunier, A$85