Best’s winery and vineyards are among Australia’s best-kept secrets. Indeed, the vineyards, with vines dating back to 1866, have secrets that may never be revealed: for example, one of the vines planted in the Nursery Block has defied identification and is thought to exist nowhere else in the world.
Part of the cellars, too, go back to the same era, constructed by butcher-turned-winemaker Henry Best and his family. The Thomson family has owned the property since 1920, with Ben, the fifth generation, having taken over management from father Viv.
Best’s consistently produces elegant, supple wines; the Bin No. 0 is a classic, the Thomson Family Shiraz (largely from vines planted in 1867) magnificent. In the Wine Companion 2017 it was awarded the mantle of Wine of the Year from a field of almost 9000 wines.
To sample these excellent wines, visit Spicer’s Clovelly, Montville, on Thursday August 16, 6pm for a 6.30pm sit-down Shiraz Club evening.
The cost is $100 per person, with a bus available for an additional $20 per person. Visit Purple Palate to book, or call 54942499, or email Maleny@purplepalate.com