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Best's Great Western Thomson Family ShirazWine of the year 2017

Over 9000 wines were tasted for this year’s Wine Companion. One wine received 100 points: the 1914 Seppeltsfield 100 Year Old Para Liqueur, saddled with the knowledge that each successive vintage will receive 100 points, yet not win this award. This year, the honour went to the 2014 Best's Great Western Thomson Family Shiraz, a truly glorious wine.

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Your guide toUnderstanding Wine Ratings

What's the difference between an 89 and a 93 point wine? Which wines make the cut to appear in the annual Wine Companion? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this guide to understanding James Halliday's wine ratings.

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