The Big Guns are coming

The Big Guns are coming First Drop Wines

We’ve been waiting some time for this one, it doesn’t happen every year; in fact, we’ve been patient since the 2012 releases, and this is not an era for such endurance. First Drop Wines only bottles the big guns in the absolute best vintages and 2015 ranks with their very best. The wait is nearly over … bring forth The Fat Cream on top.

Fat of the Land, Ebenezer, 2015

The colour of black cherries. Smells sweet-fruited, dark-fruited deep and rich. The black is lifted by a light minty note and lots of sweet spice. On the palate, it’s full-bodied and generous but has unexpected freshness to balance all this plush fruit and dark-fruit sweetness. The tannins are deep and firm but already supple, the whole this is succulent and a powerhouse of pleasure. Some chocolate on finish.

17 Points – Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com

The nose is captivating here, offering up aromas of forest fruits, blueberries, sour cherries and a hint of walnut shell. Full body, structured and juicy tannins and a long finish. Everything is in balance and nothing’s overdone. Drink now.

94 Points – Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

 

Fat of the Land, Greenock, 2015

Inky, dark crimson, almost black at the core. Gorgeous dark, rocky/mineral black fruit. Smouldering and intense aroma of spiced and savoury dark fruit. Firm and chewy tannins enveloped by this glorious concentration without heaviness. There’s both freshness and succulence on the finish and just a hint of dark chocolate. Amazing balance for a wine of 15% alcohol and with a lovely dry, mouth-cleansing finish. Stunning.

18.5 Points – Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com

This shows aromas of blackberries, plums, vanilla and cassis. It follows through to a full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.

93 Points – Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

 

Fat of the Land, Seppeltsfield, 2015

Deep, inky crimson. Aromatic and spicy, with masses of sweet black fruit and chocolate, on the nose and the palate. Big and dense but not heavy. Full-bodied, deep and powerful. Powerful tannins coated in sweet dark fruit and chocolate, then spice again on the finish. There’s a very slight balsamic note here and definitely more complexity to come through. The tannins are deep and rounded and the finish is really long and enveloping.

17.5 Points – Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com

The nose is really complex here with layers of brambleberries, granite, subtle savoriness, meat and hints of pepper. Full body, polished tannins, a fine thread of acid and a gamey, long finish. Drink or hold.

95 Points – Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

The Cream, Shiraz, 2015

The aromas to this are deep – in the form of blackberries, blueberry compote and just a hint of eucalyptus and vanilla. The palate is very well structured. showing layers of ripe but balanced fruit and a long character-driven finish. Drink in 2019.

94 Points – Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

The colour of black cherries. Beautifully spiced and fragrant, mostly black fruit but lifted by some dark-red characteristics like mulberry. Smells exotically rich. On the palate, deep-pile, abundant but smooth tannins. This has a plush exterior but is turbo-charged under the bonnet, and yet all still remarkably well in balance. A dark, almost leathery finish. The complete opposite of many of today’s light fresh reds but none the worse for that: this is definitely a wine of place and vintage.

18 Points – Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com

 

Contact your Epicure Sales Rep quick smart as these are released on the 1st May and the tired old cliche “these won’t last” is not wrong here.

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