First Drop’s reserve Shiraz is sourced from vineyards in Seppeltsfield, Greenock and Ebenezer. Dense, earthy dark berry fruits, with hints of tobacco and cocoa are further enhanced by subtle use of oak. This wine has been matured in a combination new and old French oak hogsheads and American oak barriques for 20-24 months, resulting in a textured palate. And who’s 2%? Tempranillo.
16 Points –
Deep ruby-black. Bacon fat and cinnamon oak on the nose, with clove and white-pepper spice. Plush and ripe blackberry fruit palate, with creamy oak and fairly firm, chalky tannins. Decent length.
– Tim Jackson MW, JancisRobinson.com
91 Points –
French oak, American oak, three parishes for shiraz, that 2% eye-dropper of moscatel grapes to season. It’s been part of the DNA of First Drop from early days. It has that cool, Spanish wine ‘cage’ around it, don’t ya know? Strong bouquet of pencil shavings, clove, forest berry jam, Black Forest cake. Slosh of dark berry flavours, bourbon and coke, dark chocolate, fine tannins, good length and concentration of flavour. Ultra dark and deep shiraz here, not for faint-hearted, but delivers a pretty good experience in its ilk.
– Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au