Shiraz & Cabernet - First Drop Wines
Winery : First Drop Wines
First Drop Wines is one of the most exciting and impressive ranges of wine we have seen in years. the names and labels are witty and very decorative, and the contents are simply superb. And that's not just one or two wines in the range - they're all brilliant.
'The fact that their wines are so bloody good sets this venture apart: there are quite a few new-wave wine ventures out there now with eye-catching designs, punchy names and marketing campaigns, aimed at the You-Tube generation, but none of them are quite as adventurous with what's inside the bottle as what's on the outside.' MAX ALLEN, The Future Makers, Hardie Grant Books 2011.
Five Stars, Tim Stock Good Wine Guide
Five Stars, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion '12Mother's Milk Shiraz (Barossa) - aptly named indeed. This slips down oh so easily. The fruit is not overblown though, more berry and pepper focus. Juicy blackberries. Fills the mouth deliciously.
Mother's Ruin Cabernet (McLaren Vale) - also aptly named, and labelled. This is seriously addictive stuff - leather and licorice, blackcurrant and chocolate. Supple, elegant and very smooth with perfect acid. Roast lamb here we come.
2% Shiraz (Barossa) - the 2% refers to two-percent tempranillo which serves to ramp up the intense fruit aromas. This is a big, black, voluptuous, rich and generous wine. It is extremely delicious, quite fantastic in fact and hard to put down. To add to the appeal the bottle comes encased in a fine net wrap, a nod to Spain. To quote the First Drop dudes: 'The reserve booze. Puts the ph in phunk.'
JR Gantos Cabernet Touriga Nacional (McLaren Vale) - seriously well-structured, the legacy of touriga nacional and finest quality McLaren Vale cab. Spicy, chocolaty, smoky, darkly fruity. Brilliant a day after opening.