A rich, textured, seamless wine that combines power and elegance.
The Cream is blended at the optimum time from the best barrels from First Drop’s most prized vineyards to create the ultimate expression of Barossa Shiraz from the vintage.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
The First Drop team seem to be able to tread the delicate line of power and restraint, while maintaining life and freshness in impressively concentrated wines; The Cream is a testament to this, as the layers of dark fruits, roasted meats, tar, bramble and sizzling bacon fat are held in check by taut tannins and fine acidity; more than just clever winemaking leads to a long and harmonious finish. Rating 96 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013
This is not quite the expected blockbuster, but is certainly generously proportioned. Some jammy overtones, plus fruitcake, chocolate, vanilla and super-ripe black fruits. Concentrated and long. Lusciously fruited and seductive. Rating 94, 5 Star - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine (AUG/SEP 2012)
Opulent, with a welcome savory note weaving through the ripe cherry, red plum and black tea flavors. A glint of roasted meat and
sassafras adds complexity to the long finish. The tannins are wellabsorbed. Rating 94 - Best from 2014 through 2019. From Australia.—H.S. Wine Spectator, Vol. 8, No. 30, August 2012
Raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, creamy oak, brown spices and a touch of earth. It’s big and intense, with a spread of mouth saturating fine grained tannin, toasty savoury oak and an almost liquorous and creamy Framboise character. Acidity is balanced and lends freshness – not shrill. It’s a big warm sweet berry/cherry pie of a wine, but has class and control. Those who seek (assuming sufficient funds) shall find happiness in the bottle. Rating 94 - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (APR/2012)
A blend of 43% Seppeltsfield, 34% Ebenezer and 23% Greenock fruit, the 2009 The Cream Shiraz spent 24 months in 70% new French hogsheads, 10% new American barriques and 20% older oak. Deep purple-black colored, the nose is a little closed, offering very pure ripe blackberry and cassis notes with underlying pencil lead, earth, cedar and cumin seed hints plus a whiff of black truffles. Taut, muscular and densely packed with fruit on the full bodied palate, it has a medium to firm level of very fine tannins, crisp acid and a very long finish. Consider drinking it 2014 to 2024+. RATING 93+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (FEB/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Lifted black fruit aromas with hints of smoke, tar, mocha, leather and spice.
Rich kirsch and black fruits, dark chocolate and licorice, balanced with textured, lingeringly seamless tannins.
Hare cooked with duck fat; pheasant pie
It’s seductive, with a pedigree that will see it mature for a further 10 to 15 years. So indulge now or reward yourself later.