First Drop `Fat of the Land Greenock` Shiraz 2009 (6 x 750mL), Barossa, SA.

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Overview

The Barossa is an amazing place with a diverse history from which a great community has grown living off the Fat of the Land. Famed for its Shiraz vineyards, some dating back to the 19th century, the wines from this small, but proud region are as unique and divergent as its history and community. One can make such varied expressions of Shiraz, due to the different meso-climates of each subregion, the elevation range, and the myriad of soil types that are to be found throughout the Barossa. The Fat of the Land series seeks to showcase the sub regions of the Barossa, and the contrasting styles of Shiraz that can be made here.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The Greenock sub-region is at around 330 metres above sea level. This gives it a slightly cooler aspect in Barossa Valley terms.

It's the most understated of the three Fat of the Land releases. It takes a bit of coaxing. It smells and tastes of truffles, corn, blackcurrant, raspberry and soy. Blackberry too of course. There's no lack of anything, but it's not as dense/rich as the Ebenezer or Seppeltsfield releases of the same year. It almost has a sinewy character. And noticeably better/more attractive oak: here's its cedary, clovey, hay-like. There's a slight jamminess to the fruit but it remains fresh. Hot year but an impressive wine.Rating 93+ Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front (MAR/2012)

This wine is super-rich, ultra-ripe and has that hidden Greenock power to it. The nose offers black fruits, plum, cake, dried prunes and earthy aromas. The palate runs sheets of solid tannin from edge to edge and delivers deep plum and blackberry flavour amid toasty oak spice - not one for the meek of palate.Rating 93 - Nick Stock Good Wine Guide 2013

An appealing Barossa style, with dense purple-red colour and an oak-infused chocolate, vanilla and fruit-cake aroma. The palate is big, soft and cuddly, with modest acidity and gently tannins. Sweet and savoury elements are well balanced.Rating 92 - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine (AUG/SEP 2012)

Polished, dense and succulent, with dead-ripe cherry, plum, aniseed and chocolate flavors mingling effortlessly, deftly supported

by lively acidity and framed with fine tannins. The finish persists impressively. Rating 93 Drink now through 2019.—H.S. Wine Spectator (AUG/2012)

Aged in French oak, 50% new, for 24 months, the 2009 Greenock Shiraz has a very deep garnet-purple color and aromas of creme de cassis and ripe blackberries over hints of spice box, smoky bacon, coffee grounds and yeast extract. Full bodied, rich and concentrated, the fruit is very fresh and vibrant in the mouth with lively acid and firm fine tannins to support. The finish is long with a slight menthol and sage lift. It should drink best Rating 92+ 2014 to 2024+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate’ Issue #199, February, 2012

Matt and John have pushed the boundaries even further in 2009 and Greenock Shiraz is my pick of the excellent Fat of the Land range. With a splendid retinue of tannins supporting an amazing lush blackberry, plum and sweet liquorice palate, this is a very easy wine to adore on the first sip and that is what distances it from its more belligerent siblings. There are bitter dark chocolate, cool peat and even raspberry high notes to be found in this epic sub-regional Barrosan beauty and I think that we are all now being treated to the most complex and intricate work that the lads have ever done, so don’t miss out on this erudite Titan of a wine.Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wine 2012

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Dark plum

Aroma

Lifted black fruit and Bloody Mary aromas with complexing floral notes and hints of cinnamon and Chinese spices.

Palate

Broad, mouthfilling black fruit and mocha mid palate with floury tannins, and complex favours of wet stone / slate with a hint of cedar and leather. Enigmatic like Humphrey Bogart

Grub Match

Saddle of venison with wild mushroom fricassee and Armagnac cream; roast duck breast with cinnamon and honey.

Cellaring Potential

An ethereal wine for the intellectual, so ponder now, or in 10 to 15 years.

Vintage
2009
Region
SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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Matt ‘Gantos’ Gant and John ‘JR’ Retsas are two mates with a lifelong commitment to making kick-arse booze. These are wines with flavour, texture and a splash of funk, made with the best fruit from unique patches of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.

First Drop is about life, flavour, and fun – wines to drink! You might have noticed that we have a pretty artistic approach to our packaging too. Whether it’s the Hogarth-inspired Mother’s Ruin illustration or the funked-up street art on the 2% Shiraz, this is booze that looks as good as it tastes.

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