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 district, 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 districts of the Barossa, and the contrasting styles of Shiraz that can be made here.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
The very essence of blackberry pastille mixed with spicy vanillin oak; roasted meat and black olive are on the bouquet; the palate is unctuous and warm, yet is still looking for some time for all parts to come together. Unashamedly at the large end of the spectrum, there is a depth of fruit and complexity that will satisfy lovers of the style, and see it evolve with grace over the coming years. Rating 94 - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz has creme de cassis, blueberry pie filling and mocha on the nose with nuances of violets, cinnamon stick and vanilla. Full-bodied and richly fruited with mouth-filling blackberry and spice flavors, it is supported by medium to firm, fine-grained tannins, crisp acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2022+ Rating 93 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (FEB/2013)
Bit of fairy dust with the The Fat Of The Land wines of First Drop, if you go by recent years and releases. They seem to hold an impossible bigness in a sleeker than expected frame. Again, 2010 shows its mettle in a wine that has bold aroma, richness of fruit, character, and yet a drinkability that says lighter than expected. But not quite. Goes into 75% new French oak for 24 months. From a single vineyard.
You can taste and smell the oak, cedary, spicy, nougat-tinged – it’s evident for sure. But fruit, rich, red and black currant, earthy, licorice, dusty tannins, all play their part in mitigating the wood work. It’s rich and long in flavour, powerful, finishes fine and puckering, and with a lick of gentle saltiness. It’s such a quintessential Barossa wine, but metered and finer than most; it’ll win fans for boldness but charm those looking for something more elegant. Quite the feat. Fine wine. Rating 92 - Mike Bennie, Wine Front (NOV/2013)
Opaque purple. High-pitched, spicy aromas of candied red fruits, violet and lavender, with a hint of vanilla adding depth. Sappy, seamless and penetrating raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are both concentrated and lively, picking up sexy floral and spicecake nuances with air. Finishes sweet and very long, with slow-building tannins and excellent clarity. Rating 92 - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Online
Winery Tasting Notes
An enigmatic expression of Barossa Shiraz, its mouth filling, fruit laden mid palate is enhanced by complex flavours of earth, wet stone and hints of leather and spice. This wine has been matured in 75% new French oak hogsheads for 24 months to further enhance its inherent structure.
A textural wine to be savoured now, or in 10 to 15 years time.