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2012 Shiraz
From a Single Vineyard
in Greenock in the Barossa Valley

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.

Single Vineyard Location: Greenock, Barossa Valley
Soil: Clay and ironstone
Elevation: 330m above sea level

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 40% new French oak hogsheads for 20 months to further enhance its inherent structure. A textural wine to be savoured now, or in 10 to 15 years time.

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REVIEWS

JancisRobinson.com, August 2016, Julia Harding MW

First Drop, Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz 2012
Barossa Valley

The aromas here are more lifted than in the Ebenezer Shiraz 2012, more dramatic. More evident fruit sweetness to the aroma than on many of the First Drop reds at first, plus a dairy note, though the palate has darker flavours of spice and earth and dark chocolate. More layered than the Ebenezer, with a savoury aftertaste. The tannins are very fine and supple and give more tension. Full bodied and still fresh. Big but not at all heavy. (JH)

Score: 17

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Wine Spectator, July 31, 2016 - MaryAnn Worobiec.

FIRST DROP Shiraz Barossa Valley Fat Of The Land Single Vineyard Greenock 2012

This red is supple and plush, with graceful tannins and ripe, succulent flavors of cherry and cassis.

94 POINTS

 

The Advertiser, Tony Love's Top 100 Wines 2016, 16 July 2016

Fat of the land 2012 Greenock Shiraz Barossa Valley, SA
From a remarkable collection of three sub-regional Barossa shiraz in elite bottles, parts of which then go into a supreme blend called The Cream, this Greenock pick feels the most collected and expressive with tremendous lift to start - think intense aromas of crushed plums and black berries, with a whole speice box thrown at it, even subtle leathery notes - the fruit and oak sweetly matching up after 20 months in 40 percent new French oak. Powerful, magnificent.

95 POINTS

 

Wine Spectator Insider, Maryann Worobiec, Vol. 11, No. 49 | Dec. 16, 2015

First Drop Shiraz Barossa Valley Fat Of The Land Single Vineyard Greenock 2012
Supple and plush, with graceful tannins and ripe, succulent avors of cherry and cassis. Accents of dried violet, sandalwood and cigar box linger on the long nish. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.

94 POINTS

 

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

Fat of the Land Greenock
Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
Savoury, twiggy, earthy aromas are replayed on the opening stanzas of the palate before pleasantly grippy tannins exert their influence, the aftertaste changing gear again to juicy fruit.

RATING 95

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www.jamessuckling.com, January 2015

FIRST DROP SHIRAZ BAROSSA VALLEY
FAT OF THE LAND GREENOCK 2012
A very rich, smooth, essence-like take on the often flavor-saturated Greenock shiraz style. This has a wealth of dark plums, bold tannins and a full-tilt, take-no-prisoners style to it. Drink now or up to 2018.

Score: 92 Points

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Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2015/16

2012 Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
Last year, 100 Best flirted relentlessly with Vivo, First Drop’s fabulous, pin-sharp Arneis. It is no surprise then that the 2014 First Drop, Vivo Arneis (£15) is, once again, a star in the everexpanding FD firmament. Another previous 100 Best alumnus is the swarthy, Latin stud 2012 First Drop, Minchia Montepulciano (£21). I wondered if this wine might hit the high notes again after having been pimped in my scribblings before and here he is, glistening in the midday sun. 2012 First Drop, Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield Shiraz (£45) is a fascinating single parish wine showing that while most Barossa Shiraz is lumped together from all corners of the region, they can occasionally sing like angles when pulled out of the crowd. My featured Greenock cuvée is Noel to Seppeltsfield’s Liam and this wine carries a little more gravitas, intellect and melody. You heard it here first - Oasis is getting back together again, as 2012 First Drop, The Cream Shiraz (£55) shows. This wine is the carefully assembled band members with no string section or whining kids interfering with an ear splitting rendition of Barossa Supernova (in vinous form).

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Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2014/15

2010 Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
Matt Gant and John Retsas have made a few really smart wines in the last twelve months. Grab a glass of 2013 First Drop Vivo Arneis (q.v.) and consider this. 2012 First Drop 2% Shiraz is the greatest incarnation of this wine since day one and 2010 First Drop Fat of the Land The Cream is undoubtedly this regiment’s squadron-leader. Heroic in every way it will no doubt get the medals it deserves if it is ever entered into competitions, but I imagine that it has probably all sold out anyway! 2010 Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz makes up 30% of The Cream, but as a standalone wine I am very enamoured with it indeed. Layered, classy and persistent, it grows on the palate and never stops evolving. The tornado of fruit and spice is phenomenal and I have to say that it has an X Factor which always impresses consumers at events when other wines leave them confused. This is a remarkable trait and it is thanks to John and Matt’s great palates and excessive drinking I reckon. They just happen to really know what tastes great and so they make wines like that!

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JancisRobinson.com, May 2014, Julia Harding.

Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz 2010 Barossa Valley
Dark and definitely more spicy and peppery than the Seppeltsfield and the Ebenezer. Firm and just a little chewy on the finish but fully ripe. Has a savoury note too and the texture is refined. My favourite of the three Fat of the Land single-vineyard 2010 Shiraz in this line up. Still so young and I am sure it will gain in complexity over the next five years at least.

SCORE 17.5+

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Wine Front, November 16 2013, by Mike Bennie

First Drop Fat Of The Land Greenock Shiraz 2010
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. 92points

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

Fat of the Land Greenock
Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
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

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2010 First Drop Wines Fat of the Land Shiraz Greenock 
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. 92

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Robert Parker’s ‘Wine Advocate’ February, 2013
by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

2010 ‘Fat of the Land’ Greenock Shiraz
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+.  93points

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2009 First Drop Wines Fat of the Land Shiraz Greenock 
Glass-staining purple.  Pungent, highly perfumed bouquet of candied blackberry, blueberry, licorice and mocha, lifted by smoky spices.  Lush, intensely flavored and broad, offering deep blackberry and cherry compote flavors and slow-building spiciness.  Finishes sappy and sweet, with superb length to the dark fruit flavors. 93

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The Age / Sydney Morning Herald 'Good Wine Guide 2013', Nick Stock, page 304

2009 First Drop Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz

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.

Score 93

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Gourmet Traveller WINE Aug/Sep 2012 - 'Top 100 New Releases', Huon Hooke, page 167

Fat of the Land Greenock Gourmet Traveller Wine Review

2009 First Drop Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz
Barossa Valley

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.

4 STARS, 92 POINTS

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Wine Spectator, Vol. 8, No. 30, August 2012, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 1

Shiraz Barossa Valley Fat Of The Land Single Vineyard
Greenock 2009

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. Drink now through 2019.—H.S.

93 POINTS

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Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2012

2009 Fat of the Land, Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
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.

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Robert Parker’s ‘Wine Advocate’ Issue #199, February, 2012
by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

2009 ‘Fat of the Land’ Greenock Shiraz
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 2014 to 2024+. 92+pts

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Wine Front, March 30 2012, by Campbell Mattinson

2009 ‘FAT OF THE LAND’ GREENOCK SHIRAZ
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. 93+pts

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012 Edition, Hardie Grant Books, page 252

2008 Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
Dark, deep purple; here the oak choice is new French hogsheads for 24 months; needless to say, full-bodied, but there is a focus and definition to the multiplicity of the aromas and flavours that lightens the burden; the palate is supple and finishes with a flourish of spicy black fruits. RATING 96

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Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2011

2008 Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
There are signs that Matt Gant is managing to control his beast-like ways and in this vintage they come in the form of a beautifully well put together Fat of the Land Greenock Shiraz. Matt has been surfing the ‘district series wave’ for ages and this vogue is set to grow (see Penfolds first dip in the pond in this 100). So, with a massive and yet staggeringly accurate red wine which is both sexy, layered and controlled I urge you to taste this sensational lesson into what happens when you drill down into Greenock’s ancient soils and strike wine.

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Wine Spectator, Vol. 7, No. 17, April 27, 2011, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 2

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2008 ‘Fat of the Land’ Greenock Shiraz 
Glass-staining ruby. A black hole of dark fruits on the nose, reluctantly offering up notes of candied licorice, espresso and musky herbs. Deeply concentrated cherry compote and blackcurrant flavors are framed by chunky tannins; shows serious power but this is a mighty tough read right now. The finish repeats the licorice note and clings impressively. There's no way I'd be opening one of these any time any time soon. 90(+?)

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Robert Parker’s ‘Wine Advocate’ Issue #192, December 23, 2010
by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

2008 ‘Fat of the Land’ Greenock Shiraz 
Coming from clay with ironstone soils at 330 meters in the Greenock sub-region, the 2008 Greenock Shiraz was aged in 100% new French oak for 24 months. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it gives pronounced aromas of warm black currant, black cherry, earth and loam with some underbrush and tree bark and a whiff of spice box. The very full-bodied palate is quite savory in character with crisp acid, medium-firm velvety tannins and a long, spicy finish. Though approachable now, it should begin to really show its stuff in 2-3 years and drink to 2020+. 93pts

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Gourmet Traveller Wine, Dec/Jan 2009 - 100 Top New Releases, p174, Huon Hooke


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Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 Edition, page 301


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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition, Hardie Grant Books, page 241


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eRobertParker.com, February 2009, Jay Miller


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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/0ct 2008, Josh Raynolds


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