On 13th December 1837, Colonel William Light came over the hills from Gawler and named the magnificent range and valley in front of him, Barrosa.
Named after a battle fought in the Peninsular Wars of 1811 in which he fought as a young officer, “Barossa” was registered by mistake, due to a clerical error in transcription.
This ‘Liebfraumilk’ (Mother’s Milk) is a special limited release Shiraz to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the naming of the Barossa, and the rich winemaking heritage of this world famous wine region.
Our anniversary Shiraz is sourced from vineyards in Ebenezer (41%), Seppeltsfield (31%), Greenock (28%). It has been matured in 34% new French oak hogsheads, 10% new American oak barriques and the balance in 3 and 4 year old French oak hogsheads for 16 months sur lie, resulting in a rich, textured palate.
jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, June 2019. 95 points / 5 Stars
A full-bodied red with lots of dried-berry and spice character, as well as dust and terracotta. Medium body, soft and juicy tannins and a flavourful finish. Drink now.
April 2019, winefront.com.au, Mike Bennie, 92 points
A new wine from First Drop, produced to honour the naming of the Barrosa (sic) by Colonel William Light. It’s shiraz from varied parishes of the region, sees portions of new and old, French and American oak. To a vague formula for First Drop, but with fetching livery here. Dense, choc-berry, malt and salty liquorice imbued wine. Thick set, powerful, unctuous, rich and hedonistic in style. There’s a little lilt of green herb, a little black olive character, more of the saltiness and a faint brick dust kind of feel to tannin, a faint sense of maturity in youth. Punchy number, strong in its expression of shiraz, complex too. Good thing this – should set the bow-ties whirling on Barossa shiraz fans.
huonhooke.com, Huon Hooke, January 2019. Score: 92
Deep, dark red colour with subtle purple and black tinges. The bouquet has a lot of Barossa-style char-oak at first, while the palate is rich and fruit-sweet, ripe and charming with a touch of opulence. It's full-bodied and rich, concentrated and deep, with refreshing acidity and a long carry