Single Vineyard Location
Ebenezer, Barossa Valley
Deep red clay
296m above sea level
A soft textured expression of Shiraz from the slurp factory of the Barossa. Brimming with luscious dark berry fruits, this wine has been matured in 40% new French oak hogsheads for 20 months sur lie to further enhance its texture. A wine for hedonists, so enjoy it now, or in 10 to 15 years time if you have a puritanical streak.
August 2018, winefront.com.au, Mike Bennie, 93 points
A series of three wines from First Drop celebrating single vineyards in the Barossa, and heavy bottles that contain shiraz wine. I’ve always been impressed by the ‘Fat Of The Land’ range for finding balance in bolder expressions. No slouch here. Lush, smooth, supple roll of brooding dark fruit. The Imperial March. Flood of prune and plum, chocolate, warm woody spices, thick and palate staining but with a lift of tangy acidity keeping things in check. Finishes long and with a good chew of chalky tannins. It’s an impressive wine, deep and long, thick and potent, but holds its own well. Should cellar well it feels here.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019 Edition, page 248. Rating: 95
Thoroughly seductive. It's saturated with dark berried flavour but it melts in your mouth. It tastes of milk chocolate and blackberries, earth and sweet plums, a peppermint character hovering thereabouts. There's tannin here, and ground coffee notes, and alcohol warmth, but it all feels cuddly, it all draws you in.
jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, July 2017
The nose is captivating here, offering up aromas of forest fruits, blueberries, sour cherries and a hint of walnut shell. Full body, structured and juicy tannins and a long finish. Everything is in balance and nothing’s overdone.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition, Hardie Grant Books. Rating 95
All four of the '12 First Drop subregion shirazs are of similar deep colour, and all have perfect corks, perfectly inserted. Choc-mint characters come through strongly on the bouquet, and the palate stays closely aligned to those characters; foresty tannins keep its line intact.
JancisRobinson.com, August 2016, Julia Harding MW. Score 17
Blackberry and blueberry fruit aromas with a light note of mocha and woody spice – from the aroma, I might have thought there was a small percentage of stems in here but apparently not. The oak influence is present but not intrusive. Incredibly smooth, like chocolate melting in your mouth, though the fruit flavours are fresh and bright. Seductive and yet fresh. Thick, smooth and long. Perhaps a little too one-dimensional for greatness but I am sure it will get more complex as it ages. Just a bit of heat on the finish but no burn. (JH)
Gourmet Traveller Wine, Oct/Nov 2015, 100 Top New Releases, Huon Hooke, p 152. 95 Points / *****
This is a whopper: a knife-and-fork wine. Its bouquet suggests smoky charcoal, cocoa and black plums, while the palate is dense and chewy, full-bodied and fleshy with a velvet texture, succulent fruit and mouth-coating tannins.