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2014 ‘Half & Half’ Shiraz Monastrell

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First Drop is a story of two friends with Old World roots in a New World of opportunity. The booze is crafted with a flair for creativity; a twist of innovation and a sensitivity for tradition. This approach is embodied in this wine, a 50:50 blend of Old and New. It’s full flavoured, with texture and a splash of funk. A wine to drink, not just appreciate. Bottoms up!

Tasting Note
2014 'Half & Half' Barossa Shiraz/Monastrell

Halliday Wine Companion 2017, James Halliday, page 262. Rating 90

From three vineyards, two in the Eden Valley, machine-picked, crushed and destemmed, both open and static fermenters used for wild fermentation, 12 days on skins, ferment finished in French hogsheads, matured for 15 months. A medium-bodied blend that does have vague Spanish overtones, particularly with its mouthfeel (monastrell is mourvedre, aka mataro). It is in drink-me-soon style, more applicable to lurid labels on the most expensive First Drop labels.

2014 'Half & Half' Barossa Shiraz/Monastrell

5 August 2016 by Julia Harding MW. Score: 16.5

Mid cherry red and on the light side for Barossa. This is really one of my favourite First Drop wines – such lovely complex but lively aromas of red cherry and spice and even a little floral, which I would not expect with either of these varieties. On the palate it is deliciously succulent, fragrant and mouth-watering with the flavours matching the aromas. Tannins are still a little tight now but no more than would disappear with food and give a restrained but definite structure in tandem with fresh acidity. Juicy, spicy sweet-cherry aftertaste and a long warming but not hot finish. A very clever blend. I’d love to taste this in five years. (JH)

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