The Cream is blended at the optimum time from the best barrels from First Drop’s most prized vineyards to create the ultimate expression of Barossa Shiraz from the vintage.
A rich, textured, seamless wine that combines power and elegance. It’s seductive, with a pedigree that will see it mature for a further 10 to 15 years. Indulge now or reward yourself later.
Single Vineyard Location:
Oak Maturation: 20 months sur lie in
32% new French oak hogsheads
12% new American oak barriques
April 2019, winefront.com.au, Mike Bennie, 94 points
The combo of the single vineyard Fat Of The Land wines (I think)*, sees Greenock, Seppeltsfield and Ebenezer blended up in French and to a lesser extent American oak. Long oak maturation (20 months or so) too. The top of the First Drop tree.
Strong bouquet of ripe forest berries, char, sweet spice, vanilla, mocha. The palate is slippery and so very concentrated, dark fruit jostling with sweet spice and chocolate. There’s so much depth and concentration here but it doesn’t feel heavy, more pillowy and seriously slippery, a mass of molten fruit, oak and spice lava that stains everything in its path. Feels so seamless too. It’s such a rich wine as well. Balance is good here with barely a hair out of place, just a faint trill of sherbetty acidity to close. Impressive in its style.
*He's right - ed
HuonHooke.com, July 2018, Huon Hooke. Rating 96
Deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is alcohol-lifted and rich in dark chocolate and mocha, with some regional ironstone and metallic notes. The palate is concentrated and powerful, very intense and driving. A very full-bodied, dense, powerful shiraz, with amazing persistence and mouth-coating tannins. A massive, ripping shiraz.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2019 Edition. Rating 95
A deep, dark well of flavour. One sip and you sink into its inky depths. It tastes of cocoa and coffee, licorice and blackberry, a lift of raspberry and violet-like like character showing through the finish. Clearly it's at the (very) big end of town but the fruit is of monumental proportion and it somehow manages to feel tied down and neat.
RobertParker.com, November 2019, Joe Czerwinski. Rating 95
A blend of the best barrels in the cellar, First Drop's 2015 The Cream Shiraz lives up to its name, easily besting the single-vineyard offerings—at least on this day. It's 52% Ebenezer, 35% Greenock and 13% Seppeltsfield, offering a sexy array of dark fruit flavors, a touch of raspberry, and a plush but not overbearing coating of cedar and vanilla-tinged oak.
Wine Spectator, June 2018, Maryann Worobiec. 94 points
Rich, dark and dense, this expressive and generous red opens with smoke, sandalwood and black walnut aromas and a core of thick, fleshy black cherry, raspberry and plum flavors. Cinnamon, licorice and black tea grace notes emerge on the velvety and harmonious finish. Shows tremendous depth and polish. Drink now through 2028.
Wine Spectator, March 2016, Maryann Worobiec. 94 points
Elegant, round and supple, with creamy kirsch, blackberry and licorice flavors and details of smoke, black tea and forest floor. Balances complexity and effortlessness. Long finish. Drink now through 2026.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition. Rating 96
Generosity and complexity; black fruits have outstanding texture, structure, balance and - above all - length. One of those wines that manage to fill the mouth with flavour, but not palling with repeated sips, simply revealing more.