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FAT OF THE LAND SHIRAZ FROM A SINGLE VINEYARD IN SEPPELTSFIELD IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY
FAT OF THE LAND SHIRAZ FROM A SINGLE VINEYARD IN GREENOCK IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY
FAT OF THE LAND SHIRAZ FROM A SINGLE VINEYARD IN EBENEZER IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY
THE CREAM
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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.

2012 Barossa Valley Shiraz

Single Vineyard Location:  
52% Ebenezer
35% Greenock
13% Seppeltsfield

Oak Maturation: 20 months sur lie in
35% new French oak hogsheads
13% new American oak barriques

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.

 

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REVIEWS

JancisRobinson.com, August 2016, Julia Harding MW

First Drop, The Cream Shiraz 2012 Barossa Valley
Inky colour like elderberry juice. The aroma has a bit of everything from the Fat of the Land single-vineyard bottlings – spice, fruit sweetness and both dusty and herbal notes – just a touch minty. Rich, deep, mouth-filling fruit but with chocolate and savoury qualities too. Tannins are amazingly supple and the texture just caresses your mouth without coating it with any excess of tannin or oak. Fabulous expression of Barossa fruit, all rich but not aggressive. I personally prefer the style of the Seppeltsfield
Fat of the Land but this is impressive in purity of flavour and polish. (JH)

Score: 17.5

 

Wine Spectator, Vol. 11, No. 50, December 2012, ' Insider', Maryann Worobiec

First Drop The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
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.—M.W.

94 points

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

First Drop The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
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.

RATING 96

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winefront.com.au, July 2015, Mike Bennie.

First Drop The Cream Shiraz 2012
Big bottles, drive me out of my mind. How could I leave this behind. 

Little late onto these releases of the Super Premium Mega Wines of First Drop and the heavy-as-can-be bottles drew me to Spinal Tap’s treatise to posteriors. Big bottles. Or something like that.

This is shiraz from mostly Ebenezer with a large portion of Greenock and a touch of Seppeltsfield. Spends 20 months in oak, with American and French wood used.

Gosh, so inky, so rich, so sweet. It’s a creamy (!) flow of slippery, ripe, rich, dense fruit, set on waves of lush tannin and freshening acidity. Scents are into the young port zone, dried fruit, stewed berries, nougat, but the wine never feels out of control or overwhelming. Nectar. Sweet, sweet nectar. It’s over the top but there’s enough balance in the style. It’s going to thrill those looking for density and plushness and a full figure. Go on. Wink wink.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : JUL15
Drink : 2015 – 2025

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JancisRobinson.com, May 2014, Julia Harding.

The Cream Shiraz 2010 Barossa Valley
Black core. Ripe and still savoury minty dark fruited intensity. Plenty of oak in evidence but not overwhelming. This is dense and full but not overly sweet. Top-notch fruit, that tastes as if it has some Cab in it with a really structured overall impression. Generous, full of the love for life. And hardly showing any age.

SCORE 17.5

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HuonHooke.com, Huon Hooke, July 2013

2010 ‘The Cream’ Barossa Valley Shiraz
Deep, dark youthful red/purple colour; very good hue. Massively oaky. Coconut, vanilla, chocolate aromas and flavours. Very full-bodied and dense, thick and chewy in texture, with truck-loads of tannin and fruit-sweet opulence. Fruitcakey, big and ballsy with more structure than usual in this style of wine. A good example of a big style. Cellar it!

RATING 93

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

First Drop The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Vivid purple hue; the bouquet offers an intriguing blend of red and black fruits, hints of licorice and bitter chocolate, and a seasoning of charry oak; the palate is evenly balanced, fresh and vacillates between medium and full bodied in a most pleasant manner; long,
complex, juicy, focused and harmonious, the sum of the parts has come together to present a complete wine.

RATING 95

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The Wine Front, 30 June 2013, by Mike Bennie

First Drop Wines The Cream Shiraz 2010

Best barrels, best vineyards, best shiraz. The cream. Spends 24 months in 35% new French oak and 15% new US of A oak. Heavy bottle, fancy label, deep punt.

It’s monolithic in a way, but you let the wine go and sit back for the ride and there’s all kinds of pleasure here. Hedonism in richness of fruit, slurpiness of texture, concentration, groan of velvet tannins and lingering sweetness of fruit and shiny oak. Everything woven through itself, a seamless flow of thick, deep, dark red wine and lots to think over as you go. It’s not brutish, if anything you’d nearly say elegant. Like an immaculately chromed V8 engine. Would be keen to see what cellaring does to this wine too. Complex and controlled, big red wine done well.

RATING 93+

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2010 ‘The Cream’ Barossa Valley Shiraz
Opaque purple.  An explosive bouquet evokes dark fruit liqueur, potpourri, vanilla and Indian spices, with a smoky overtone. Deeply pitched blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show impressive power and energy, with allspice and cracked pepper nuances adding lift. Fine-grained tannins peek through on the long, floral-dominated finish, which refuses to let up. 93pts

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

The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 The Cream Shiraz is slightly mute with restrained aromas of black plums, black cherries and cedar over suggestions of mulberries and cinnamon toast. Full-bodied, taut and muscular in the mouth, it offers tons of black fruit and spice flavors that are well-poised and structured with a good backbone of bright acid and firm grainy tannins. It finishes long. Drink 2015 to 2025+. RATING 94+ points

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2009 ‘The Cream’ Barossa Valley Shiraz
Dark purple.  Oak-spiced aromas of blueberry, cherry-vanilla, smoky herbs and flowers.  Lush, supple and broad on the palate, offering sweet dark fruit flavors with liqueur-like depth and intensity.  Very rich but surprisingly lively, finishing with strong thrust and lingering dark berry and spice nuances.  This is still a baby but it shows serious potential. 92(+?)

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Gourmet Traveller WINE Aug/Sep 2012 - 'Top 100 New Releases', Huon Hooke, page 166

The Cream Shiraz Gourmet Traveller Review

2009 First Drop The Cream Shiraz, Barossa Valley
This is not quite the expected blockbuster, but is certainly generously proportioned. Some jammy overtones, plus fruitcake, chocolate, vanilla and super-ripe black fruits. Concentrated and long. Lusciously fruited and seductive.

5 STARS, 94 POINTS

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Wine Spectator, Vol. 8, No. 30, August 2012, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 4

The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009
Opulent, with a welcome savory note weaving through the ripe
cherry, red plum and black tea flavors. A glint of roasted meat and
sassafras adds complexity to the long finish. The tannins are wellabsorbed. Best from 2014 through 2019. From Australia.—H.S.

94 POINTS

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition, Hardie Grant Books, page 257

The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009
The First Drop team seem to be able to tread the delicate line of power and restraint, while maintaining life and freshness in impressively concentrated wines; The Cream is a testament to this, as the layers of dark fruits, roasted meats, tar, bramble and sizzling bacon fat are held in check by taut tannins and fine acidity; more than just clever winemaking leads to a long and harmonious finish.
RATING 96

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The Wine Front, April 2012, by Gary Walsh

First Drop Wines The Cream Shiraz 2009

As Anthony said to Cleopatra
As he opened a crate of ale:
Ooh I say

Raspberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, creamy oak, brown spices and a touch of earth. It’s big and intense, with a spread of mouth saturating fine grained tannin, toasty savoury oak and an almost liquorous and creamy Framboise character. Acidity is balanced and lends freshness – not shrill. It’s a big warm sweet berry/cherry pie of a wine, but has class and control. Those who seek (assuming sufficient funds) shall find happiness in the bottle.
RATING 94

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

The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009
A blend of 43% Seppeltsfield, 34% Ebenezer and 23% Greenock fruit, the 2009 The Cream Shiraz spent 24 months in 70% new French hogsheads, 10% new American barriques and 20% older oak. Deep purple-black colored, the nose is a little closed, offering very pure ripe blackberry and cassis notes with underlying pencil lead, earth, cedar and cumin seed hints plus a whiff of black truffles. Taut, muscular and densely packed with fruit on the full bodied palate, it has a medium to firm level of very fine tannins, crisp acid and a very long finish. Consider drinking it 2014 to 2024+.
RATING 93+

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012 Edition, Hardie Grant Books, page 253

The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008
An even more minimalist front label; a blend of the three vineyards ex barrel, 60% new French, 20% newAmerican, 20% not specified. Deep colour, of course; this is the most powerful of this quartet, withintense, savoury black fruits, and nowhere near ready to drink; the balance of all these wines,massive though they undoubtedly are, encourages cellaring except for the piece of tree bark.
RATING 95

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SA Life Magazine, 'Superstars', David Sly, July 2011, page 70

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Wine Spectator, July31, 2011, ' Recommended WInes from Australian
Harvey Steiman, page 57


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West Australian liftout 'Weekend West', Ray Jordan, June 25, 2011

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Wine Spectator, Vol. 7, No. 17, April 27, 2011, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 4

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2008 ‘The Cream’ Barossa Valley Shiraz
Opaque ruby. Dark cherry and blackcurrant on the nose, with complicating notes of violet, black cardamom and clove. Very rich but not at all heavy, offering broad dark fruit flavors and mounting tannins. Becomes chewier with air and picks up notes of black pepper and mocha. Finishes with good back-end cut. Quite unevolved right now and in need of at least a few years of bottle aging but this looks very promising. 91(+?)

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

2008 ‘The Cream’ Barossa Shiraz 
The 2008 Shiraz The Cream is exactly as the name suggests, representing the cream of the 2008 First Drop crops, the very best barrels of the vintage. This year the wine is composed of the following sub-regional proportions: 43% Seppeltsfield, 29% Ebenezer and 28% Greenock. The wine is aged for 24 months predominately in new French oak hogsheads with some American oak barriques. Very deep garnet-purple colored, this wine gives intense notes of crushed blueberries, blackberries, baking spices and cloves with some earthiness, a toasty undercurrent plus a whiff of violets. Tautly structured by firm fine tannins and razor sharp acid that cuts though the rich, full, fat berry flavors, this wine demonstrates great balance and leaves a very long cinnamon toast and berry laced finish. Drink it 2014 to 2022+. 95pts

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Australian Wine Review by Andrew Graham
'Barossa Shiraz - The Icons and Wannabes Tasting'



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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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Wine Spectator, May 31, 2009, Harvey Steiman


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eRobertParker.com, February 2009, Jay Miller


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The Adelaide Advertiser, October 29, 2008, - Indulge - 'Tasting Notes', Tony Love


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


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WBM100 Wine News and Reviews, August 2008, Tyson Stelzer, page 10


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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009 Edition, Hardie Grant Books', page 234


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West Weekend Magazine, July5, 2008, Tasting Notes - Shiraz', Ray Jordan, page 25


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Weekend Australian Magazine, June 7-8, 2008, 'Wine', Max Allen, page 45


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Wine Spectator, Vol. 4, No. 3, January 23, 2008, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 4

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