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2012 Shiraz
From a Single Vineyard
in Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley

The Barossa is an amazing place with a diverse history from which a great community has grown living off the Fat of the Land. Famed for its Shiraz vineyards, some dating back to the 19th century, the wines from this small, but proud region are as unique and divergent as its history and community. One can make such varied expressions of Shiraz, due to the different meso-climates of district, the elevation range, and the myriad of soil types that are to be found throughout the Barossa. The Fat of the Land series seeks to showcase the districts of the Barossa, and the contrasting styles of Shiraz that can be made here.

Single Vineyard Location: Ebenezer, Barossa Valley
Soil: Deep red clay
Elevation: 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.

 

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REVIEWS

JancisRobinson.com, August 2016, Julia Harding MW

First Drop, Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz 2012
Barossa Valley

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)

Score: 17

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Wine Spectator Insider, Maryann Worobiec, Vol. 11, No. 49 | Dec. 16, 2015

First Drop Shiraz Barossa Valley Fat Of The Land Single Vineyard Ebenezer 2012
Supple and generous, with toasted rye and sarsaparilla accents to the plush plum and licorice avors. Expressive and polished, this shows plenty of follow-through on the powerful nish. Drink now through 2024.β€”M.W..

93 POINTS

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Gourmet Traveller Wine, Oct/Nov 2015, 100 Top New Releases, Huon Hooke, p 152

Fat of the Land Ebenezer
Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
This is a whopper: a knife-and-fork wine. Its bouquet suggests smoky charcoal, cocoa and black plumbs, while the palate is dense and chewy, full-bodied and fleshy with a velvet texture, succulent fruit and mouth-coating tannins.

95 Points / 5 STARS

 

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

Fat of the Land Ebenezer
Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
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.

RATING 95

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www.jamessuckling.com, January 2015

FIRST DROP SHIRAZ BAROSSA VALLEY
FAT OF THE LAND EBENEZER 2012
A big, bold Ebenezer style that has a wealth of deep, dark-plum, blackberry and chocolate fruit on offer. The oak is brash and spicy and there's a distinct espresso edge. The palate has a thick tannin presence, being really soft and saturated and delivering mocha-infused, black-fruit flavors in spades. Very approachable. Will carry a decade or more.

Score: 93 Points

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

First Drop Fat Of The Land Ebenezer Shiraz 2012
Damage destructor, crowd disrupter
Youth corrupter, everytimer
Yeah, damage destructor, crowd disrupter
Mainliner, everytimer

Taste me, taste me
Succumb to me, succumb to me
Taste me, taste me
Succumb to me, succumb to me

Ebenezer shiraz from a single vineyard.

Even, smooth, rich flow. Smells of dark berry fruits, mocha, rich mahogany, char, toast. It’s a heady, dense scent, but well done. Fills the palate to every crevasse with rich, ripe, dense fruit flavours. Mops up the oak and takes the palate on a concentrated, dried fruit and spice, liquified Xmas pudding ride. Long in flavour, fine, supple tannins lending structure, finishes with a lick of sweetness and some mouth-coating comfort. Generous and full, done well.

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

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JancisRobinson.com, May 2014, Julia Harding.

Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz 2010 Barossa Valley
Much more subtle on the nose than the Seppeltsfield. More peppery too. Still lashings of pure dark fruit but there's elegance here too, even with all that sweet dark fruit on the mid palate. Soft, long finish with the fruit sweetness kicking in on the finish.

SCORE 17

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WBM, Mike Bennie, December 2013 / January 2014

First Drop Barossa Valley
Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz 2010
An impressive wine for power, grace and concentration yet an uncanny freshness. Boom. It's a big wine but so easy to drink and yet shows amazing complexity and intensity in tow. So much to like here, especially in terms of verity to region. Good on ya.

RATING 95

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HuonHooke.com, Huon Hooke, July 2013

First Drop Fat of the Land (Ebenezer) Shiraz 2010
Deep red, slight purple tint. Smoky charred-oak aroma dominates. Chaffy, too. Intense, lively palate with chocolate, vanilla and smoky/char-oak flavours strongly in evidence. The char character turns slightly bitter on the aftertaste, but the concentration and high-glycerol mouth-feel more than compensate. Strong follow-through. This is a very big, opulent shiraz, a luxurious wine of great richness, softness and character.

RATING 94

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

Fat of the Land Ebenezer
Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Deeply concentrated colour, and deeply brooding character, with layers of black fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate and a rustic note that is noticeable on the bouquet; on entry the fruit is prominent, then the oak takes over, followed closely by prodigious tannins; big-boned and hefty, with vibrancy holding everything together.

RATING 93

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2010 First Drop Wines Fat of the Land Shiraz Ebenezer
Saturated ruby. Singed cherry, cassis and blackberry aromas are pungent and impressively expansive. Intense, spicy and plush, with deep dark fruit compote flavors, supple texture and serious back end power. Explodes on the finish, with intense blackcurrant and cola tones and outstanding persistence. By all means give this wine some bottle age. 92pts

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

2010 ‘Fat of the Land’ Ebenezer Shiraz
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz exudes blackberry tart, crushed black currants and dried mint aromas with an undercurrent of forest floor, cedar and lavender. Full-bodied and tightly-knit with a crisp acid line and firm, rounded tannins it is finishing long and layered. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+. 95+points

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2009 First Drop Wines Fat of the Land Shiraz Ebenezer
Opaque purple.  Ripe boysenberry and cassis on the nose, plus a pungent violet nuance.  Lush, creamy dark berry flavors show serious depth but are lifted by bright mineral and floral pastille notes.  Exotic spice and floral pastille notes come up on the finish, which is seductively sweet and very long. 93pts

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The Age / Sydney Morning Herald 'Good Wine Guide 2013', Nick Stock, page 303

2009 First Drop Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz

Ah, those Ebenezer soils are working magic here again, showing plenty of toasty (100% new French) oak mocha and spice on the nose, framing a deeply concentrated black fruit core. The palate has a supple, juicy and decidedly soft-centred texture to it, with plenty of black fruits, cherry, plum and chocolate - the essence of its place. Tannins are hidden in all the flesh. Don't underestimate the ability to age here.

Score 96

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

Fat of the Land Ebenezer Gourmet Traveller Wine Review

2009 First Drop Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz
Barossa Valley

A big, chocolatly wine with smoky char-grilled vegetable notes and a full-bodied, emphatic taste, which concludes with abundant, grainy, powdery tannins. Good length and an appealing aftertaste. Generous, if not particularly elegant.

5 STARS, 94 POINTS

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Wine Spectator, Vol. 8, No. 30, August 2012, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 1

Shiraz Barossa Valley Fat Of The Land Single Vineyard Ebenezer 2009
Dark and brooding, this red is dense with smoky, meaty black
cherry and dried tomato flavors, swirling smoothly through the
long, complex finish. Shows tremendous power, but less weight
than one would expect. Best from 2014 through 2019.—H.S.

92 POINTS

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

2009 Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
Deep garnet; a ripe dark and toasty bouquet of mulberry, bitter chocolate and liqueur-soaked plums; the palate is unctuous and fleshy, and while concentrated and hedonistic, maintains life and vitality; the long mocha finish frames the fruit amiably. RATING 95

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

2009 ‘Fat of the Land’ Ebenezer Shiraz
The 2009 Ebenezer Shiraz was aged in 100% new French oak for 24 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is scented of warm plums, dried mulberries and violets with a meaty / gamey undercurrent and a hint of damp loam. Full bodied and opulently fruited in the mouth, the richness is well balanced by crisp acidity and a medium to firm level of rich, velvety tannins. The finish is long and earthy. Drink this one 2013 to 2021+. 91pts

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Wine Front, March 30 2012, by Campbell Mattinson

2009 ‘FAT OF THE LAND’ EBENEZER SHIRAZ
The accompanying presser refers to Ebenzer as the slurp factory of the Barossa, producing soft, textural, luxuriant wines. That pretty much sums up this wine.

It's all about the fruit. The flood of it. The loll across your tongue. The dark chocolate and coal, blackberry and mocha. It's soft, cuddly, sure. It has all the intensity you could wish for - and is ready to roll now. 93pts

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Good Wine Guide 2012, by Nick Stock, page 304.

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

2008 Fat of the Land Ebenezer Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
Deep red-purple; spent 24 months in 100% new French hogsheads on fine lees; the bouquet is veryexpressive with savoury blackberry aromas intertwined with the oak, the intense, full-bodied palateproviding more of the same. The cellaring recommendation of 5-8 years must have been the result of cork closures, in each case of high quality and perfectly inserted. RATING 95

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2008 ‘Fat of the Land’ Ebenezer Shiraz
Bright purple. Far more expressive on the nose than the Ebenezer version, offering sexy dark berry preserve, potpourri and sandalwood aromas, with a slow-building note of smoky Moroccan spices. Quite exotic in the mouth, displaying sweet boysenberry and blackberry flavors and a lush, seamless texture. Finishes with solid punch and gentle tannic bite; this is surprisingly approachable but has the depth to age. 92pts

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

2008 ‘Fat of the Land’ Ebenezer Shiraz 
Aged 24 months in new French oak, the 2008 The Ebenezer Shiraz gives a very deep garnet-purple color and intense crushed blackberry and blueberry notes with some dark chocolate, licorice and a touch of mocha. The palate is very rich and densely packed with opulent ripe fruit supported by medium-firm fine grained tannins and crisp acid. With a long finish, this is classic top quality Barossa. It’s approachable now with lots of tempting primary fruit and ripe tannins, though complex layers should begin to develop with a further 3-4 years in bottles, cellaring through 2020. 92pts

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SA Life Magazine, May 2010, David Sly, page 90


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Jetstar Inflight 'Rich Pickings', Roberta Muir/Nick Stock, March 2010, page 13


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Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 Edition, page 300


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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition, Hardie Grant Books, page 241


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WINE 100, July 2009, Nick Stock, page 12


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eRobertParker.com, February 2009, Jay Miller


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The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009, Nick Stock


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


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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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Wine Spectator, Vol. 4, No. 3, January 23, 2008, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 1

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