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2012 Shiraz
From a Single Vineyard
in Seppeltsfield 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: Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley
Soil: Red clay over limestone
Elevation: 285m above sea level

A muscular brooding expression of Barossa Shiraz, it’s flavour packed with kirsch, dark chocolate and liquorice. This wine has been matured in 40% new French oak hogsheads for 20 months to further enhance its inherent structure. Built for aging not for speed, have another look at this sleeper in 10 to 15 years time.

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REVIEWS

JancisRobinson.com, August 2016, Julia Harding MW

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

First impression is dark fruited, lightly herbal and peppery – not herbaceous though, more like balsam. Does smell wonderfully dark and coal-like, as if the richness had been compressed down to a more solid substance, the way coal is compressed. Great depth without fat, rich and yet finishes fresh. Beautifully made to reveal the character of the fruit from this vineyard. Tannins are fine, compact and provide a perfect framework for the dark fruit. (JH)

Score: 18

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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 Seppeltsfield 2012

Bold, with toffee and nutmeg overtones to the core of dark, ripe plum and black cherry avors. Finishes with a mouthful of thick, velvety tannins and lingering spice details. Drink now through 2029.—M.W.

93 POINTS

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield
Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012
The bouquet suggests structured black fruits, and that is precisely what the palate delivers, although it is not a question of weight or body. This simply needs time for more fat to cover the bones.

RATING 94

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www.jamessuckling.com, January 2015

FIRST DROP SHIRAZ BAROSSA VALLEY
FAT OF THE LAND SEPPELTSFIELD 2012
A deep statement of bold shiraz with a big lick of spicy, smoky oak, plenty of creamed baking spices, grilled nuts and finally tarry elements that will grow large in time. The palate has impressive density and balance, really flowing through on supple, muscular, ripe tannins. Rich berry, dark-chocolate and citrus flavors abound. Really impressive, powerful, satisfying wine. Drink now or for a decade or more.

Score: 94 Points

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

First Drop Fat Of The Land Seppeltsfield Shiraz 2012
Fat Of The Land was one hell of a fine The Prodigy album. While the big commercial hits might be the dance floor-fillers ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ (that first person film clip was incredible too) and ‘Breathe’, I am much more a fan of the dirty, raw and driving ‘Diesel Power’, with its spat-out, Kool Keith lyrics, and the spacey-feeling breakbeat track ‘Narayan’, with Crispian Mills holding down the vocals. Each to their own. A very complete album from The Prodigy, right up there, for me, with Experience, for their best.

Rich scents of lathed wood, sandalwood, spice, dark fruits, plum and mocha. Dense bouquet. Leaner than expected palate with a good, fluid flow of dark fruit, earth, tobacco-and-spice wood. Some saltiness in the finish, but the main feel is of a concentrated wine with good length and some oak lending a hand. That saltiness builds with time, as does the richness. Has a decent feel for its power and presence in the glass. Char a steak and get stuck in.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : JUL15
Drink : 2016 – 2022

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JancisRobinson.com, May 2014, Julia Harding.

Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield Shiraz 2010 Barossa Valley
Ripe, dark, vanilla-laced dark-fruit intensity on the nose, then outrageously dark fruited on the palate, just a touch of mintiness; seems so youthful except that the tannins are both firm and rounded but they have a depth that adds length. Bags of fruit concentration.

SCORE 17

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Wine Front, November 16 2013, by Mike Bennie

First Drop Fat Of The Land Seppeltsfield Shiraz 2010
The 2010 vintage has shown more restrained versions of First Drop’s ‘super premium’ wines, but the boldest of the Fat Of The Land wines seems to be the Seppeltsfield from 2010. Spends 24 months in 50% new French oak. From a single vineyard. I reiterate, these wines seem to have an uncanny knack of showing more elegantly, seamlessly, somewhat lighter than their aroma and constitution suggests. Perhaps the weighty bottles come with a gravitas too.

Smells as if dense and super-charged; rich, dark cherry, then black currant, licorice, mocha, pencil shavings. Complex bouquet. It’s taut and concentrated in texture, framed with cedary oak, sinewy yet thick across the palate and finishes with trim, dusty tannins and a lick of fruit sweetness. It’s tough and powerful, but unwinds in the glass with time – a wine of layered, compact structure and etched framework of wood. This feels smart and serious, though at the bigger end of the spectrum – again, there’s an effortlessness in tow. 93points

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HuonHooke.com, Huon Hooke, July 2013

First Drop Fat of the Land (Seppeltsfield) Shiraz
Very deep, dark red/purple colour. Dense and chocolaty, deep plum aromas plus black berry and dark chocolate. Laced with char oak. Full-bodied and dense, concentrated, tannic and powerful. A gutsy, dense, oaky wine, but it manages to maintain its balance.

RATING 92

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition, Hardie Grant Books

Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield
Single Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Not surprisingly the colour is impenetrable and the lashings of black fruits also display an alluring scent of vine sap complexity; the palate is full blooded, yet shows refinement and integration of tannins, fruit and oak, with a staggeringly long, bright acid finish; the most complete of the triumvirate in '10; whilst impressive, remains light on its feet.

RATING 95

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2010 ‘Fat of the Land’ Seppeltsfield Shiraz
Dark purple. Aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry-cola, licorice and dark chocolate. Deeply pitched blackberry and blueberry flavors and sexy floral pastille and vanilla accents. Plush and seamless on the finish, which features smoke and cherry compote nuances. This open-knit wine should be enjoyable on the young side. 91pts

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2009 ‘Fat of the Land’ Seppeltsfield Shiraz
Inky purple. Explosive aromas of blackberry and boysenberry, with complicating notes of licorice and violet. Sappy, rich and structured, with compellingly rich dark fruit flavors and building tannins. This sweet, layered wine is slow to unfold. Shows serious power on the finish, which leaves notes of floral pastilles, vanilla and licorice behind. I'd let this primary wine rest for at least a few more years. 93(+?)pts

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The Age / Sydney Morning Herald 'Good Wine Guide 2013', Nick Stock, page 304

2009 First Drop Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield Shiraz

The most structured of the three Fat of the Land Shiraz wines made in 2009, this has a distinctly reserved attitude. Fruits sit in the plum and blueberry spectrum; there's some cassis here too, clove, cardamom, anise and licorice all adding complexity. The palate has a sleeve of ripe, nicely grained tannin buried in a dark plum, blackberry and licorice flavour - quite elemental still, best with some time. Very concentrated.

Score 96

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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 Seppeltsfield 2009
Rich and deep, this is a beautifully focused Shiraz that glides
rather than stomps, offering a cascade of cherry, blackberry, mint
and verbena flavors, with a hint of licorice as the finish lingers effortlessly. Drink now 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 Seppeltsfield Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
Impenetrable colour, and while dark and brooding in character, offers glimpses of vibrant fresh blackberry, vine sap and bitter chocolate; the palate is full-bodied and powerful, with a brightness and floral note that engages, and acidity that lingers evenly on the finish; power with restraint . 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’ Seppeltsfield Shiraz
The 2009 Seppeltsfield Shiraz was matured for 24 months in 45% new American oak barriques and 55% seasoned French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has aromas of creme de cassis, dried plums and kirsch with hints of tobacco, black tea and underbrush. Generously fruited and full bodied in the mouth, it has firm chewy tannins, crisp acid and a long, earthy finish. It’s approachable now but should drink best 2013 to 2023+.  91pts

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Wine Front, March 30 2012, by Campbell Mattinson

2009 ‘FAT OF THE LAND’ SEPPELTSFIELD SHIRAZ
24 months in American oak. From a vineyard in the Seppeltsfield sub-region. Bottled for 12 months prior to release. Density. Composure. Lots of milky, vanillin oak but it�s beautifully interwoven with the blackberried richness of the fruit. Exquisite tannin structure. Jubey sweetness/freshness gives it that bit extra. Almost boysenberried. Hard to fault and almost impossible not to like. Super. 94pts

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Gourmet Traveller Wine, October/November 2011, Huon Hooke, page 158

Gourmet Traveller Wine Review of Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield

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

2008 Fat of the Land Seppeltsfield Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA
Bright, deep purple-red; a major change in tune partly due to 24 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads; here dark chocolate notes swirl through the black cherry and plum fruit, the tannins ripe and round. The front labels of these three wines are virtually identical, and resolutely minimalist. RATING 94

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Wine Front, June 5 2011, by Mike Bennie

‘FAT OF THE LAND’ SEPPELTSFIELD SHIRAZ 2008

Matt Gant and John Retsas do Barossa well. Ipso, they have nailed down single vineyards to slot into their premium Fat Of The Land range to showcase the flex of Barossa sub-regions. Here is Seppeltsfield with a red clay over limestone soil profile and juice that snoozed in 30% brand new American oak barrels for 24 months. No shame in working the wine with Yank planks here – it just feels right.

The resulting wine is a brooding, almost muscular brew that conjures dark fruits, rose water, violets and sweet spice. Exotic without being foreign, slippery without being greased up. It’s a wine that shows an undercarriage of mocha flavoured, corduroy-textured tannin and fresh extract, suggesting this fat of the land is built for a spell in the cellar. But it seems a little lacking in oomph, surprisingly, as a young wine. Smells like you’re in for a buck-wild Shiraz ride but delivers a more even keeled, pastille freshness than suspected. And not a bad thing. Give it some time. 92+pts

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Wine Spectator, Vol. 7, No. 17, April 27, 2011, ' Insider', Harvey Steiman, page 2

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
by Josh Raynolds

2008 ‘Fat of the Land’ Seppeltsfield Shiraz
Opaque ruby. Captivating aromas of raspberry liqueur, spicecake, flowers and star anise. Creamy, silky and generous, but with strong juicy lift to the red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Shows excellent clarity and depth without excess weight. The gently tannic finish features a subtle smoky quality and lingering sweetness. 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’ Seppeltsfield Shiraz
According to co-winemakers Matt Gant and John Retsas, the Seppeltsfield Shiraz grown on clay and limestone soils tends to produce a more structured Shiraz. The 2008 Seppeltsfield Shiraz was aged for 24 months in 30% new American oak with the remainder being seasoned French. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it gives wonderfully fragrant warm black cherry, rose petal and violet scents over dark chocolate, violets, some bacon fat, game and touch of mincemeat. Very crisp, rich and tight knit in the mouth, it has a high level of grainy tannins and tons of fruit going long and savory / meaty in the finish. It’s a little too tight and firm to really enjoy now and will be best broached from 2013 to 2022+.  94pts

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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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eRobertParker.com, February 2009, Jay Miller


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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 233


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Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2008, www.matthewjukes.com

2005 First Drop ‘Fat of the land’ Seppeltsfield Shiraz:
'This wine is but one of Matt Gant's new range and for us it was the one that told the First Drop story the best (happily ever after etc). The Cream (his top red) is made from two vineyard sources - Ebenezer and Seppeltsfield. He also bottles these two vineyards separately and it is the Seppeltsfield cuvee that we immediately latched onto. The supple, pliable, layered, raisin and plum cake notes are simply delicious. He waves his wand like a beardy Harry Potter and the results are compelling even at this tender age. This cuvee might even rival some of the established greats given a few years. I will be glued to the action.'

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