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First Drop Wines The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz

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First Drop Wines The Cream Barossa Valley Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
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.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2009 Vintage) says
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.
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, Aug/Sep 2012
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
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.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
96
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
An even more minimalist front label than the Fat of the Land wines; a blend of the three vineyards ex barrel, 60% new French, 20% new American, 20% not specified. Deep colour, of course; this is the most powerful of this quartet, with intense, 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.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
95
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The best barrels selected for honey-like, smooth, complete texture in the mouth here. It's still a little oak-dusty in the glass, with some tarry notes and a more tightly held set of tar, and black fruit aromas on show. It's all about texture, though, and there's an added richness and weight through the palate, more stuffing yet still measured and balanced. A long, tubular finish with lingering tannin presence. Immense and superb.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
More is more, and in this case handled with great care; the fruit is actually fleshier and more restrained than the three single-vineyard wines; and while there is plenty of oak, it is barely noticeable with the lavish level of fruit; the tannins also take a back seat, but they are ample and very fine; in the end the wine is incredibly powerful but beautifully balanced
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Incredibly dense fruit, and the first wine to show evidence of oak; the fruit beneath is seriously attractive; essency blackberries with brightness at the core; the alcohol is more prominent, but as the wine integrates over time this should reward.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95

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