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First Drop Half & Half Shiraz/Monastrell 750ml

First Drop Half & Half Shiraz/Monastrell 750ml

Region Australia
Appellation McLaren Vale

Type Red
Varietal Red Blend


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Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Garnet red with purple hues the bouquet is complex with a nose of cherry, violet, earth and spice aromas and hints of chocolate. The Palate is wide and textured with grainy tannins that supports cherry, earthy, savoury flavours and an explosion of spice - sumac, clove, Asian 5 spice, Szechuan pepper
Vineyard Notes Michael’s vineyard is just south of Rosedale in the south west of the Barossa – 300m above sea level on red brown clays with shale. Joel’s vineyard is in the east of the Barossa up at Wilton in Eden Valley – 550m above sea level on clay over ironstone and quartz.
Production Notes The fruit is crushed/destemed and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20- 25°C for 12 days on skins. The ferment is managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, flavour and tannin from the grapes. At the end of fermentation, it is rained/pressed, and transferred to 10% new French oak hogsheads, and the balance 3 and 4 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo MLF. Post MLF, sulphur dioxide is added, and the wines mature surlie for 15 months. Assemblage takes place at the end of this maturation period.
Winemaker Notes First Drop is a story of two friends with Old World roots in a New World of opportunity. The wine is crafted with a flair for creativity; a twist of innovation and a sensitivity for tradition. This approach is embodied in this wine, a 50:50 blend of Old and New. It's full flavoured, with texture and a splash of funk. A wine to drink, not just appreciate. Bottoms up!
Food Pairing Notes Pairs well with Cassoulet, lamb chops, stuffed tomatoes
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