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First Drop Half & Half Shiraz/Monastrell 2010

Other Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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    Bright violet color. Deeply pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, cola and licorice, with a spicy topnote. Picks up a smoky quality with air and offers powerful boysenberry and dark cherry qualities. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, sweet and penetrating finish. This wine drinks very nicely with some decanting.

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    First Drop, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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    First Drop is about passion. for life, fun and flavor!... a lifelong commitment to making wines with flavor and texture, and a splash of funk... eclectic varieties from unique vineyards in the great regions of the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale... wines to drink, not just appreciate... in short. Mother's Milk!

    Barossa Valley

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    Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

    The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

    Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

    Other Red Blends

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    VWB9780010_2010 Item# 118943