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First Drop Mother's Milk Shiraz 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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  • JH90
14.5% ABV
  • JH93
  • RP90
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Not a sledgehammer style, this Barossa Shiraz is made for drinking! Soft, slurpy and textured it is balanced with good acidity, which refreshes the palate and makes you go back for a second / third glass. Sourced from 3 unique vineyards, it is fruit laden, savoury and dangerously easy to drink! It is matured for 15 months in 100% old French oak hogsheads to allow the fruit to express itself.

Garnet red with purple hues color

A complex nose of dark cherry and blackberry aromas with a hint of forest floor and spice.

Pa l a t e Vibrant dark cherry and blackberry with a hint of ‘wombat rolled in all spice' balanced with an even, textural palate with soft, supple tannins

Ce l l a r i n g Drink up, but also a 5-8 year proposition.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Matured in seasoned oak on yeast less for 15 months, the 2008 Mother’s Milk Shiraz displays a very deep garnet-purple color. The nose begins with a whiff of rubbery reduction giving way to warm blackberry, kirsch, tar and licorice aromas plus hints of nutmeg and coffee. Full-bodied with medium-firm fine grained tannins, very high acid and plenty of fleshy, spiced-up fruit, the finish is long. Drink it now to 2015.
JH 90
Australian Wine Companion
Healthy colour; in many ways traditional Barossa Valley style, with American/vanillan oak evident, the black fruits on the medium-bodied palate quite soft; restrained alcohol and extract make for a wine of some elegance.
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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.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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