Cold Sweat Craneford Syrah 2015
94 points, “This is really excellent with wet-earth, tobacco, tomato-paste, plum and spicy-chocolate aromas and flavours.” – James Suckling
94 points, “Radically different to the Fat of the Land wines. Here, much more focused on texture […] Red and black fruits magically cool the mouth.” – James Halliday
This is the kind of wine that makes you wake up in a cold sweat, because you’ll suddenly panic that you didn’t fill the cellar with enough of it.
Cold Sweat is a series of three Syrahs from the 2015 vintage, exploring the unique terroir of cool-climate Eden Valley. Together they’ve been described as a “fascinating trilogy of single-vineyard wines” by the expert critics at JancisRobinson.com.
The winemakers, Matt and John, sourced the grapes for this one from their mate Chris in Craneford. It has something a little Rhône-like about it, maybe that’s why First Drop opted to call these wines Syrah rather than Shiraz, which is more common in Aussie parlance. Mint, lavender, black pepper, leather, chocolate-covered prunes, summer berry fruits, spice and a cool breeze seem to drift though this one. Cold Sweat Craneford is likely to be one of the most popular in the triumvirate because of that striking metal label. So, don’t miss out.
Set up by Essex boy Matt Gant and South Australian John Retsas (the latter taking sole ownership of the company in June 2021), First Drop is part winery and part frivolous merrymaking in a ginormous warehouse abandoned by Penfolds. The brand crafts grapes grown by their friends into fun-loving and easy-going wines with remarkable distinction and texture. They also do this without using animal products in the fining process, making the entire range vegan friendly.
£5 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3598304
Style No.: 859192
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