First Drop Wines
Whilst Julia Harding MW of Jancis Robinson's crack team may have been tasting First Drop wines for several years now - we've followed him since the very beginning of his vinous journey..It's been a long wait but finally these super smashable wines are being imported into the UK, albeit in small quantities. Don't hesitate! These wines are terrific!
'I’ve been tasting First Drop wines for several years now and each batch of new releases never fails to impress me in two respects. Firstly in terms of consistent wine quality and style – firmly Australian but with sensitive use of the accelerator and brake pedals to produce wines that are always full of flavour but never heavy or overdone, often with a respectful nod to Europe, occasionally with tongue in cheek. Whether the wines are rich and powerful or subtle and silky, the balance is always excellent, even when the wine comes in at 15% alcohol.
Secondly in the motley crew of quirky names and labels – individualism matching each wine but still with a shared identity thanks to their creators, from the ironic rioja-style netting round the Two Percent Shiraz (netting not shown in the image below) to the franglais on the Mère et Fils Chardonnay label (examples in the background info on the 2014 below). Their take on Portuguese and Italian varieties captures their essence and yet they still retain the First Drop family feel.' – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com. August 2016
Conceived by two friends, Matt ‘Gantos’ Gant and John ‘JR’ Retsas, with a desire to make wines to drink, not just appreciate. Mother’s Milk! Based at the ‘Home of the Brave’ in the Barossa, First Drop is making wines with flavour, texture and a splash of funk; from fruit sourced from unique vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Barossa to bring you a diverse, deliciously exciting and thought provoking line up of flavours.
Matt Gant is an Englishman, who began his vinous journey back in 1995 when his wine-fanatical Geography lecturer contrived a two-week ‑field trip to Burgundy and Champagne, with amazing tastings every day. Inspired and intrigued by the world of wine, Matt then landed a vintage job in New Zealand and set off to learn more about wine, discovering an all-consuming passion. Other vintages followed in Spain, Italy, Portugal, the US and Australia. It was here that Matt quickly developed a reputation, winning the Wine Society’s ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’ Award in 2004 as winemaker at St Hallett, and taking out the v-know ‘Young Gun of Wine’ Award for First Drop in 2007.
John Retsas is a man on a mission with a passion for wine and life, a mission that began growing up in Ceduna, South Australia. With European parents, wine was served at the table with every meal.These dodgy homemade reds were often McLaren Vale Grenache fermented in an old bathtub, or even an 8ft ‑fibreglass dingy. These early memories have fuelled John’s love of wine, and the dodgy reds have made way for top-notch product. His passion for good wine is matched only by his love of great food. Always entertaining and experimenting, John’s a dab hand in the kitchen, and makes all sorts of lip-smacking gear including ‘small goods’(prosciutto, salamis), olive oils, tomato sauces and freshly-caught seafood.