Mother's Ruin is First Drop's take on luncheon Claret, although anyone familiar with the oeuvre of the FD team will know not to expect anything thin, lean and stalky. This is simply excellent McLaren Vale fruit, picked a little early for a twist of earthy elegance. It's a real success too, with classic pure cassis flavours, bay leaf, tobacco and nettle tea, all nestled perfectly into a fine grained structure with fresh acidity and good length. Well worth holding onto this for a special occasion sometime over the next ten years.
SC Rating - OUTSTANDING (Dan)