Let's clear up the 2% bit first. When we first tasted this in April 2010, we were told that it was a blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Albarino. Pretty funky, we thought, and extremely tasty. However, since this first tasting, the Albarino vines have been discovered to be Savignan, a rare grape variety used to make Vin Jaune in the Jura. Albarino / Savignan - the wine is still a cracker. That was the 2007 Vintage, now onto the 2010, the 2% this time around is Tempranillo, those First Drop boys really like to keep us guessing!!
The Shiraz is reserve wine from 3 different vineyards and you get an indication of the quality immediately on the nose. My tasting nose simply says "full on, stunning". Not much help really, but there it is. I did slightly better on the palate - "beautiful texture, intense with masses of dark fruit, spice, liqourice, fennel, bay, with a lifted coolness running through the wine". It has that winning combination of being rich yet elegant at the same time, with very fine tannins, good acidity and an enormous length of finish. Stunning.
SC Rating - EXCEPTIONAL (Mike)