2013 First Drop 'The Matador' Garnacha
The Matador Garnacha (AKA Grenache) is a textural expression of the grape that strikes the perfect balance of elegance and rusticity. It has a bright nose of cherry and wild strawberry that comes through on the palate and then morphs into spicy, rustic raspberry on the finish. This wine WAY overdelivers for its price point and is a great example of why the Grenache grape is going through such a revival right now — once you taste it you'll know what we mean. Lots going on and top-notch value that we don't see every day. Added bonus?? Fun to taste a wine with a little bottle age on it to show off its development.
There are some wines which are made to be puzzled over, savored, and discussed… and there are those wines which are made to be drunk, enjoyed, and shared. First Drop Wines, one of Barossa’s most talked-about and rapidly rising wineries, deals very much so with the latter. That’s not to say that the wines made by best friends Matt ‘Gantos’ Gant and John ‘JR’ Retsas lacks refinement or subtlety - far from it, in fact. First Drop proves that Australian wines really are at their best when they straddle the worlds of sophistication and drinkability, and reveal heaps of flavor, aroma, and expression without leaving you feeling confused. How do they manage it? Well, Matt and John spend their time seeking out the best grapes grown in some of Australia’s most unique vineyards, and make their wines with a no-nonsense, unpretentious, and back-to-basics approach that hits the spot every time.