First Drop Masterclass @ Tippler & Co. 15th July 2021


Matt ‘Gantos’ Gant and John ‘JR’ Retsas make wines to drink rather than pontificate upon. John is in town to host this First Drop Masterclass.

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I am quite excited to announce this First Drop Masterclass. I’ve been a fan of their wines for a while now, and I am happy to share the wines with you.

In 2004 First Drop came into being. Two friends, Matt ‘Gantos’ Gant and John ‘JR’ Retsas, make wines to drink, rather than pontificate upon. Their base is the ‘Home of the Brave’ in the Barossa. The style here is silky, textural, drinkable wines with a hint of funk and a lot of interest. They source fruit vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Barossa and offer a diversity of styles.

Hear John chat to me about First Drop on the wine show in 2020:

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John Retsas the winemaker will be in town to show off just how good his wines are in this First Drop Masterclass. We’re looking at 9 of his wines including some of the flagship Shiraz.

The lineup for the First Drop Masterclass will include:

2021Endless Summer Pinot Grigio
2021 Vivo Arneis
2018 Mere & Fils Chardonnay

2020 The Matador Garnacha
2012 Forza Nebbiolo
2015 Minchia Montepulciano

First Drop The Matador Garnacha Barossa Valley 2017

2020 Mother’s Milk Shiraz
2015 Cold Sweat Moculta – Single vineyard, Eden Valley fruit.
2016 The Cream Shiraz Barossa Valley – The very best barrels of Shiraz they make each year.

First Drop 2% Shiraz Barossa Valley 2016

Tippler & Co will host us and provide some tasty bites for this First Drop Masterclass. The food here is lovely and I highly recommend hanging around for dinner too you can book here.

First Drop Nacional Mclaren Vale Touriga Nacional 2017


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