The weeks just seem to go faster… it’s WOTW time again and we’re off to the Barossa Valley for the Big Mo Shiraz 2011 in order to celebrate Australia day.
The Barossa Valley in South Australia needs little or no introduction and is widely regarded as Australia’s finest wine producing region. Many other regions may argue, and with good reason, but here in the UK we’ve embraced their bold, blockbuster reds wholeheartedly and for me, the Barossa stands at the top of the stack. It is home to some of the country’s biggest guns, Rockford, Elderton and Torbreck being three very fine examples.
Back in 2009 we worked on a new wine with our winemaking cobber Down Under, Steve Grimley. The idea was to capture the essence of the Barossa in the wine itself. From the premium grapes we sourced to ferment through to the name and the artwork for the label. We think we nailed it!
What came of our efforts was The Big Mo’ Barossa Valley Shiraz and it’s been lapped up by staff and customers alike. We’re now onto our third vintage but it’s as good as the day the first batch was bottled thanks to the great network of growers Steve has, and the care he takes when putting this special cuvee together.
It is dense, black fruit-laden with a rounded dark chocolate finish and makes an amazing partner to grilled meats, casseroles and stew or a well stacked cheeseboards. It’s also a very comforting tipple at this time of the year, when it’s either grey and miserable or freezing cold. So my tip to see you through these bluesy months is to cook up something hearty, pop the heating on and kick back with a glass of ‘Big Mo’.