The Mob: the wine that nearly didn’t exist and arrived three years later than planned. Let me explain. The Kalleske family have been Barossa Valley grape growers for five generations so they know the usual viticultural hazards only too well. They hadn’t counted on a mob of 150 hungry sheep who sneaked through a gap in a fence and feasted on the vines’ new shoots. Andy won’t confirm or deny if he feasted on the ringleader when he discovered what they’d been up to. I’d have been tempted! Three years of remedial vine tending and the result is in the bottle, named in honour of those pesky sheep.
Montepulciano hails from eastern Italy where it is famed for its deeply coloured reds with lively acidity and savoury tannins. Transplanted to the Barossa Valley these elements survive and the fruit characters seem that little bit more pronounced and vivid. The bouquet has exotic spices: cinnamon, cloves and toasted coffee oak. Fresh and focused the palate has dark berry fruit, that famed line of acidity and well judged tannin.
Imagine yourself in Venice or Naples, a perfect pizza or a bowl of pasta in front of you: The Mob is what you want to be drinking.
Phillip Reedman Master of Wine tasting Notes:
The Mob, Montepulciano 2015
Another of Andy’s inspired selection from the Italian vine catalogue: The Mob is a single vineyard Montepulciano from the Barossa Valley. Montepulciano, original from east of Italy has found a home from home in Atze’s vineyards. Deeply coloured, as we all love our Barossa reds to be, with brisk acidity and fine, savoury tannins and the grape’s characteristic cherry and bramble fruit. This is a red which is made to be enjoyed with umami-rich foods; think pizza Margherita and mushroom risotto. Drink now until 2020.
Awards…. So far!
★★★★☆ Best In Class Winestate Magazine New Release Special Edition 2016 – The Mob 2015 Montepulciano
Gold Medal 2016 WineWise Small Vigneron Awards – The Mob 2015 Montepulciano
Silver Medal 2016 Barossa Valley Wine Show – The Mob 2015 Montepulciano
Limited- 200 Dozen Bottles Made. 14.5% alcohol
Open Fermented – Hand Pump overs –Basket pressed – Hand plunged-10% Whole Bunch Ferment
Maturation – 18 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak Barrique Barrels.
- Serve at 16 degrees Celcius for optimal flavour
- Decant or open 30 minutes before serving to open up aromas and soften the tannins.