In what has been a major coup for Barossa Valley winemaking, producer Atze’s Corner took on stiff competition to score not just one, but three major awards at the esteemed 2017 Australian Italian Varieties Wine Show in Griffith, New South Wales.
The 2015 Atze’s Corner ‘The Mob’ Montepulciano (RRP $29.99) won the revered ‘Australian Italian Varieties Wine Awards Champion of Show’ Trophy as well as the ‘Chief Judges Most Exciting Wine’ Trophy and the ‘Best Red Wine’ Trophy. Three incredible wins in a strong cast of quality Australian-made Italian varietal wines. The Australian Italian Varieties Wine Show is judged by a highly regarded panel of Australian wine experts including Chair Judge Sophie Otton and Panel Chairs Sue Hodder, Kevin Glastonbury and Andrew Thomas.
Known as ‘The Mob’, this wine nearly didn’t exist and arrived three years later than planned. 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. Three years of remedial vine tending and the result is in the bottle, named in honour of those pesky sheep.