Sensational New Old Moppa
Old Moppa Road Barossa Valley Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Region:Barossa Valley, SA
Blending the varieties Shiraz and Cabernet has a long history in Australia or should I say South Australia and such blends appeal to us from taste, value for money, and by offering a wide range of variations to customers.
If you travel north from the Barossa, to say Kapunda or Clare, there is a fast road that runs up the centre of the Valley. Much more enjoyable is the dirt track of Old Moppa Road which winds its way past abandoned farm houses and historical old ironstone barns and sheds. At one point you pass the famous Penfolds Cabernet vineyard Block 42 which was planted back in 1882. Some of the all time great Australian wines have come from that block.
There are Barossa Cabernet plantings dating back to the 1890s though Cabernet fruit only became plentiful in the 1980s. By then numerous other new regions were producing other Cabernet styles and while these are exciting I believe they have pushed Barossa Cabernet, which is a warmer style, off to the side. This means wines like the old Moppa offer very great value and will reward the experienced drinker.