Pairs Well With – Vegemite?

Small Gully Mr. Black's Concoction Barossa Valley Shiraz Voigner Australian Okay, so we don’t know that to be 100% accurate. But we do know that Small Gully’s Mr. Black’s Concoction is a quirky, tasty Shiraz out of Australia’s Barossa Valley.

Small Gully all started when a couple of vignerons, Robert Bader and Darren Zimmerman paired up with winemaker Stephen Black in 1999. In 2002 they built a winery on Darren’s Maranaga property, which happened to be located in a ‘small gully’ (get it?) on Roennfeldt Road, Greenock in the Barossa Valley. The Zimmerman family had been growing grapes since 1981, giving them beautifully mature vines to work with. Darren and Robert established low yielding Shiraz vineyards, creating super-premium grapes. For their other varietals, small amounts of Grenache, Mourvédre and Cabernet Sauvignon are carefully selected from neighboring vineyards.

The result? A delicious, premium Shiraz. A big wine, but contained by its superVegemite Jar jammy flavors. You’ll get cherries, berries and fruits (oh my!) but there is a balance that is hard to find in a Shiraz. Be warned- this is a high alcohol wine at 15.9%. But while you may feel the 15.9, you’re unlikely the taste it. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the creative labeling will make for a neat keepsake when the red is long gone. About the Vegemite- we’re not brave enough to try it but feel free to let us know how it goes.