Owned and operated by Englishman Jonathan Hesford and his Kiwi wife, Rachel Treloar. Rachel’s Maori and Cornish ancestry is reflected in their logo.
On 11 September 2001, they were living one block away from the World Trade Center. After seeing both planes crash into the buildings from a few hundred metres, they left their apartment with what they could carry. In the aftermath of that disaster, they lost their home, jobs and their right to live in the States.
The experience made them think about what really mattered in their life. They wanted a different environment for their children. They wanted to have more control over their direction and to spend our time working at something that truly motivates them. Enter wine…
‘Motus et bouche cousou’ means ‘Mum’s The Word’ in French. That’s because this wine contains more Mourvedre than is strictly permitted under the Cotes du Roussillon rules, but don’t tell anyone!
Mourvedre, with low yields at optimum maturity, gives wine an aroma of saddle-leather and tobacco. It is aged in American oak barrels to add some roundness and toasty complexity to the underlying wild berries and hint of mushroom.
The wild, animal character of the Mourvedre is a perfect match for game dishes. It goes very well with duck breast in a wine and chocolate sauce. Also great with venison steaks or stews. The tannin and acidity of the wine works a treat with birds like Pheasant and Guinea Fowl too. And if its cheese you’re after then go for Bleu d’Auvergne. Or why not give griddles red peppers, aubergines & courgettes doused in olive oil and sprinkled with thyme…