Buller Wines 2014 Heathcote Shiraz
IN many ways there is not a lot to like about getting really old.
Most of us have experienced the difficulties associated with a loved one who is in gradual decline and coming to terms with needing greater care, perhaps reluctantly relocating to a new home.
There were difficult times when my own grandmother made the transition from home, to a retirement village and then later to a nursing home, but at 103 she is settled again.
That wonderful woman has always been inspiring and incredibly resilient and if there is a bright side, it’s that she’s safe, well and not really aware of the age she is.
She always swore by keeping active, staying trim, and enjoying simple things like home cooking and a little wine - but always with food.
She’d have approved of the Buller Wines Heathcote Shiraz, which is certainly a crowd pleaser.
The wine had a deep, opaque red colour and a quite intense aroma of ripe plum, blackberry, with the spice of black pepper.
It has good weight and a smooth texture in the mouth with rich flavours of ripe, dark berry fruit enhanced by some toasty spice.
It’s great with a wedge of vintage cheddar but would also be ideal with rare beef, its fruitiness a good foil for the rich meat.
At Nan’s age anything goes, and not even the doctors worry about moderation any more.
If only that applied to those nearly half her age.
Try it at the cellar door in Rutherglen or go to www.bullerwines.com.au.