Buller Wines 2014 Heath­cote Shi­raz

Around $23

Alpine Observer - - Regional Extra -

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.

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