WHEN our last lot of young cattle were loaded on the truck and taken away to market I was sad to see them go.
It doesn’t matter how business-like one tries to be about these things, if you care for your animals and enjoy watching them graze in the paddock, you can’t help but feel something for them.
We saw them born, admired how beautifully their mums looked after them and were there when they gained their independence, with some even developing quite distinct personalities.
But just as that circle comes to an end and they leave, the arrival of newborns divert your attention and makes you smile all over again.
So it’s chicken tonight because beef is going to be off the menu this week.
We enjoyed an old fashioned roast with a bottle of Rutherglen Estates Fiano. WITH ANITA McPHERSON
It has brightly golden colour and a warm aroma of stone fruit, nutty oak and a little honey.
It has a pleasant weight and smooth feel in the mouth, with flavours of apricot lifted by the zing of citrus and backed by more of that interesting nuttiness.
The variety hails from the Campania region of south west Italy and apparently goes all the way back to ancient Rome, although it seems to enjoy growing in Rutherglen too.
It’s the texture and warm fruitiness that makes it an ideal partner for the rich and buttery chicken flesh.
So glad the chickens are only required for their eggs.
Try the range at the cellar door in Rutherglen or go to www.rutherglenestates.com.au.