WINE TALK WITH ANITA
IT has been many years now since I experienced the daily commute of travelling from the outskirts of Melbourne to the inner city suburbs and back again.
Even in those days the 20 odd kilometres took an hour or more to negotiate in what was a pressure-cooker environment; something which has become even more stressful today.
I don’t miss it for a moment, because even though I now cover many more kilometres, the only road hazards tend to be a wayward cow.
But driving home in the rain can certainly be a challenge and after last week’s deluge, even getting up the driveway required four-wheel-drive and fins.
I was glad to get inside, sit down and relax with a bottle of Brown Brothers Durif.
This one from the rack is made from fruit grown at Brown Brothers Heathcote vineyard on the Mount Carmel range in Central Victoria.
After fermentation, a small parcel of the wine spent 12 months in new oak while the majority rested in older American oak.
The resulting wine is darkly opaque with a violet-tinged edge and the heady aroma of spicy blackberry fruit and tobacco.
The flavour is deliciously complex; fruit-filled with berry and plum which is underpinned with the savouriness and bite from the oak.
It was thoroughly enjoyable with a big wedge of vintage tasty balanced on chunk of crusty baguette, which made
the power going out a blessing in disguise.
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