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Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH ANITA McPHER­SON

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.

Taste the lat­est edi­tion and the full range at the cel­lar door in Mi­lawa, or go to www.


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