WINE TALK WITH ANITA
IT’S really hard to believe the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout has been going since 1974.
I’m relieved to say it was before my time, but I’m sure my parents and their friends were among those who caught the red rattler or cruised up in the Kingswood to spend a boozy weekend in wine country.
And while I thought it might have started modestly, even in 1974 the popular festival attracted 10,000 people who probably visited many of the wineries still operating there today.
It just goes to show having fun never goes out of fashion, and with record-breaking crowds exceeding 15,000 this year, this is a party to end all parties keeping generations entertained.
The range of wine varieties on offer is one thing that certainly has changed and it’s nice to enjoy a slick Sangiovese among the more familiar Rutherglen reds.
Rutherglen Estates version of the popular Italian varietal has a vibrant cherry aroma bouncing up from the deep ruby drop, enhanced by a background of savoury oak.
It has a juicy and generous mouthfeel filled with red cherry and berry fruits and some really nice, earthy cedar on the way to the dry finish.
The food-friendly variety continues to be an ideal choice for red lovers with a hearty appetite, this one pairing well with everything from antipasto and pizza, to roast lamb and a mixed grill.
Now that’s what I call a wine for every taste and generation.
Try it at the cellar door in Rutherglen or go to www. rutherglenestates.com.au.