THE searing heat has taken its toll on the tomatoes which were right at the top of the plants and closest to the sun.
While those with protection from greenery and shade cloth have fared much better, the outsiders have a nasty case of sunburn which makes it look a little like the gorgeous red spheres have bald patches.
So the insiders are the ones we are slicing, topping with fresh basil and drizzling with olive oil, while the ugly ones are still basiled, but oiled and peppered and thrust in the oven to roast until they blister even more.
The smell in the kitchen is kind of sticky, sweet and summery and when they’re roughly chopped they make a lazy sauce for pasta or gnocchi.
Crumble some goats cheese on top and it’s a treat – especially with a glass of Pfeiffer Wines Riesling.
This wine has a vibrant and fruity bouquet packed with summery charm and punchy citrus fruit.
That citrus appeal continues in the zingy flavour, lush with lime, long lasting and eventually coming to a crisp, mineral end.
It’s one to enjoy with a picnic on the banks of Sunday Creek when you visit the cellar door in Wahgunyah, or when you picnic at home using up all the dodgy produce you’ve grown yourself.
Tomatoes and basil are really only at the best at the height of summer – so it’s lucky this Riesling is tops all year around.
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