IN vineyards throughout the region, crews are immersed in the hard slog that is picking grapes by hand.
They are bending, sweating and snipping, filling buckets at a fast pace, although probably not fast enough as far as their supervisors are concerned, and hanging out for smoko to be called.
It’s not for the feint hearted and undoubtedly demanding work, but we must be thankful for small blessings, and at least this year the temperature hasn’t soared into the forties like it sometimes does.
Anyone who has worked hard in the summer heat knows nothing quenches the thirst like water, but once replenished and relaxed, nothing says summer quite like Sauvignon Blanc.
Feathertop prides itself on pro- ducing one which doesn’t slap you in the face with its pungency and is instead more delicate and restrained in its fruitfulness.
It has a fresh, lightly tropical aroma with a hint of gooseberry, which carries through to a balanced flavour profile with melon and lime.
It is delicious as a pre-dinner drink but also works well with a light lunch or dinner, whether it be alongside fried whiting or perhaps a warm Vietnamese chicken salad.
Try it while enjoying an alfresco lunch at Feathertop, where a little Panko fried calamari might just be on the menu.
I guess it something for a picker to look forward to when it’s all over.
Available from local outlets or visit www.feathertopwinery.com.au.