UNLIKE our neighbours in the north, east and west, we were lucky in our individual neck of the woods to be blessed with a little rain in August. It sometimes seems hard to imagine that we can be practically a stone’s throw away from each other, yet experience such very different weather conditions. Now all we need is a little sunshine this spring to warm up the ground and the grass will hopefully be up and verdant once again. A resident magpie starting piping up in the middle of August and I experienced by first swoop of the season way back then, letting me know another nest was under construction in the driveway. As annoying as it is, it’s also a reassuring signal that everything happens in seasonal cycles. I’m transitioning from the crock pot inside to the barbecue outside with a bottle of Pfeiffer Wines Merlot. The first thing you notice is the aroma, spicy and vibrant with red berry and cherry fruit and a hint of dried bay leaf. It’s a medium weight with more bright cherry fruit that’s enhanced and enveloped by earthy spice, which seems to make flavour linger. This is a food-friendly wine, delicious both with sticky lamb shanks, or with just seared cutlets hot off the grill. And it promises to only improve in the next 10 or so years, so enjoy now and put some away for later. You’ll be prepared whatever the season.
pfeifferwines.com.au | Price approx: $25