WINE TALK

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with ANITA

OUR salami this year got off to a promis­ing start but fell over just be­fore the fin­ish line. It looked the part, smelt good and even felt right, but to­wards the end its fast and sud­den weight loss was a sign that some­thing had gone wrong. Not all was lost and thank­fully a small batch checked ear­lier proved in­ter­est­ing and quite tasty, if a lit­tle on the chewy side. I’m still not sure yet whether to try again, or whether it’s a sign to ‘stick to your knit­ting’ and make friends with peo­ple in the know so you can en­joy the fruits of some­one else’s labour. The char­cu­terie board ended up topped with good deli favourites and ac­com­pa­nied with a glass of Amulet Wines San­giovese Rosé. It has a light, quite orange am­ber colour and a savoury cherry bou­quet with some rose-like flo­rals, which hint at its dry style. The cherry flavour is en­hanced by a lit­tle oak spice, but it’s crisp and tight with re­fresh­ing min­eral acid­ity. Wine­maker Ben Clifton says the fruit for the Rosé is picked a lit­tle ear­lier than for mak­ing red wine, to cap­ture that acid­ity. It’s also a cool fer­ment to re­tain greater fruit char­ac­ter. This wine is food friendly and can be en­joyed lightly chilled with a lunch that in­volves some­one else’s char­cu­terie, roast pork or per­haps a pan fried duck breast. It’s good to have a Plan B. Visit the cel­lar door in Beech­worth where you can en­joy lunch on the week­ends or go to www.amuletvine­yard.com.au

Price approx: $25

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