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

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.

pfeif­fer­ | Price ap­prox: $25

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