AT the risk of sounding like a scrooge, it seems to me that Christmas might come but once a year, but it seems to run for months. It began with decorations on shop shelves in October, plum puddings in supermarkets in November and jingle bells featuring on nearly every television ad break. Then there were programs suggesting what we could serve up on Christmas Day, before the horses had bolted from the gates on Cup Day. It’s no wonder the season can leave many of us feeling a perpetual sense of panic, like the clock is ticking and we’ll never catch up. I’m not the least bit prepared but I know Rosé is likely to be on the table and in the odd gift bag because it’s so well suited to seasonal fare. Stanton & Killeen Rosé is delightful; with a lightly spicy, savoury aroma that offers the promise of strawberry. It’s made from the Portuguese grape varieties Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cao, and has an unexpected richness and complexity in flavour which belies its pretty colour. There are ripe, red cherry and berry fruits, and a pleasant softness and weight on the palate. It’s also nicely balanced, leading you towards the sweet but then signing off with a food-friendly, savoury flourish. Try it with duck or turkey, but it’s also mighty fine with seared kangaroo fillet. I now have one important item ticked off the Christmas list. Visit the cellar door in Rutherglen or go to www.stantonandkilleenwines.com.au.