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

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.stan­to­nand­killeen­

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