It’s bed time. I am in Australia, and veeery sleepy so will keep it short. Today has been spent (in torrential rain – don’t feel jealous) on the Mornington Peninsula nearish Melbourne. It’s a calm, green jut of land, all leafy curves, golf courses, lush gardens, kangaroos and sea views, where they make quite spectacular chardonnay and pinot noir. But this is not exactly budget stuff and I am still feeling quite faint about the amount of my own cash I managed to spend on Sunday on lunch, drinks, repairs to two pairs of shoes (not sorting out resoling and reheeling before flying was a painful mistake given the strength of the Australian dollar against the pound) and a jetlag-defying “vigorous Thai massage” (surely if you see a sign like this you have to check it out….)
So, given that if the jetlag doesn’t keep me awake, the Bank Balance Fear will, and given that there is every chance I will not be the only one on a financial diet, I am not recommending Australian boutique wines today, I am recommending a great Corbieres I tried from Majestic before flying out here because a) it’s delicious b) it’s only a fiver and c) they’re not reordering this wine so it’s a buy it while you can job.
And the details are:
Chateau Mont Milan Corbieres 2010 France (£4.99 down from £6.99 when you buy two, Majestic)
Taste: Dried thyme and fig roll, clouds of rustic perfume, old leather walking boots caked with dried mud, mulberries, pine needles.
Eat with: Sausage and mash; slow-cooked meaty casseroles.
I’ll return to Oz another time….