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Summer in Bendigo provokes memories of lazy afternoons sitting around one of the local pools, Saturdays chasing a cricket ball over dusty fields and late dinners after the sun has gone down – obviously enjoyed with a glass of wine. Writer: Ash Raeburn - Photographs: Anthony Webster

Axedale Reef, Sparkling Chardonnay NV. King Valley. Retail: $14 Members: $12.60. This lovely sparkling shows a fantastic, vibrant golden colour in the glass with a delicate, fine bead developing. Flavours zipping across the palate include nectarine, white peach and a touch of lemon zest, yet the wine remains crisp and fresh. With just the tiniest hint of sweetness to finish, this wine makes the perfect start to a celebratory evening.

Paul Jaboulet Aine, Parallele 45 Rose 2010. Cote Du Rhone, France. Retail: $22 Members: $19.80. This blend consists of predominantly Grenache and Cinsault with a small amount of Syrah. It has a delightful pale pink hue which accompanies a delicate, raspberry candy like aroma. A creamy palate is complemented with flavours of red berries with zippy acidity and spice. A great late afternoon drink that will also accompany fresh salads and grilled white meats.

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BgoMag Issue 25  
BgoMag Issue 25  

Bendigo Magazine Issue 25 - Summer 2011