We took a leisurely approach to driving to Rutherglen on Friday (past All Belly), leaving us plenty of time to explore the grounds of The Tuileries in the mellow afternoon light of this cold wintry end to August. Ella is addicted to her pink Micro scooter at the moment so she was impressed with being able to scooter around all the pathways circling the villas and the vineyards bordering the property.
I was entranced with the play of late afternoon light on the rows of heavily pruned vines around The Tuileries. Later, that night we found we were just as entranced with the wonderful Bobbie Burns Shiraz produced by Campbells (of Rutherglen), recently awarded a 5 star winery rating by James Halliday in his 2011 Wine Companion. James Halliday awarded the Bobbie Burns Shiraz a 93/100.
I was stoked to see that Campbells use a similar image of the winter pruned vines for their classy wine labels.Saturday morning dawned sunny but cold, a perfect start to a day in the country. We set off for Beechworth, about a half hour drive South-East of Rutherglen.