We have four dogs at the farm; two Chihuahuas (crossed with something or other), a Kelpie and a Border Collie.The kelpie is a little special, she’s not much of a sheepdog. More of an oversized lapdog. We took her to a neighbour a while back (a professional sheepdog trainer) for some instruction. The brown chihuahua came as well, he goes everywhere … We should have called him Shadow. His professional opinion; “forget the Kelpie and concentrate on the little brown thing”.
The Border Collie is a bit of a wussy working dog compared to the others he hangs out with at the pub (he still sleeps inside at night). But, trying to move sheep without him triples the amount of people you need and doubles the amount of time. He works harder, he works longer, he doesn’t get overtime, he doesn’t get penalty rates and he doesn’t need workers’ compensation.
Moreover, he’s happier when he’s working than when Xanth and I are doing ‘boring stuff’ in the winery and all he can do is sleep on the deck and look miserable.
Anyone around here with sheep or cattle will have their own Shepherd.
This wine is the ode to our four.
We asked a friend of ours, a winemaker and Sydney International Wine Show judge to have a look at the wines for us, just to make sure that we included (at least for the website) the usual bullshit you’d expect.
What Ken thinks: Amazing deep crimson colour. The nose is effusive with blackberry, hints of stewed plum and fine tobacco leaf notes. The palate shows spicy black currant flavours with an explosion of attractive fruit on the back palate. A really well balanced wine with great primary fruit but a serious savoury finish, would be great with any meat dish.