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38 ❙ Spring 2011
Life begins again
in the Southern
BIG BLUE SKIES, GREEN
PASTURES AND BEAUTIFUL
GARDENS SURROUNDED BY
NATIONAL PARKS IS WHAT
MAKES THE SOUTHERN
HIGHLANDS AN IDEAL
PLACE TO SETTLE IN
ADD TO that, a strong sense of community as a reminder
of days gone by along with friendly shop owners and local
residents and it is not difficult to understand the appeal of
the Highlands. A move to the region offers easy access to
reliable public transport, small communities and villages and
an easygoing way of life.
Driving through the Southern Highlands is a pleasurable
experience for those who are tired of battling long commutes
and stressful traffic jams. A mere ten-minute drive can take you
from Mittagong to Bowral or Berrima, where you can savour
the delights of different towns, their architecture and culinary
delights. Moss Vale, Exeter, Bundanoon and Robertson are all
within easy access and a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive.
Excellent golf courses are to be found in many towns and
villages dotted through the Southern Highlands, some with
their own pro-shops and in-house restaurants.
Lawn bowls enjoys a great following in the region. Club
Bowral offers accessible membership fees with a host of
events and great deals on meals at their recently refurbished
clubhouse. The region attracts top medical practitioners while
excellent medical facilities and specialists are also available.
Easy access to families in Sydney, Canberra and the rest
of New South Wales attracts retirees and newcomers to
the rural tranquility of the region. A comfortable train trip
of between one and two hours, will have you in Canberra
or Sydney Central station. Each village has a soul of its
own, with quality retirement settlements dotted around the
picturesque region. Aged care, frail care and resident
accommodation are available to suit every taste and budget.
There are shops down quaint alleys, reminiscent of
quieter times, retail outlets and stylish shopping malls supply
everything available in a big city, and more.
Excellent facilities are available for retirees in the region,
and sports and recreation, plus arts, entertainment and
cultural events are available in abundance.
A visit to any of the retirement facilities in the peaceful
Southern Highlands will have you hooked on the area.
WHILE WINE is capable of deteriorating,
complex chemical reactions involving a
wine's aroma, colour and mouth feel can
change the taste of the wine in a way that
may be more pleasant.
Knowing how long to age wines can be a challenge.
There are many different types of grapes, climatic conditions,
regions, soils and winemaking styles and all of these factors
will have an impact on how long a wine should be aged
before drinking. Confronted with different storage solutions
and an overwhelming number of personal preferences it may
seem all too hard. Wines originating from a cool climate
such as the Southern Highlands, will have naturally higher
acid and tannin, both of which can act as preservatives and
prolong the ageing process of wines.
As wines age, they lose their fruitiness and gain more
complexity. At the same time, mouth-puckering tannins can
ease and astringent acidity will align itself with the fruit
flavours in the wine. Red wines, which were full of dry
tannins when young, can become softer and mellow with
age. However, if these wines are kept for too long they can
deteriorate. It is just as possible to age a wine for too long,
as it is for too short a time. If you like your wines smooth
with minimum astringency, then ageing your wines before
drinking them is the way to go. Allow five to seven years for
a thick-skinned grape such as cabernet sauvignon and three
to five years for pinot noir.
White wines are usually made to be drunk young and
fresh, although some varietals such as riesling and oak-
matured white wines can develop beautiful characteristics as
Not all wines have the ability to significantly improve with
age. Generally speaking, the higher the quality of the wine,
the more likely it is to survive several years in the bottle.
Red wines have a high level of flavour compounds, so
wines such as cabernet sauvignon, nebbiolo and shiraz
have notable tannins and are more likely to improve with
age. White wines with high acidity and extract will age
longer, as the acidity in white wines plays the same role as
tannins in red wines -- by acting as a preservative.
Many Southern Highlands wineries have aged vintages of
their wines, making it an ideal way to savour the differences
in wine. Take a drive around the many cellar doors, enjoy
the tasting experience and decide for yourself -- to age or
not to age?
The age old wine
THE ABILITY OF WINE TO AGE
AND IMPROVE IN QUALITY IS
WHAT SETS IT APART FROM
OTHER CONSUMABLE GOODS.
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