Brrrr ... Dawn frost, Brancott Valley, South Island, New Zealand ... photo Kevin Judd , Greywacke Wines. Kevin is a master of both photography and very fine wine.
One indirect effect the ill season's had is the depressing confusion it brings to winemakers preparing to release their 2012 reds. The honest wines are tight and ungiving - it's a vintage thing - and having been freshly bottled, seem more confusing than usual, so there's been a fair bit of peer group reassurance being sought about release dates.
While this is underway, I'll have a large teapot brewing. If you can't get real herbs, I'll admit to accepting the Madame Flavour line of packaged tisanes. One little baggy of mint and lavendar; one of lemongrass, lime and ginger, and one of licorice. All in together. And one of Nerada Organics Camomile; maybe two. You'll find the lavendar, licorice and camomile settling and snoozing you off, while all the other stuff works as a nose and throat clearing agent.