Article and reviews from Australia and UK

Money Week, 4 November, Matthew Jukes

An Aussie seductress to knock you sideways

2015 Gundog Estate, Wild Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

I must admit to being knocked sideways by this seductress – not least because it is so different from other dry Semillons. The tasting note I came back to again and again was not the obvious lemon notes – leaf, blossom, zest, grass and balm – but rather the tantalising tisane scent, which is so delicate and demure that it captivates the senses and sends you into a semi-trance-like state.

The Advertiser, 4 November, Tony Love

THE wine that delivered Steve Pannell his second consecutive Bushing King title for the best wine judged at the McLaren Vale Wine Show is a strange mongrel of a drink that may never be repeated.

The S.C. Pannell 2015 Touriga Cabernet Mataro is a weird and wonderful mix of Portuguese, French and Spanish varieties that any traditionalist would shake their head, then their finger at. Full article

D’Marge, 9 November, Mike Huynh

The St Hugo name has long been synonymous with the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and from today it receives a new home.

Nestled between the scenic foothills of South Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley, St Hugo has faithfully restored the building which was once home to the Jacob family winery in 1854. The century-old winery building and surrounding vineyards would later be transferred to the Gramp family where it continues to stand today. Full article 

Grape Expectations 8 October Max Crus (Simon Hughes)

At some point in the week these reviews and article  will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National)  

Frying the bacon in a pork barrel.

Apparently the cricket season has started, which brings us to politics.

There’s a lot of disparaging talk about politicians lately and frankly while some of it is simply just downright grubby media… there should be more of it.

But what really fries my bacon, apart from a well lit trendy Weber on a Sunday morning after a good party is not that a politician uses a government car to fetch his dogs. Who doesn’t love their dog that much?

It’s not that they collect two salaries in retirement or get a plum job from an organisation to which they awarded a juicy slice of government largesse. Pollies have to make ends meet too.

It’s not that they can’t run their own companies, let alone the senate. Gosh nine in ten small businesses (now senators too) don’t survive two years.

Misuse of electoral budgets, free trips for the wife, free theatre, footy tickets and dinners, gee, who hasn’t used a pen from work and not claimed it on their tax?

It would be unAustralian not to, and take a sickie on the Friday before a long weekend.

No, what really gets on my goatie in Movember is politicians’ expectation that we should be grateful.

At a free lunch recently a politician said to me he couldn’t eat another thing after the lavish morning tea supplied by a school to which he had just granted a cool million for their kitchen.

Even that was cool, except the way he put it was “I just gave them a million dollars”.


Not ‘WE’ the government, not ’WE’ the people, not “THE TAXPAYER’, but ’I’.

At first I thought, how generous. This bloke only earns $200k per year, plus expenses, and he’s given a million to a school. He should be knighted and we should kiss his feet and mow his lawns for free.

But then I realised it was just another instance of a politicians misplaced sense of entitlement and pretty sure the money didn’t come from his bank account and it really gives me the ‘irits‘ that pollies act like and say it does.

Frankly I’d rather they chauffeured their dogs in government cars.

Now, what’s a wine that goes nicely with fried bacon?


(Konrad Wines (NZ)) hole in the water Sauvignon Blanc, NV, $15. This is old school NZ sav with the passionfruit wound back a notch, thank goodness. Now if we could just wind our politicians back. 8.5/10.

(Konrad Wines (NZ)) hole in the water Pinot Gris, NV, $16. This could be called hole in the clouds, but it’s not. However it is very pink which might be related. Deserves investigation. 8.4/10.

Bad Henry (McWilliams) Shiraz 2013, $18. It is not clear who Henry is or why he is bad, but he is quite a sweetish and likeable chap. 8.6/10.

McWilliams High Altitude Tumbarumba Pinot Grigio, 2015, $19. We like to try most wines a bit warmer than fridge cool, but if you have this one a bit warmer it’ll be too warm. Back to the future and the fridge. 8.5/10.

Heemskerk Georg Jensen Hallmark Cuvee, NV, $40. Not sure if the uber stylish GJ bubbly seal comes with every bottle, but it sure looks the part, and it’s function is fine, fluid and faultless, like the contents. 9.2/10.

Heemskerk ‘abel’s tempest’ chardonnay pinot noir, NV, $32. In school, I thought The Tempest was a bloke. Perhaps I should have read it. Now I think he’s is a sparkling wine. 9/10.

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