Not yet on Go Back 2012 on SBS

Except to say it is as riveting as promised or even more so. However, there are still two nights to go plus Friday’s roundup and review.

While this is something everyone – and not only Australians – should see, mostly it will, I fear, play to the choir. Let’s just say it probably wasn’t the most watched program last night at The Bates Motel…

Meanwhile The Bates Motel woke this morning to the smell of burning gum trees. Hazard reduction somewhere, no doubt, combined with lack of wind.

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And why not see the pasta dish from Wollongong Hellenic Club with which I fortified myself for watching starving refugees.

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At The Steelers Club 1

Had a lovely lunch/afternoon at The Steelers yesterday.

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It was a very significant day:

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Sadly, the local team went on to lose, but everyone is happy to see the long saga of the Western Grandstand come to an end at last. See my posts for 25 August 2011 and 20 September 2011. I chatted yesterday afternoon to Phil, who had been there on that day, and quite exciting it was too. You will see if you read that post that I was almost there myself but had opted for the Hellenic Club instead.

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Friendly rivals gathering before yesterday’s game.

M came to Wollongong bearing gifts

Sunday lunch at Wollongong Diggers, and this gift from M.

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Apparently someone recently moved from M’s East Redfern complex and obligingly left behind their wine cellar!

I haven’t been able to track down the exact wine on the left, except that the provenance is good. I suspect it is simply no longer available.

The wine on the right sells for around $70 a bottle.

The fruit for this wine was sourced from several of the well-established vineyards all located at Langhorne Creek. This superlative Cabernet growing district is renowned for rich soils, nourished by the Bremer River’s flooding, which drives the development of powerful characters and distinctive flavours in the local fruit. The wine underwent a relatively warm ferment to extract the maximum colour and flavour from the excellent fruit. Each parcel was pressed separately then racked to barrel, where it finished primary fermentation. Once malolactic fermentation was complete the wine was racked again and returned to the same new French and American oak barrels for a further two years. Winemaker John Glaetzer

A deep red colour, the wine shows very good varietal Cabernet characters. The nose exhibits spice, mint, chocolate and rich berry fruit. There are elements of eucalypt, tar, blueberry and sweet loam, hallmark characters of good Cabernet Sauvignon from Langhorne Creek. The palate is full bodied with exceptional layers of berry fruit and chocolate oak, finely integrated nuances, the matrimony between wood and Cabernet is evenly matched by the singular wash of trademark fruity acids that mark the vintage. Real dark plum, loam and tea, instances jammy nutella-like compaote, the cassis clings all the way through, buffered by the violin-like tannins, it culminates lightly smokey, velvety textured, ripe and tight.