Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Government Scrambles with NEG on Its Face

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Government Scrambles with NEG on Its Face

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REVIEWS

Blue Pyrenees Estate Chardonnay 2015, $22. Lightly oaked like a forest in London, hidden fruit like the Aussie bush, how colonial and indigenous? Tres multicultural. 8.8/10.

Blue Pyrenees Estate (Exclusive Regional Selection) champ blend blanc 2017, $36. A great wine to test your mates' taste buds...I went viognier, chardonnay, maybe pinot gris? One out of three ain't bad...it's Marsanne/Roussanne/ viognier, mmmm, bite AND body. 9/10.

Wine in a Glass Sauvignon Blanc (NV), $4 (187ml). Clever ploy, decent wine in a clever, sexy plastic 'glass' to serve at festivals and stuff. Way better than plastic cups and there's a snap lid too for walking around or dancing. 9.5/10 for the concept, 8.7/10 for the wine.

Wine in a Glass Merlot (NV), $4 (187ml). Rough and ready wine at first but it softens quickly and really it's a pretty good standard for the likely intended use. 8.6/10.

Tar & Roses Heathcote Tempranillo 2017, $24. That's cheap for a tempranillo with a wild nose, and dry as a wooden god, as Mum says. A Pinocchio god perhaps? 9/10.

Tar & Roses Heathcote Sangiovese 2017, $24. This and the tempranillo are like a Spain v Italy challenge. Almost as distinct a nose, more sweetness and less puckering...which doesn't sound Italian at all actually. 9.2/10.

GRAPE EXPECTATION

MAX CRUS

THANK goodness the leadership hoo-ha is over and ScoMo can fix our power bills. We might even get our promised $100 a year discount.

But one must have sympathy for the Coalition, with colleagues championing the cause of capitalism at all costs except when it costs votes. Like with electricity.

Privatising power was to send costs plummeting as competition electrified everyone into a frenzy of discounting and rationalisation. Just as it did in the health sector, telecommunications sector, banking sector, insurance sector, roads and tolls, the airline sector, the etc sector. …

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