Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Coalition of the Unwilling

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Coalition of the Unwilling

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REVIEWS

Claymore Wines Clare Valley Joshua Tree Watervale Riesling 2018, 20. It's amazing how similar yet diverse are Watervale rieslings. Fruity without exceeding your daily allowance, dry without calling Barnaby for relief, acidic without taking the paint off. 9.1/10.

Claymore Clare Valley "Nirvana" Reserve Shiraz, 2014, $45 (bottle No.1907/6300). A neat 525 dozen sounds like a fair whack of wine, and in your own cellar, perhaps, but in wine-speak it's positively boutique. Scarce indeed. 9.3/10.

(Mount Eyre) Three Ponds Hunter Valley Grosser Semillon 2018, $25. You would be hard pressed to find a more versatile wine: Friday nights, any footy match, brunch, lunch, sudokus... 9.2/10.

(Mount Eyre) Three Ponds Hunter Valley Holman Nero D'Avola 2017, $45. Every now and then a wine jumps out and grabs you by the short and curly tastebuds - surely tastebuds are short and probably curly - and this is one of them. Striking stuff. 9.3/10.

di Giorgio Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, $26. Almost as old as new Hills of Grace or Granges, and maybe only women could tell the difference, so stock up. 9/10.

di Giorgio Coonawarra Chardonnay 2017, $26. This is the missing link, the crossover between old school and new chardonnay. Perfect, trendy, retro lovers and bearded types will rejoice. 8.9/10.

GRAPE EXPECTATION

MAX CRUS

THERE'S plenty of talk about women in the Coalition, which has become a contradiction in terms.

Many commentators reckon it's because Liberals and Nat's are frightened by the word "quota".

They are, but that's not why women won't sit on that side of the political fence.

Others trumpet it's the blokey culture. Rubbish.

"It's the bullying and intimidation," they cry. Rot.

The "Old Boys network"? Ridiculous.

There's bucketloads of testosterone in the Coalition, but that's not the problem either. …

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