Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Highway Madness

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Highway Madness

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REVIEWS

West Cape Howe Porongurup Riesling 2018, $30. Imagine how many bad drivers you'd encounter driving to Porongurup? It'd be worth it though, it's pretty flash. 9.4/10.

West Cape Howe WA Pinot Grigio 2018, $17. Pinot grises are often bitter enough to drive you to...well, pinot grigios. Another one worth the drive. 8.9/10.

Hesketh Barossa Valley Ebenezer (Regional Treasures) Shiraz 2016 $25. Typically Barossan and with more boom than its Clare Valley brethren. This is the barbecue brother to its gallery- opening Clare sister. 8.9/10.

Hesketh Clare Valley Watervale (Regional Treasures) Shiraz 2017, $25. You should open this one first of the two Hesketh regional treasures, it has more finesse. 9.1/10.

Penny's Hill Adelaide Hills Single Vineyard The Minimalist Chardonnay 2017, $35. This is a contradiction. It has more on the front label than most wines. A fair bit going on in the wine too. 9.2/10.

Penny's Hill Adelaide Hills Single Vineyard The Agreement Sauvignon Blanc 2018, $22. The agreement is what all Queenslanders need to sign before entering a freeway. This has satisfying bite, but not enough to cause road rage. 8.9/10.

GRAPE EXPECTATION

MAX CRUS

AH, the festive season. The world full of peace and love and consumerism, families getting together to break bread, tell stories about their year apart...then breaking into fights and tearing one another apart because they can only stand one another for two days now, and Christmas day is the third.

But even all the above is good fun, compared to being on the road over Christmas.

All those angry shoppers racing to the last-minute sales or trying to get to the lunch before brother-in-law drinks all the good wine, or to the beach first for the best spot make driving a bigger hell than having to hold your tongue because the brother- in-law doesn't like your jokes about his religion, politics and paradoxically, his driving skills. …

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