While I think, and have declaimed here, that a single vineyard/single grape variety is a near-surety for a good wine, I am also continuously seduced by a combination of unusual/minor grape varieties. So I automatically bought, at a reasonable price, the 2013 Hunky Dory, a brand I hadn't seen before, Marlborough Pinot Gris, Gerwertztraminer and Riesling – suitably sub-labelled The Tangle – and made by the Allan family. The idea of tangle is picked up in the motif of the label: a silhouette of a sleeping fisherperson, in a boat on a blue sea background. The wine had a lovely taste in the mouth: a sweetness, savoury and musk: a savoury musk stick. The palate followed in a similar fashion to the perfume of this 'light-white' coloured wine.
There has been a lot of commentary about the current trend for the half-life of Prime Ministers being no longer than a disposable nappy. The implication is, of course, that we like the certainty of knowing what we’ve got. It follows that, presumably, we can adjust to even what we don’t like. Although the shameful treatment of Julia Gillard would belie this assumption.
The facts are, however, that, including our most recent PMs, Tony Abbott and the self-aggrandising Kevin Rudd there has been a tradition of short tenure in the office since Federation. Frank Forde managed 8 days before being deposed by Joe Chifley. Page managed 20 days, McEwen was good for 23 days and Fadden survived for 30 days. Others managed just a few months with our most recent short stay being Kevin Rudd’s second bite of the cherry where he lasted a tad under 3 months. However, unlike many others, who were deposed, he was defeated in an unwinnable general election. Out of 28 PMs, 10 didn’t last a year and a further 5 went within 2 years. So, over half didn’t see out a 3-year term.