Village Journal 310


Has this been a strange winter? Perhaps it's the question we are now constantly asking about the seasons. It's been both cold and warm, wet and dry. And, not unusually for the Northern Rivers perhaps, blossoms are already out-coming on fruit trees. In winter, because of the cold, I am inclined to drink red, when white is my fave. But it really hasn't been that cold for a prolonged period. So Pinot Noir is a mid-way for those of us who sulk over tannin-rich reds.



As I have written recently, finding a very good but cheap Pinot Noir is an eclectically (ok, eccentri- cally) serviceable definition of impossible. Besides WA's 2013 Mad Fish, I've just discovered a 2013 NZ Pencarrow Pinot. I can claim neither explorer nor conquistador status for this discovery. I was at a tasting counter when a woman came approached, looked over the tasting bottles and chose discern- ingly what to try. She had the Pencarrow in hand – noticeable because of its vertical, centred label in grey. She said she had served it in n a restaurant on a regular basis. I knew I was on to a good thing – the affordance of anonymity, strangers and chance!


to help create something very special. I want to be a part of creating a new world fair in Canberra, one that inspires all people how to live in the future. Things are looking pretty grim, discussion towards the future seem frightful. The ‘Right’ have their way for now; everything is about jobs, jobs formation. What about caring, caring for Aboriginal people for example? Our government is all about exploiting the plebs. Alternative festivals are trying to find another foothold. Trying to find a way where we can all live together, through the Arts and Science.

Through the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, artist Geoffrey Skews and I will invite artists to join together in Canberra

in 2018 for the 10th Anniversary of Sorry Day. We want to encourage young people to start moving ahead, and not always on the back foot. It will be an eco-friendly inspired alternative way of living. I will be there to see it manifest.

Elsewhere I have talked about WA's very, very drinkable Deep Woods Rosé. For some wineries, all their work is good; for some, all not so good for me. And some are mixed. But Deep Woods is turning out to be an all-gooder, since their 2014 Chardonnay is also a very good-drinking, tradi- tional Chardy. What I am trying to say is that with this you can't go wrong if you like a wooded Chardy.

Another great growing place for Chardy is the Adelaide Hills. Eden Valley is near those hills, and anything from Padthaway we can take as great. Because of this provenance, the proprietary labelled 2014 One Road Chardonnay is very quaf- fable. A mid-gold in colour, it has an interestingly nutty perfume and long, textured palate which features savoury watermelon and light lemon. The label says Padthaway provides the stone-fruit flavour and Eden valley the citrus.

Pinot Gris is becoming so common that it no longer has a Palov's-dog effect of surprise. But Vanasour NZ Pinot Gris still makes you take notice. Clear and light in colour, with a very fine pink tinge. 


A strong coconut, guava perfume. Smooth and drinkable: initially lightly sweet, and, so, luscious, but dry going down the throat. It's so lovely that it's coming in second to my fave: Tar and Roses Pinot Grigio.

Jared Dixon under his Jilly label has released an intriguing new white: a 2015 New England Gewurztraminer and Petit Manseng, hand-picked and destemmed, indigenous-yeast fermented. The most extraordinary9 colour, making you think of medieval mead, a kind of dense honey that's also clear and golden, with an hallucinatory bronzed- pink tinge. A mildly sweet perfume of jube, ripe stone fruit, a fluffy yellow or golden velvet. A beau- tiful wine that is almost like cordial; sophisticated and elegant. An adult wine, a wine for fantastically imagined aristocratic celebrations – or a wine to serve really good and valued friends to say that they are of value. 

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