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2008 Treviso Syrah Dolcetto

Selecting a dolcetto is a sign of my desperation to continue with light reds before the colder months hit when mostly I’ll be drinking shiraz. This deeply coloured red is from De Bortoli which shouldn’t align with desperation, but it’s not to be found on DB’s website, nor is the source of grapes to be found on the bottle – and these absences align with desperation. It smells of golden syrup. On the palate it’s sweet, at least initially, but it’s saved – it connects – with a dry ending. Woolworths Liquor, $12.99.

2008 Kirrihill Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Flow in the world means the enactment of disconnection and connection. I’m so immersed in NZ sav blanc as a standard that often when I drink an Australian savi there’s a disconnect between what the label says and what’s on my palate. I once bought a handcrafted glass ‘bonking’ plate for its beautiful green-and-black colouring, without noticing that the animals pictured thereon were… bonking! Though the KH smells of passionfruit, pine and a little cherry, its colour is chardonnay-like with ham and mustard on a spritzy palate. Nevertheless, like the Bonking Plate, it’s intriguing. $18.95, Station Hotel, Lismore.


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