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2009 Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Rosé

Autumn and spring are like the best parts of the day: early morning and evening. Rosé, I’ve decided, is a great in-between-

season red, and this Tyrrell’s is good drinking – a mid-range rosé at $12.99, Cellarbrations, Lismore. Rosy rather than blood red in colour, it smells of berry-flavoured jelly and vanilla and is pretty good in the mouth: dry but retaining the memory of a lolly moment such as raspberries. Heavier reds are too heavy in an outgoing summer when you can still wake up to the sun and think for sure that the beauty of an ocean swim will be almost inexpressible.


2006 Scuderi Sicilia Grecanico

As a second piece of regional clothing (I previously proposed a macadamia cardigan), I’ve thought of a poinciana one: same hand-knitted lime green but embroidered with the elliptical, drooping yellow seedpods. Scuderi Sicilia Grecanico is obviously not locally generated; nevertheless it’s available locally: $14.95, Station Hotel, Lismore. It’s light gold in colour, with pine in the perfume, and pretty extraordinary on the palate: light, like poinciana’s feathered leaves, but firm, dry and sophisticated. A closer option is Politini Wines’ grecanico, King Valley, but they distribute only in Victoria.


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