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2009 Crittenden & Co Rosé

The Crittenden label usually means cheap wines. This rosé was $5.49, BWS, Lismore. I selected it because it was cheap, this year’s making, and it was a rosé whose label said ‘slightly’ sweet which meant ‘bearable’ to me. The pink in the label and rosé is slightly deeper than the dress of Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ which had Marilyn Monroe’s dress and song (Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend) as its precursor. The perfume is the rosewater of Turkish delight or Persian fairy floss. My drinking companion said ‘lolly water’, but I detected only a passing hint of sweetness on the palate. Very drinkable with sweet meat such as ham.

2007 Bunnamagoo Estate Chardonnay

This Mudgee label, new to me (and the world: originating in the 1990s), is over $20, Cellarbrations, Lismore. Drinking it is like drinking a feather, a sailing white or yellow cockatoo one, rather than the black one which sails across the cover of the new Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature. That image came from Indigenous artist Michael Riley. The Paspaley Pearls Group winemaker, Robert Black, uses ‘indigenous wild strains of yeast’. This chardonnay is not light drinking, but rather sensationally elegant, even sublime.


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