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2009 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Rosé
We should give thanks for the Sacred Hill label of De Bortoli. I once drank the Sacred Hill range with cash-strapped visual artists of integrity (Sue and Trevor Rodwell of SA, best known possibly for public art). So I knew it was doing good things. It’s actually an award-winning range – but so cheap! The rosé is $6.99, the Cellars (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron). Some cheap things, like Ikea and Spotlight, are okay. This rosé is blood red or strawberry in colour. And there’s strawberry and tomato on the palate. And don’t worry: it’s dry.
2009 Silver Fern Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
An NZ savi should be gorgeous, but this is unremarkable, or at least I found it so. Tim Winton won Australian Book Review’s favourite Australian novel with Cloudstreet and he’s bound for the Booker, even Nobel, but I remain unmoved by his talking-down-to and I’ll-tell-you-what’s-
going-on relationship to readers. Silver Fern savi is more like Australian savi, unrecognisable as savi if you take your measure from Cloudy Bay. Super dry, acidic, minerally, grapy, tart, crisp. No, I don’t want to go there. On special $11, or 2 for $22, the Cellars (Ballina, Bangalow, Byron).