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2008 Two Churches Barossa Valley Rosé

$11.41 at Coles Liquorland is good value for this very drinkable rosé. It’s a Pretty in Pink crimson in colour, a combination of Molly Ringwald’s red hair and pink prom frock. This is a rosé that’s also beautiful in perfume and on the palate, with the former reminiscent of musk, roses, vanilla and violets, and the latter of cinnamon. Honey, grapes and jam, coming in late to the service, all genuflect and sit in the back rows of the Two Churches.

2008 Frank Limestone Coast Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Chardonnay

At over $20, while I can resist the Brown Brothers’ Patricia wine, my sister’s sobriquet, I can’t resist Frank Digiorgio’s Coonawarra Frank, my father’s name, at $12.95, Station Hotel, Lismore. My father was an Australian larrikin, synonymous with irresistible charm. The wine’s front label is a suitably Italian-Mafia-crim-

 Frank-Costello bold and bright lime green, while the back features a dictionary definition of ‘frank’. My father wore a t-shirt that he had printed with ’Be frank’ on the font and ‘I’m Frank’ on the back. Pale gold in colour, the wine has salami in its perfume, but it’s like yellow silk to drink, with spice, fruit and coconut on the palate.


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