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  1. 5 hours ago, Cloth Ears said:

    I think there's only one person on this forum 'qualified' to critique (@DRC), but the rest of us qualify as enthusiastic amateurs. And as we put our mouths where our money has been, surely that gives us a certain qualification...

    Anyone can critique a wine, or any other consumable. No qualification required. You either like it or not. 

  2. The Australian winegrape crush in 2020 was 1.52 million tonnes – the equivalent of over 1 billion litres of wine, according to the National Vintage Report 2020 released today by Wine Australia.


    The 2020 crush was 12 per cent lower than the 2019 crush, and 13 per cent below the ten-year average of 1.75 million tonnes.


    It was the smallest crop since 2007 but was most similar in terms of yield to 2010 – a year of exceptional wines – when the crush was 1.61 million tonnes, but the vineyard area then was about 4 per cent higher than the current area. - Source - wineaustralia.com - 7/7/2020


    - Interesting - 2020 may be a significant quality vintage? Note that whites are down more than reds, and Riesling at a 20 year low of 17K tonne?

  3. 21 hours ago, stevoz said:

    Supertramp "Brother Where You Bound" Oz 1st pressing.


    I've said it before and I apologise because I'll say it yet again, this is one of my best sounding LP's. Every time I play it, I marvel at the SQ.......the detail and the dynamics and the sonic balance......it's a stunning recording!

    If only every Australian pressing were this good.


    Also helps that IMO, this is one of Supertramp's best albums......Roger Who?



    "Rudy"....The good bits -- O.o:wink:




  4. 1 hour ago, metal beat said:


    What coach hasn't 

    Spot on mate --  Its a f!@#$n hard gig being an NRL Head Coach mate! --  There is a **** load of stuff that goes on behind the scenes. HC ultimately and rightly cops the crap or the wrap for performance on field. But they gotta put all the support structure in place.  Roster, defensive coach, offensive coach, conditioning, etc, etc, etc.. 


    Bit of comparison between NFL  (also like NFL..ha) look i know its on another level bit interesting stuff here .. ! We all talk about salary caps, paying overs for players and all that crap. The average annual salary for the top NFL coaches is around USD $7m  --  That's AU$$9.5m per year for HC coach.  -- And throw in another couple hundred grand bonus for winning a Super Bowl? 😉

  5. 31 minutes ago, rantan said:

    I am no such thing and he might, but I don't care.


    Hook has been sacked from every gig he has had...................make of that what you will:)

    Who you like in the NRL now? Assuming you still watching or listening to the games. If not Dragons,  are you supporting or at least wanting another team to win.. Now don't say -- anyone that plays the Red V...!

  6. 3 hours ago, rantan said:

    Another prospect for the scrap heap in two years' time when the ultimate coach killing team work their special blend of indifference.

    Gees you're such a positive energy for the Dragons. Now I know you probably lived in Carlton, or Allawah at some point, but mate for the sake of your mental health -- let it go..:wink: O.o

  7. 3 hours ago, metal beat said:


    that is why - a complete waste of space - only good doing his blue steel poses



    Oh you're a northern beaches boy are you? Gee you blokes can maintain the rage alright.  Sure 2018 was not great for the Silver Tails, but hey  Dessy Hasler aint going that great either mate! -   

  8. 13 hours ago, metal beat said:


    No, I am happy they have that idiot Barrett.    

    Why the hate for Barrett? I'm not across his coaching career that much. I think he was with Manly for 2 years? as HC.  Pretty handy player, rep player, Dally M winner, he appears to be doing a good job at the Panthers mate?  


  9. 1 minute ago, metal beat said:


    Totally agree. Dragqueens have made a good signing. 


      Barrett is **** and the Dogs deserve everything he does not have to offer  -  outside of hair grooming tips. 

    I guess you must have been out-voted at the selection meeting at the Dogs for head coach! LOL!

  10. 20 minutes ago, metal beat said:


    Would you prefer Griffin or Barrett?

    I think Griffin is the better choice, but Barrett is going to the Dogs in any case. Griffin is very experienced, and he's got a decent winning %. He is strong, and knows what it takes to get teams to finals. That's the first step for him, get the Red V back into finals contention at a minimum over the next 2 years. 


    Latest reports suggest that Barrett is walking into an even bigger cluster f!@# at the Dogs than already reported. Its a massive challenge for him, given his lack of experience, however if he can turn it around and same as Griffin have the Dogs at least in finals contention it will be a successful appointment.   

  11. 28 minutes ago, mtf said:

    @The Fez Hi mate, if it is of interest to you Mark Gifford of Blue Poles in Margaret River does a monthly write up on all things vineyard in his newsletter to mailing list members, it is some really informative reading if you have the time.


    Thank you -- Blue Poles eh? Well it's an interesting moniker for a winery.. Perhaps Mark is a Jackson Pollock fan... I do remember that the purchase of said abstract painting caused a bit of a cafuffle back in the day under Gough Whitlam's PM'nerstership...


    One of the best reds I've drunk was from "The River" -- Sadly I can't remember what it was.. However I can tell you that prior to that bottle....I didn't rate WA Shiraz or reds -- go figure..Cheers -- 

  12. 14 minutes ago, att23 said:

    Joe Jackson- Body and Soul


    Jazz pop?



    Hard to classify Joe..One thing that is not in question is his stupendous talent.. A genius really. Yep I'm a big fan.. I saw him live a squillion years ago in Sydney --- I still remember him stopping the intro to a song on stage , (I think it was Heart of Ice from said album) to shut up the audience so we could hear the cymbals...He's a one off...   

  13. 3 hours ago, Cloth Ears said:

    No, I was saying the winemaker has the largest influence, not 'an influence'. Of course, in wine 'factories', where you just shove any old grape into a huge fermenter and automate the process, not so much. But in the really good, smaller concerns, the winemaker chooses the harvest time, would choose the grapes,  modify the process to match the harvest as well as choosing the barrels and the length of time in them.

    Much more than just 'an influence'. But, not being a winemaker, I have no real idea. If you asked Bernard Noblet or Alexandre Bernier then they might give a different answer. I wonder what @DRC would think.

    I guess I was making the distinction between a winemaker, and a viticulturist. I'm sure there are wine producing businesses where this is one person. To me a winemaker, may not necessarily have the expertise and experience with respect to the plant science of the actual vines, the fruit, genetics, chemistry etc, etc of the plants. Whereas a winemaker understands the complexities of taste of course, and may want a particular "flavour profile" / ageing potential etc in the bottle.  


    Also I'm sure many winemakers don't actually grow their own grapes or tend to their own vines..

  14. 1 hour ago, Cloth Ears said:

    The winemaker...

    Certainly the winemaker has an influence. Probably dictates what he or she wants in the end product. I would argue however that the viticulturist has as great or greater an impact on the wine.. Ultimately I think its climate, weather conditions..   


    Edit -- On another note -- Did I see that The Wine Society has gone belly up?

  15. 9 minutes ago, mtf said:

    But it is wine influenced by our terroir and surely that makes it distinctly Aussie, especially if it’s also served out of a cask 😆

    ,,Oh no question.. What do you reckon is factor that has the largest influence on the taste of a wine? -- Other than the grape variety?  Climate?

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