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Penna Lane Clare Valley 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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Rocland Estate Lot 147 Shiraz 2006
Murdoch James Blue Rock Pinot Noir 2006
Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Preston Peak Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz 2006

How about that annoying fine? Actually all fines are annoying but you know the one, where you’ll cop a $5500 one for inconveniencing or annoying Catholics during the World Yoof Day in Sydney, and which has everyone up in arms - itself a bit of a worry because that really is a crime.

It is unclear whether non-participants handing out condoms en route - a deservedly arrestable offence given condoms are the most annoying thing ever invented - could actually invoke the law for being inconvenienced by the very event for which the law has been introduced, or when you get annoyed by being fined, if you can then call the police to report it, so it’s a bit tricky deciding where to draw the line, but that’s for the lawyers to sort out. 

But what’s all the fuss? No matter our civil liberties are threatened, it’s a golden opportunity to rid ourselves of some truly annoying things and I hope it’s enacted across the country immediately.

When it is, my neighbour TD’s leaf blower will be the first top cop it, so to speak. How annoying are they? As soon as he fires it up, I’m dialling 000.

Followed by unmuffled Harley riders, people who don’t understand roundabouts, companies who put you on hold, and religious zealots, I’m dobbing.

Anyway, whatever you think about the law we should be grateful for the influx of world yoof and their support of the Australian wine industry.

150,000 extra people will be taking communion during their stay which, with roughly 2mls stuck to each person’s lips each time, equates to 400 bottles per communion.

Actually that’s not much at all is it. Stingy buggers.

However, what if we upped the quality of the altar wine?

Bit of Grange or one of the following, would have people flocking back to the fold. But please sip sensibly, we don’t want to encourage binge communing. 

Murdoch James Blue Rock Pinot Noir 2006, $49.99.
ABC’s Gruen Transfer explains why it is priced thus and not $50, but price becomes irrelevant with this sort of wine. Why is it always so with expensive wines and not cheapies? 9/10.

Kirrihill Shiraz Clare Valley 2006 (Single Vineyard Series - Baile An Gharral), $20.
Mushy lentil curry and boring TV doesn’t sound like a good start to an evening, and it’s not. Thank God/goodness for decent wine. 8.5/10.

Punt Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $25.
How many Punt Roads have you travelled? Sounds like a Bob Dylan song and it’s a good game to play while you watch the pilgrims progress. 8.8/10.

Penna Lane Clare Valley 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, $18.
Dunno about the asparagus mentioned on the label but there’s a fair whack of other fruit and veg going on in. Nifty stuff. 8.7/10.

Rocland Estate Lot 147 Shiraz 2006, $30.
Amid a swag of Barossan brethren this still managed to keep its head above water. No mean feat, most appropriate because it could be your legs that give out first. 8.5/10.

Preston Peak Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz 2006, $32.
Beautiful, full smell, unlike a fresh condom, but the taste takes a while to show itself...unlike the arresting officer. 8.8/10.

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