Eco is not a dirty word, or is it?

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Star Lane Vineyard (Beechworth) Shiraz 2005

Star Lane Vineyard (Beechworth) Shiraz 2005 [©Max Crus]

Pirramimma Stock's Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2005
Helm Cabernet Sauvignon (Canberra district) 2005
Delatite Upper Goulburn Pinot Gris 2008
Moppity Vineyards Hilltops Reserve Shiraz, 2006

The weekend couldn’t have started better, our planes arrived within minutes of one another and the hire-Getz was immediately upgraded to a convertible. Trouble was, at a rev-headed weekend of bikes, booze and bravado, a poofy topless Astra wasn’t a good look.

So there we were, cresting the hill, admiring the verdant view over field and coppice, of green and shaded lanes, and other tautologies, with milking cows on the approach to the seaside town of the same name, when a mini metropolis of  40,000 corrugated-iron cabins, an incongruous, repetitive city suburb dumped in the bush, exploded into view.

Surely it couldn’t be our ‘Eco’ resort? Okay, it was built on a swamp like most eco-resorts, was full of mozzies and had views of nothing but melaleucas and other guests like an eco-resort, but how ‘eco’  is 160,000 people in a wetland?

“Where’s the ‘eco’ verandahs”, Bruno enquired righteously, as we surveyed the ‘scape of the other 39,999 units?

Where’s the ‘eco’ low-energy light bulbs? Although agreed, all bulbs are low consumption if you don’t use them.

‘Eco’ five star rated appliances? Ditto, just don’t consume anything.

‘Eco’ solar hot water perhaps? Not enough sun and the rooves sloped the wrong way.

“They’ve done a lot of mulching”, said Ricardo in their defence. “Or maybe eco just means economical?”

However the presence of once-nearly-extinct Cape Barren geese, did provide some eco friendliness.

Good, we thought, we can watch our ‘eco-friendly’ MotoGP, comfortable we’re doing our bit for the planet, or more correctly, TO it.

So we repaired to the eco-hut each night pondering what to do about it, deciding eventually to take the approach of successive governments over the years, ie have a few wines and talk about it.

Here’s what we came up with :

Temple Bruer 2006 Grenache Shiraz Viognier (Organic), $18
Just what the Doctor ordered, Valentino Rossi that is, organic wine to ease the sore heads of blokey, bravado that goes with a the annual Island pilgrimage. Suitably revered for its apparently greener credentials than our accommodation. 8.4/10.

Star Lane Vineyard (Beechworth) Shiraz 2005 (Bottle No.5203), $70
In talk about for richer or poorer, this is the richer part. Not even a day in the sun (us, not the wine) and the presence of posh pinot could change that this is extremely desirable. Oh to be richer. 9.3/10.

Helm Cabernet Sauvignon (Canberra district) 2005, $45
Who ever heard of a Canberra red at 14.8 percent? Apart from Julia Gillard. Like Julia, the wine packs a punch behind a beautiful and soft exterior. “Are we talking about the same Julia”, Wolf enquired? 9/10.

Pirramimma Stock’s Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2005, $15 
Any wine at $15 is to be commended. Anything scoring better than 8/10 is to be drunk as soon as possible. 8.4/10.

Delatite Upper Goulburn Pinot Gris 2008, $23
How agreeable having a gris with the guys and an Upper Goulburn Gris to boot. 8.5/10.

Moppity Vineyards Hilltops Reserve Shiraz, 2006, $35
What a sweet name, Moppity? Cute, soft and fluffy, as is the wine. Lovely in that sheepish Hilltops kind of way. 8.8/10.



  • Canberra (ACT)
  • Canberra Region (NSW)
  • McLaren Vale (SA)
  • Upper Goulburn (VIC)

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