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McWilliams 1877 Cabernet Shiraz 2003

McWilliams 1877 Cabernet Shiraz 2003 [©Max Crus]

Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard 2006 Hillside Shiraz
Pig In The House, Shiraz 2007
Scotchmans Hill (Bellarine Peninsula) Norfolk Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004
Lindemans St George Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005

Righto team, this is what we’ve been waiting all year for and we’ve earned it. We’ve trained for it, we’re fit, we’ve got experience. We’ve got finals experience.

We’re mentally prepared, we’ve been over the strategy, again and again. It worked last year and it’ll work again if we stick to the game plan.

You’ve gotta come out hard in the first quarter, set the pace and show that we mean business. Don’t worry if you drop a few early, nerves are expected, specially in front of a big crowd and never forget that they are here for us.

Now, we don’t want to burn out either so back off a bit in the second quarter and use the half time break to regroup and recoup.

The third quarter is the premiership quarter so treat it like one. You’ve got to keep on the ball and really put the pressure on up to the last change.

Okay, that’s it guys, let’s get out there and show them what we’re made of ...or at least what we’ve made.

Ms L. turn the telly on, the game’s an hour away and the guests will be here any minute.

Little Ms L. get those streamers up and paint the dog. Roberto make sure the beer and wine is cold...oh you have already.

I’ll whack a load of sausage rolls in the oven and Timbo will bring his pizza footies too which will get us up to half time.

The Big J always brings those great mini hotdogs so we’ll get them ready during the kick to kick.

Yep, it’s a real team effort getting to the Grand Final and an even bigger one hosting it.

Thank goodness we’ve had a lot of practice and thanks goodness the Cats got in again, the thought of drinking Hawthorn or Footscray, or worst of all, Collingwood wines was just a bit much.

Scotchmans Hill (Bellarine Peninsula) Norfolk Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 $75.
Sounds expensive until you see the price of a grand final ticket. Modern footy plonk and as far above the pack as the Cats. 9.2/10.

Provenance Geelong Shiraz 2004, $32.
More power to wines with not so much power, if you know what I mean. 13.5percent is ample for soaking up food, atmosphere and brain cells. 8.7/10.

Kay Brothers Amery Vineyard 2006 Hillside Shiraz $42.
You’ll get the Hillside Blues when the bottle runs out, unless you have another. New fashioned shiraz under an old fashioned label. 8.6/10.

Pig In The House, Shiraz 2007, $22.
Not from Geelong but it’s the closest thing to a cat that we could find and when you think of the guests, tres appropriate for our do. Organic and all. 8.4/10.

McWilliams 1877 Cabernet Shiraz 2003, $75ish?
The Big Mac’s flagship celebrates Samuel McWilliams planting his first vines at Corowa in NSW around the same time Aussie rules was invented and I am happy to help them celebrate, specially with stuff like this. 8.9/10.

Lindemans St George Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, $55.
Ugly duckling at first, but you could just about watch it develop as the day did. 8/10 to start, 8.8/10 by the time the end.


  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

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