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Mildara Rothwell Coonawarra 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Mildara Rothwell Coonawarra 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon [©Max Crus]

Roo Bros Classic Dry Red
Bimbadgen Myall Rd Botrytis Semillon, 2006
Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Ferngrove Frankland River WA Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006

Have I been drinking too much, or have the forces of nature finally fizzled? And poor Uncle Karl (Marx that is), rather than turning in his grave must be sitting up and smiling, wondering why it took so long.

Barely two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, one of the last bastions of semblance to his communist ideal, its very nemesis, capitalism, teeters, while perhaps not on collapse, at least collapse into farce.

The old adage and favoured T-shirt slogan of uni students - back in the days when humanities outnumbered economics, MBA was a record label, engineering students dangled Morris Minors from the Uni footbridge, nobody worked at Maccas because nobody paid fees, and debt was something the government had - ‘Property Is Theft’, has become a reality.

Ruthless, unscrupulous and greedy money lenders figured that the less well-heeled, the sub-prime of the suburbs, were ripe for the pickings, and duly picked the scraps of their pockets via the dim prospect of home ownership, including through such confectionately named appendages as Fannie Maes, Freddie Macs or Marie Antoinettes or something.

When times toughened up, the tenants were turfed and the houses happily handed to real estate rogues to realise their capital gain. Alas as Das Kapital predicted, so many had been screwed that no-one was left to buy the houses and prices plummeted, and dominoes became popular again. That’s capitalism for you.

Now, when it’s apparent that dole queues will double too close to an election, not that the US actually has a dole, the vast reserves of capitalism’s coffers are called upon to wipe that sarcophageal smirk from Karl’s corpse.

They’ll dish out as much money as Microsoft makes in a month but wait, not to the needy, or the poor, or to those suffering from the strategies selfish, stealing, salespeople, it is to be used to keep the latter in business.

What are they teaching kids in uni these days?

And what about the poor?

Let them eat cake, and here’s some wines to go with it.

Bimbadgen Myall Rd Botrytis Semillon, 2006 $27 (375ml).
Serious stuff for serious dessert like marscapone, cream, honey and sponge sticks, and of course cake. Yum. 8.7/10.

Ferngrove Frankland River WA Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, $28.
The fruit upfront found this far more favour than a cab twice the price, fair enough. 8.7/10.

Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2008, $22.
Like a money lender, it seems the late Wirra Wirra champion Greg Trott was pretty good at going missing, so grab one of these and do the same in his honour. Bye. 8.3/10.

Mildara Rothwell Coonawarra 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, $50.
Big bottle brew from the deep South should keep the nostalgia flowing and rightly so. 8.5/10.

Roo Bros Classic Dry Red, $8.
Sounds like a dodgy merchant bank, and the ever hungry Myles was pretty pleased although he did question the ethics of drinking the coat of arms. Have it with Roo despite what the label says. 8/10.

(Domaine) Chandon Sauvignon Blanc 2008, $24.
Yoohoo, if you’re are feeling a little jaded with sav blanc, this will awaken any latent passion for it. Lovely. 9/10.

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