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Golf Australia Express : Issue 12
Amadio Pinot Grigio Rated: 93 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Pink-bronze; an almost startlingly perfumed and aromatic bouquet of pear, lychee and musk is reflected on the palate, although less intensely; has good balance and mouth feel. Amadio Sangiovese Rated: 91 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Has a considerable volume of aroma and flavour, with cherry stone, multi-spice and sour cherry all intermingling and strongly expressive of the variety. Amadio Reserve Block 2a Shiraz Rated: 94 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Has retained excellent hue; the bouquet and palate live up to the promise of the colour, providing bright fruit flavours, dark berry and chocolate nuances. Quality cork, properly inserted. 101011_41068 “To buy online or view our local stockist map, simply go to www.amadiowines.com/shop” INMANY ways it’s easy looking back to the good old days. To times when there was only one question regarding hydration on the course: water or maybe a wee little dram? But that was back in the days when everything was in black and white (and when people wore ties playing sport). In this brave new world of high-tech research into ‘bodily consumption trends during extended athletic activity’, it’s easy to become confused. What should I drink on a hot day of golf? Are the taps enough? Does water even work anymore? What about the ‘akalite superplus rehydration crystals’? What about getting it in red? Because colour counts. Everyone knows red cars go faster, and deep down inside, everyone knows that red drinks make you play a little bit better. The ball leaves the club with a crisper crack for the presence of red in your system—there have been extensive experiments carried out by various golfing academies and I can assure you it works. Don’t believe me, believe the science. Men in white coats have assured me these drinks work and I humbly pass on their wisdom. In doing so, an inkling of a question rankles the beatific calm of certainty that comes from the undying trust we all have for the scientific community. Does water still work? Without doubt there are magnificent ways to replace the various salts and minerals lost through sweat, and the people on the ads look rather convincing as they run and jump and sweat a lot. But I’m not sure that’s what golf is all about—a sedate walk punctuated by frustration and elation—often on the same hole—does not really come under the broad umbrella of demanding exercise. We’ve all played in testing circumstances, but still this question won’t go away: does water work? If you are thirsty, will water rehydrate your body? In the absence of ‘alkalite superplus rehydration crystals’, the process of absorption may take an extra five minutes or so, but I still hold a soft spot for the lubricant of life. It might only come in one colour, and it might lack the sugar rush of most sports drinks. But there are few sights more beautiful than a water tap on the path to the next tee after a long par-5 in the sun. OTG ALL THIS TALK ABOUT SPORTS DRINKS AND THEIR BENEFITS FOR GOLFERS MAKES US THIRSTY. BUT NOTHING QUENCHES YOUR THIRST ON COURSE BETTER THAN SOME HIGH-QUALITY H2O, WRITES WILL HONE. JUST TAP IT IN... with Will Hone IN HONING