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Golf Australia Express : Issue 14
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” ITWAS A PROPER wet day out there. The greens had so much casual water that, according to Jack, they were starting to resemble Mr Casual in his casual clothes at the casual convention for personal presentation and that had very little to do with putting. Nor did the greens. Course unplayable, and having weathered the Pro’s wry grin from under shop balcony we made the Right Choice: it was time for a warming whiskey by open fire as our clothes slowly steamed dry. By the time we’d gone three rounds, Jack was a full head-of-steam letting everyone within earshot bear brusque buffet of pent up frustration at a game curtailed in such untimely manner. In truth, his first drive had set a trend of top edges that in the wet, sent deep gouges into the tee and I suspect the consequential bad form may have fuelled his current distempered outburst more than a game cut short. “And what’s with pin placements anyway?” He’d cornered the greenskeeper, whose plans for the day had been samewise scattered, skidding to a halt at the 19th. When the GK quite reasonably asked what he was talking about, Jack launched: “Every hole we played today showed such scant regard for pin placement as to be, frankly, embarrassing. Every pin at the centre and where, I beg, is the game in that? A greenskeeper’s job is sacred— they are the unseen overseers who guard and protect our rounds—our fairways, greens and tees. Greenskeepers see the course as a puzzle that fits together in more ways than there are dimples in a bag of balls. Good greenskeepers do, anyway. They make you think, but reward good shots with open vistas of the approach; they utilise sand and water, bush and rough to stand between the simulation of a challenge and a serious achievement waiting to be realised...” At this point the somewhat bemused, completely confused greenskeeper calmly asked how many holes we had managed to fit in. “Five, but that’s not the point...” The greenskeeper laughed, and ordered us all a round. I don’t know why—he’d just been abused by a lunatic and then told by what divine standards his mismanagement of golf apparatus would be judged. Perhaps the Wisdom of the Greens had slowly set roots in his mind, teaching him Zen patience and calm. Whatever it was it gave him cause to smile. It kept raining. When it got dark, we ordered dinner. OTG WHEN JACK MISSES OUT ON HIS ROUND, HE GETS ANGRY, WRITES WILL HONE. WET BEHIND THE EARS with Will Hone IN HONING