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Sunday Column (473)

Now this week has picked up a bit. More emails, more conversations, more responses. Yes, there is a market for jobs out there and we are in the process of making progress. Generally, recruiters say between end of January and mid March is the best time, so fingers crossed. One meeting at a time. This week and next week I’ll be in London more often, discussing projects and jobs. It feels like the world has come alight after a long, dark winter. Did I mention that I texted a mate to catch up and he said he was exploring Australia. Can’t blame anyone doing that? We always had that thought and yet, we just like our comfort, the comfort of our own home. Weird isn’t it? I am just not as adventurous and like stability. We even saw some natural light this week and I could swear there was some sunshine too! It’s been almost a year that I am British. My free entry to some heritage site is expiring, so I got a reminder 😉 Wow. And the other day I was swearing about the Brits. That is nothing new as I do the same with the Germans too

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Yalumba Octavius 2000

Now, this is a special wine! The Octavius Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2000. Robert Parker, in the Wine Advocate #155 (Oct 2004) describes it as: “The 2000 Shiraz Octavius possesses earthy, peppery aromatics revealing notions of smoke, melted asphalt/creosote, plums, currants, figs, and loamy soil. While medium to full-bodied, with moderate tannin as well as an excellent finish, it is not as outstanding as the brilliant 1998 and 1999 Octavius, or even the 2001.” My wife bought it for a special occasion and we had it a few weeks ago. It is an amazing wine, well worth the money. We spent around £40 for it, one of the most expensive wines I have had so far. Yalumba do a few very good wines. I wrote about the Katnook Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon not too long ago. The Octavius is made from grapes from old vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valley, matured in American Oak with only 90 liters capacity. This is very uncommonly small for American Oak barrels. And these barrels are seasoned for 8 years at Yalumba before they are used for this special wine so that the oak won’t take over the wine’s taste. Yalumba’s leaflet describes

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