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  • Day9

    St Gilgen cable car

    August 15 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    An old cable car, with tiny, very spaced-out cars. Which means it only moves just under 4 people a minute at maximum capacity.

    So it's a very pleasant 16 minute ride up, with good views. But over an hour in the queue to get on. And the same back down.

    At the top there are plenty of alms, and a huge choice of walks - although very few blue ones. We did the pilsen panorama rundweg. About an hour on good paths, and not too much up and down. Certainly can't fault it on the panorama aspect: mountains in all directions (with regular signposts to tell you what mountains they are) and several lakes overlooked. Also some helpful posters of footprints and flowers you may see. The latter had a bee rather confused because it could see beautiful huge flowers, but not get into them.Read more

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  • Day6

    Pilgrim's way

    August 12 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Up and down the pilgrims' way from St Wolfgang to St Gilgen (the wrong way), past the spot St Wolfhang threw his axe from*.

    Saw:
    • An ingenious solution for those on the steeper slopes to get their shopping up to the house.
    • A very entertaining crucifixion scene. Thief 1 bored stiff, thief 2 quite enjoying the rest, eye rolling sarcastic Jesus, and a centurion doing ... well, I've no idea what the centurion is doing, but he'd clearly like some appreciation for his calves while he does it.
    • Beautiful bit of the lake once we got back to the very welcome flat.
    • Excellent fence construction.

    The rain held off until we'd finished the walk, but made up for it for the rest of the day.

    *
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  • Day2

    Strandhotel Margaretha

    August 8 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Big balcony - yes, that's all ours - with a lake view. Smallish room but with a deep bath for post-walk soaking. And on the 4th floor so we get plenty of exercise even if we do no more than climb up and down for breakfast and dinner.

    The town is tiny, but well supplied with every shop you could want - including one that sells only things made from apples. We started with a wall around the easy part of the lake, taking us to Strobl. The water is amazingly clear and I think we found why - it appears to have a giant plug so they can drain it down for a good scrub every winter.Read more

  • Day14

    Last breakfast and the journey home

    January 26 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Last breakfast at the Sandbar - for the final one we skipped the healthy smoothie bowls full of fresh fruit and went for the ricotta pancakes.

    Tram and train up to Brisbane (with bonus magpie family on the platform).

    Brisbane goes on my Recommended Airports list. Doesn't have the cultural displays of Incheon or the gardens of Singapore, but it's light and airy, with full height glass all along one side, and half height along both ends. And it's laid out as a park - fake grass, but all the other plants and palm trees are real. Clusters of wooden seats and tables, some park bench style, others individual seats, and some with cushions. Very few people, very quiet music (unless someone's playing the street piano). Relaxing, and some good food options.Read more

  • Day12

    Scenic point and Heritage wines

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Witches falls winery - Tambourine mountain

    2018 Verdhelo , granite belt
    2 yeasts (1 French 1 South African), stainless vat 6 months. Light straw colour, soft yeast on nose with pale tropical fruits. Taste stronger than expected from nose - fruity but with mineral undertone, quite acid but not puckering.

    2018 Co,-innoculated Sav blanc - stainless vat.
    V light colour- barely tinted and just a hint of elderflower nose, elderflower and lemon, hint of greenish tart apple.

    2017 Wild Sav blanc - oaked for a few months.
    Much more straw in the colour, nose a little rubbery, buttery eggy toast. Taste rounder than the co-inoculated, more tropical fruit. Lychee?

    Wild ferment verdhelo - oaked 2016
    Nose butter and gooseberries, then oak burst adds warmth and , with a bit of woody tannin underneath.

    2018 Saignée rose - syrah and black muscat, left on skin for 24 hours. powerfully fragrant - roses and strawberry with a hint of spice. Syrupy soft flavour, a bit more currant than the nose - just a hint. Primarily strawberry, with a lovely creamy texture that's just a little dry at the end.

    2017 Tempranillo wild ferment
    Slightly purplish red, nose of summer pudding with plenty of blackcurran, flavour very close match to nose - slightly sharp.

    2017 Garnasha wild ferment
    Pinky red, warm soft nose, sunned wood, hint of powdery violet. Initially smoother flavour but more tannins as it goes on.

    2016 wild ferment monastrell (mourvedre grape in Grance, monastrell in spain).
    Leather polish and herbs, sweeter on the taste than the nose and less tannin than expected, but flavour grows in size - bit of lamp oil, lots of fruot, sour cherries, dark chocolate, big legs.

    2015 Merlot (prophesy range) barrel for 2 years, dark but not purple, nose of French oak vanilla, BIG flavour, oaky, dark, cherries and chocolate. Tannins definite but relatively brief leaving a fruit finish.

    Moscato rose 8.2%
    Rose and candied pineapple nose, taste of rose and muscat grapes. Lovey drinkable light sweet wine - would go with a light pudding (morrocan orange cake) but good alone.

    Classic Tawny - syrah fortified with brandy. Port style. Add a layer each year. 20 y o. Lovely raisiny port style - sweeter and a little lighter than a typical port. Goss beautifully with mild truffled brie.

    Tambourine mountain Distillery

    Wattle toffee
    Toasted wattle seed liqueuer - 20% gorgous smooth nutty, maply, smoky.

    Limnoncello.

    Chocomint (taste like a bittermint).

    Butterwhisky (more complex butterscotch).

    Wild plum and elderflower (also contains rose).*

    Violetta parma violet).

    Gingerbread (more sweet than ginger - soft), *

    Australian herb.

    * These 2 we were given in a blind tasting - selected from their range of about 40 flavours - and we were able to identify both. Derek got the rose in the plum amd elderflower (a flavour that's not listed) and I got the other 2 components).

    Mason wines

    Verdelho 2017 steel tank.
    Nose has the creaminess of a macadamia, apple with a hint of papaya; flavour much crisper - crunchy apple, sharper than the nose - vinho verde type young flavours . Prob needs food.

    2015 chardonnay unoaked.
    Nose green and herbacious. Taste quite christmassy - satsuma and clove, sharp, bit acidic.

    2016 semillion sav blanc.
    There was a fire at harvest time, so grapes slightly smoked. Go ea are really.good effect. Brings out the umami. Sharp green gooseberry but warmed by the smoke, which really comes through at the back.

    2018 picnic white (vedelho late harvest, 10%).
    Nose mango and dried apricot, taste light and sweet. Not quite pudding wine sweetness but heading that way.

    2018 rosé, cab sav merlot.
    Light salmon pink, soft warmish nose strawberry and sage. Taste a bit sharper

    Picnic red - semi sweet shiraz.
    Almost porty when paired with food, drier alone.

    2016 shiraz red, unspecified grape .
    Spicy, quite tannic, nose warmer and softer than taste. Sharp blackcurrant compote.

    2016 Shiraz cab sav.
    Sligbtly bluer red. Quite savoury and tannic, sour cherry, dense flavour. From a single block in Booth Lane vineyard.

    Petit verdeaux 2014 cellar door collection.
    Nose soft, warm powdery plum and violet, taste is BAM - sharp and tannins, plum stone. Not unpleasnt but oddly citrussy. Grape is used in Bordeaux as art of a blend.

    Late harvest VCV 2016 viogner, chardonnay and verdhelo.
    Dark Greek honeycomb nose, v sweet but not cloying - good acid balance, lemon curd with a clear honey finish

    Heritage wines

    Petit blanc

    Fiano - rare grape, interesting, bit sharp.

    Club red - roses, light summer red. Nose and taste more rosé-ish.

    Tempranillio lot. Edition 2017 - hefty purple red.

    Bootleggers tawny port - raisiny, smooth.

    Moonshine madness - chocolate coffee liqueuer port-alike - pure tiramisu smell. Made with some own-made brandy.
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  • Day12

    Mason wines

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Verdelho 2017 steel tank nose has the creaminess of a macadamia, apppe with a hint of papaya; flavour much crisper - crunchy apple, sharper than the nose - vinho verde youth. Prob needs food.

    2015 chardonnay unoaked
    Nose green and herbacious. Taste quote christmasy - satsuma and clove, sharp, bit acidic.

    2016 semillion sav blan
    There was a fire at harvest time, so grapes slightly smoked. Brings out the umami. Sharp green gooseberry but warmed by the smoke, which really comes through at the back

    2018 picnic white (vedelho late harvest, 10%) nose mango and dried apricot, taste light and sweet. Not quite pudding sweetness but heading that way.

    2018 rose cab sav merlot
    Light salmon pink, soft warmish nose strawbwrry and sage. Yaste a bit sharper

    Picnic red -semi sweet shoraz. Almost porty when pairrd with food, drier alone.

    2016 shiraz redred Spicy, quite tannic, nose warmer and softer than taste. Sharp blackcurrant compote.

    2016 Shiraz cab sav sligbtly blueer red. Quite savoury and tannic, sour cherry, dense flavour. From a single block booth lane vineyard.

    Petit verdeaux 2014 cellar door collection. Nose soft, warm powdery plum and violet, taste is BAM sharp and tannins, plum stone. Not unpleasnt but oddly citeussy. Ised in bordeaux as art of a blend.

    Late harvest VCV 2016 viogner, chardonnay and verdhelo. Dark Greek honeycomb nose, v sweet but not cloying- good acid balance, lemon curd with a clear honey finish

    Lunch of felafel buddha bowl with avocado, tahini, pumpkin, quinoa, halloumi. Nougat and chocolate ice creams.
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  • Day12

    Tambourine mountain distillery

    January 24 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Wattle toffee
    Toasted wattle seed liqueuer - 20% gorgous smooth nutty, maply, smoky.

    Vodka (lemon), Limnoncello. Chocomint (taste like a bittermint), butterwhisky (more complex butterscotch), wild plum and elderflower (also contains rose), violetta parma violet), gingerbread (more sweet than ginger - soft), Australian herb.Read more

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