Don’t forget your pets this summer, NSW vet warns

SUMMER HEAT: Make sure you keep your pets safe, hydrated and cool over the hot festivae season.Summer is heating up, and most people are turning to the beach, pools, ice blocks and air conditioning.
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It’s important to remember that when you are getting hot you can grab a frozen Zooper Dooper out of the fridge to alleviate some of the sweat, but your loyal friends covered in fur don’t have exactly the same luxuries.

In a study run by PetSafe Australia, it was found that 39% of Australian’s are unaware of the signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration in their pets.

COOL OFF: Make sure you keep your pets in the shade over the hot months of the year.

Doctor Claire Jones, a NSW veterinarian, has warned that this summer will be “one of the worst on record for Australia”, and that being smart about pet hydration is crucial over Christmas and the New Year period.

“Dehydration can indicate a serious underlying problem,” Dr Stevens said. “Often, however, the signs of dehydration are not obvious, so I suggest getting to the vet as soon as you can.”

“You can prevent dehydration by providing clean water at all times, and change it frequently to ensure freshness. Also, don’t forget to wash your pet’s water bowl every day to prevent bacteria from forming. I tend to put a few bowls down to be sure they have enough.”

Dr Stevens also suggested investing in shade clothes, umbrellas or canopies, as many backyards do not have adequate shade during the hottest parts of the day.

“People might not realize but there is possibly long periods during the day your backyard might simply not provide anywhere cool and shady,” she said. “Avoid chaining a dog outside or keeping them in a hot back yard as this can preventing him from accessing his water bowl.”

“Just remember, make sure you monitor your dog’s water intake every day. If your dog is not drinking an adequate amount of water, seek veterinary advice.”

Information can also be found on thePetSafe website, in a Hydration Awareness Campaign

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This Christmas, Eric Abetz is making a list

Senator Eric Abetz. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Public service emails could be the next front in a battle over “political correctness” after hardline Coalition senator Eric Abetz asked agencies to disclose their holiday staff greetings.
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Government agencies are releasing Christmas and Easter messages from departmental bosses to the bureaucracy for the former public service minister, known for his ardent Christian views and social conservatism.

Senator Abetz has come under fire from the Greens and public policy experts, who said he was wasting the time of agencies that should be allowed to focus on delivering services.

But the Liberal Senate backbencher said people had a right to know the extent of “the infiltration of a political correctness agenda in the public service” that repudiated Australia’s long-held traditions.

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He has asked more than 80 agencies to release their Christmas, Easter and Ramadan messages.

Department heads in greetings disclosed to the Senate commonly wish their staff a merry Christmas and eschew greetings of “happy holidays” despised by socially conservative critics.

Home Affairs department secretary Michael Pezzullo, writing then as Immigration boss, former Defence secretary Dennis Richardson, and ex-Human Services secretary Kathryn Campbell in 2016 all gave the traditional greeting.

Agency bosses also commonly wished their staff a “happy Easter”.

Debate over Christmas messages moved to social media after Tasmanian Greens senator Nick McKim posted on Facebook a tongue-in-cheek photo showing a banner wishing a “merry nondenominational seasonal festivity”, in a dig at Senator Abetz.

Senator McKim said the questions from the conservative backbencher showed Christmas messages had become his new obsession after losing the debate over same-sex marriage.

“This is just Eric Abetz fighting imaginary enemies,” he said.

“Public servants have better things to do than answer idiotic questions on notice.

“Heads of government agencies are well entitled to send celebratory messages to their staff without having to worry what the right wing culture warriors think about it.”

ANU Crawford School of Public Policy director Helen Sullivan said Senator Abetz’s questions were a ridiculous waste of time for public servants.

“They’ve got more important things to worry about than checking on how people are being greeted,” she said.

“Of the great range of things Senator Abetz could be dealing with, I don’t think this is a particularly important one.”

The public service represented all Australians, and this should be reflected in both their holiday messages and their broader work, Professor Sullivan said.

“The APS should not be used as a political football. It’s not there for the purposes of people to argue their political differences or to be a new front in the culture war.”

Senator Abetz said his questions were very easily answered and included no impost.

“I am pleased to see that, so far, most agencies have no qualms in celebrating Easter and Christmas,” he said.

The senator, who presided over the Coalition’s hiring freeze and 15,000 job losses, has remained vocal about his views on how the government should manage the public service, calling twice in 2017 for more massive cuts to its headcount.

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Car parks a battlefield during Christmas

ONE in three people who have a collision with aparked car do not leave their details, newdata released ahead of the Christmas shopping rush reveals.
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Insurance company Youireleased the research on the eve of the Christmas shopping frenzy to warn drivers of the increaseddangerin shopping centre car parks during thefestive season.

“Unfortunately, many drivers returning to their cars often find it damaged and the offender has not left their contact details,” Youi CEO Frank Costigan said.

The research also revealed up to 14 per cent of all motor insurance claims occur when cars aresitting stationary.

The average cost of each claim from a parked car collision is over $2000.

Mr Costigan outlined the need to take extra care when navigating the congestedshopping centre spaces.

“Unfamiliar car parks can be difficult places to safely navigate and when combined with large numbers of stressed-out drivers looking for scarce available spaces it’s a perfect scenario for increased numbers of collisions,” Mr Costigan said.

“The intense competition for space often means drivers try to squeeze into tight spots. People trying to get out of their car also often knock their door into other vehicles, with many cars bearing the trademark nick on the side.”

The stress of shopping at Christmas isn’t just restricted to the car park, asthe Heraldrevealed on Tuesday with details of abuse aimed at customer service workers.

The ‘No One Deserves a Serve’ campaign aims toend abuse and violence towardsretail staff, particularly during the Christmas period.

Asurvey of 6000 workers was conducted by the SDA union which revealed over 85 per cent of respondents had been verbally abused in the past 12 months.

AFP investigating itself after arrest details accidentally broadcast

The Australian Federal Police is investigating itself after details of an operation to arrest an alleged North Korean agent were accidentally broadcast on social media.
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AFP officers arrested a 59-year-old Sydney man on Sunday and charged him, alleging he had tried to arrange the sale of North Korean missile parts.

But days before the man’s arrest, the AFP’s media team broadcast a minute-long discussion on live-video streaming app Periscope of how they would manage media surrounding the event.

The Periscope clip was recorded by The West Australian – whose report included details on the timing of the arrest, and whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or opposition leader Bill Shorten would need to be briefed.

In the audio, an officer was heard saying AFP officers were “not going in all guns blazing, it’s only half-a-dozen people and a forensic van”.

Another AFP officer can be heard saying they needed to take into account what politicians would need to know.

“We just need to recognise that the PM will be standing up at some time on Sunday to talk about Bennelong [by-election], as will Shorten.”

According to the newspaper, the broadcast remained on the AFP Periscope page until they notified media officers it was still there.

An AFP spokesman confirmed part of an office conversation was accidentally broadcast via their Periscope account on Wednesday, December 13.

“The incident occurred when testing a piece of social media broadcasting equipment,” the spokesman said.

“Steps have been taken to ensure such incidents will not occur again.

“The matter has been referred to the AFP’s Security area for review. As such, no further comment will be made at this time.”

At the time of the arrest on Sunday, AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the case was an Australian first.

He said the AFP allege the man had been acting “to serve some higher patriotic purpose” to raise funds for North Korea, and could have raised tens of millions of dollars if successful.

“This case is like nothing we have ever seen on Australian soil,” Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

The man, named as Chan Han Choi, is understood to have been born in South Korea but has lived in Australia for three decades as a naturalised citizen.

He was charged with offences relating to being a broker and economic agent for the North Korean regime, including two under Australia’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act 1995.

The man is expected to appear in Central Local Court next week.

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Hughesy and Kate prove KIIS FM’s loss is 2DayFM’s gain

Even with another disappointing showing in the year’s final Sydney radio survey, the beleaguered bosses over at 2DayFM will be rubbing their hands with glee over 2018’s potential.
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The station, which has sputtered through 2017, has a welcome head start heading into the new year thanks to incoming drive hosts Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek.

Hughesy and Kate, in their last showing for KIIS FM, topped the drive ratings for the second consecutive survey, building 0.2 points to expand their audience share to 10.8 per cent.

The pair were spectacularly poached by 2DayFM’s Southern Cross Austereo in October after KIIS’s Australian Radio Network stuttered on their contract renewals, and are set to debut on the station in a new national show in January.

The duo will be taking over from the retiring Hamish and Andy, while little-known Perth personalities Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw will host KIIS’s new national drive show.

The other drive results remained steady, with Nova 96.9’s Kate, Tim and Marty in second place with a 10.3 per cent audience share (up 0.4) and 2GB’s Ben Fordham at 9.4 per cent (down 0.3 per cent).

The breakfast results remain, as always, with 2GB’s Alan Jones.

The veteran broadcaster ended another year on top with a 13.3 per cent audience share (down 0.5), ahead of KIIS 106.5’s Kyle and Jackie O, who’ve mounted a challenge heading into 2018 with a 1.0 point jump to a 12.1 per cent audience share.

WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda’s solid year sees them close out with a 10 per cent audience share (down 0.7 per cent), while Jones’ 2GB officemate Ray Hadley rules the later morning slot with a 14.9 per cent share.

Another dismal showing for Em Rusciano’s ballyhooed breakfast show underscores 2DayFM’s troubled year, dropping 0.1 points to a 2.8 per cent audience share, its lowest in the slot since Maz Compton and Dan Debuf bottomed at 2.4 in January 2015.

The show will relaunch with new co-hosts Ed Kavalee (Have You Been Paying Attention?) and Grant Denyer (Family Feud) in January.

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Hot summer conditions not expected to hang around for Christmas

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Waves splashing against the rocks caught Lee Harsthorne’s attention at Bar beach, but it was the colours that held it.

Moments before sunrise, East Maitland’s Mitchell Griffin snapped a shot he called 40 degree day.

Early riser Taylah Douglass, of Stockton, captured this shot of the revamped diving blocks at Merewether baths at sunrise.

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Charlestown’s Matt Burgess says he was thrilled to catch this photo at Redhead beach in October while playing around with exposures.

Stockton’s Paul Lancaster offers a glimpse of “Life in the Country” with this shot from five years ago. It was taken at Serendipity, near Evans Head.

The smooth patterns left in the sand by a “Retreating Tide” gave Ravelle King a stunning sight to photograph at Nobbys beach.

Stockton’s Karen Taylor uses the worn timber walkway at Newcastle Ocean Baths to provide a striking depth of field in “Always Summer”.

This shag sunning himself at the edge of Honeysuckle Wharf earlier in November gave Stockton’s Karen Taylor a stark subject.

A low and unusual perspective puts the stinger at the centre of Lee Hartshorne’s Newy Bluey, helping it stand out on the sand.

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NRL: Brock Lamb among three Knights in Emerging Blues squad

IN THE FRAME: Brock Lamb has been named in a 38-man Emerging Blues squad. Picture: Marina Neil
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BROCK Lamb may be set to play a back-up role at the Newcastle Knights but the halfback remains in the mind of NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler

Lamb and fellow Knights Daniel Safiti and Connor Watson were on Tuesday selected in a 38-man Emerging Blues squad.

The squad, which includes established stars Mitchell Moses, Nathan Cleary, Latrell Mitchell and Angus Crichton,will attend a camp in Sydney on January 13.

Fittler and assistant coach Danny Buderus will be joined by former Blues Andrew Johns, Craig Fitzgibbon, Matt King, Mark O’Meley and Anthony Minichiello in specialist positional coaching roles.

“I’ve brought these players in because they’re players I really respect and I believe they can learn a lot from the camp – both on and off the field,” Fittler said.“The majority of theplayers are young stars already playing first grade, or on their way to the top grade.These players will be the backbone of the NSW Origin team going forward. We’re hoping they get a lot from the Emerging Blues camp, about expectations, and learning from some of NSW Origin’s best former players, who I have played with and really respect.”

Lambstarted in 21 games for the Knights last season and was a finalist for the Dally M rookie of the year.

However, the 20-year-old’s future has been cloudedsince the Knights won the race to secure MitchellPearce’s signature.Lambhad been all set to start next season at halfback alongside Roosters recruit Connor Watson but is most likely to start the season on the bench or in NSW Cup.

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This is why you should never throw a New Year’s Eve party

You’ve decided to have a New Year’s party. Yeah, you’re going to have it at your house and invite all your dearest friends to welcome in the new year with a night of laughter and dancing and joyous revelry, you massive massive idiot.
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So you send out a text to everyone that says “Heyyyyy, I’m having a New Year’s par-tayyyyyyyy! Come along and bring a drink (or several!) PLS RSVP ASAP THX (phewwww!!!)” – the kooky comical tone giving people a little preview of the hilarity and good times they are sure to enjoy.

Then you sit back and wait for the replies to flood in.

A day passes, two days, a week, you hear nothing. That’s because all your dearest friends are waiting to get a better offer before they commit to yours.

There is all kinds of desperate stuff going on behind the scenes that you have no idea about: late-night calls, clandestine discussions, crisis negotiations. It’s intense.

You are not discouraged by the lack of replies. You figure that everyone must be too busy to text back immediately, or maybe there are mobile-tower outages across town – yeah that must be it – so you carry on with your party plans, you poor, deluded buffoon.

You go out and buy a fire pit to create a summery backyard ambience: it’s a big rust-toned one but all the colour comes off on your shirt when you carry it to the car and turns out, it’s just an enormous chef’s mixing bowl painted with insta-rust.

You also go into your shed and get out your festoon lights for glamorous outdoor mood lighting, but they’re all tangled together in a big lewd clump, all the sticky-outy bulbs snagged on each other. Related: Everyone is renovating and it’s pushed me to the brinkRelated: An ode to all the unfinished jobs around my houseRelated: Australia’s affinity with the backyard

After two hours of untangling, you give up and throw the festoon lights back in the shed, close the door, and let them carry on with whatever they were doing in the dark.

You won’t let yourself be defeated by these setbacks. You prepare the house for partying by cleaning the bathroom, tidying the garden, and stocking up on plenty of food and beverages.

You even put together a party playlist: you want to be up to date so you throw in a few songs from your So Fresh: The Hits of Summer 2005 CD. And you fill it out with heaps of classic funky dance tracks: 10cc, Karen Carpenter, and selections from Miss Saigon for after midnight, when the dance floor really heats up.

Your New Year’s party goes ahead, but it doesn’t turn out quite like you had hoped. Not everyone shows up. Just the old Korean couple from next door, who pop around for 15 minutes. And your brother and sister-in-law who bring their three kids, a dog, and a six-pack of beer with two beers missing.

Also someone named Ivy shows up; she says she’s a friend of Alice’s but you don’t know anyone named Alice, so it’s all a bit of a mystery.

But still you make the most of it and have a great New Year’s party, laughing and dancing and revelling until dawn. All by yourself.

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Easy and budget-friendly DIY jobs to do over the summer holidays

It’s somewhere around the summer holidays that people begin to notice all the things around their homes that need fixing.
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But that doesn’t mean you have to call in the professionals. Many projects are easy to DIY and just require a little time and elbow grease.

Tackling one or more of these projects will go a long way towards refreshing your home over the holidays. Interior painting

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Just about anyone is capable of this one. Assuming your surfaces only need a light prep and you are painting them yourself, you can expect the cost of paint to average out about $50-$100 per room.

You will also have the expense of rollers, brushes and masking tape, as well as sugar soap or whatever you decide to clean your walls with.

If you have wallpaper to remove, or there are little nicks or gouges in the wall, you will need to fix them first. Allow as much time for preparing the surfaces as for painting them. You will need to patch the imperfections, sand, clean then mask any areas you aren’t painting, around windows, door handles and ceilings, before you start the actual painting.

Typically prep and painting will take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours per room, but sometimes more. This includes prepping and painting the trims which can sometimes take longer than the walls. Related: The jobs you really need the experts forRelated: Tips to tackle a budget apartment renovationRelated: 5 DIY renovations you can do in a weekendLandscaping

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Fixing up an entertaining area or improving the street appeal of your property is an ideal holiday project.

On a budget? Simply transplant plants and cuttings that friends and family are happy to hand off. If you’ve got some money to spend, buy a range of plants and style your backyard accordingly. Allow around $800 for an average front yard; this will give you a pretty solid look.

While it can be difficult to estimate the time frame of a landscaping job, I’d allow a small job to be done in a day. If there are pavers to lay or a lot of landscaping needed, you are looking at three or four days of solid work. Door Handles

Replacing outdated door handles can do a lot to refresh the look and feel of a house. There are lots of videos on YouTube that will show you what handle to look for and how to put it together properly. Allow between $30 and $50 per set of handles.

A expert will usually take 20-40 minutes per door to install handles, so if it’s your first time, it will probably be double this – at least for the first few doors. Timber floors

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If you’re a reasonably confident DIYer, you might want to have a go at redoing your timber floors. A quick sand and a new coat of clear varnish will have the floors looking brand new.

Many of my clients have successfully tackled this job themselves. Take a look at a few YouTube videos first to make sure you know what you are doing, and test your skills in an area that is seen less often, like under a bed or in the office.

You can hire a floor sander for about $150-$200 a day. It should take you about three or four days to do the whole job. Curtains

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This is a relatively simple job and a great way to improve the aesthetics of your home. If you’ve already got tracks in place, then it’s just a case of replacing the curtains.

The different styles of hooks can be confusing, so take photos of tracks, or take them into a curtain shop so the staff can help you work out what you need.

Ready-made curtains can cost as little as $50 a set and can be installed in a matter of hours. Retiling the kitchen splashback

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If you’re quite handy, you might want to have a go at updating the kitchen splashback by retiling it. However, this is one job where you’ll want to weigh up your experience level, and the type of tiles you are going to use, before you dive straight in. Some tiles are trickier to align and won’t look good if done by somebody who is not experienced.

Again, YouTube is a great place to gather info, get tips and watch how the professionals do it.

Before you start, make sure you consider the knock-on effect so it doesn’t turn into a mountain of a job. For example, if your tiles sit behind the benchtops, it will become a much more complex task.

Cost to DIY a new tile splash-back? Anywhere from $100-$500 for your materials (plus tools). Refreshing surfaces

Simple tasks like water blasting driveways and cleaning gutters are jobs many homeowners can tackle. They are labour-intensive, but are not too expensive and can make a huge difference to the outside appeal of your home.

The only costs involved are your water blaster, which can be hired for about $100-$200 a day, and any chemicals that might be needed. A job like this will take you anywhere from half a day to a few days depending on how big and how dirty your property is.

Jane Eyles-Bennett is one of Australia’s leading home renovation and interior design experts. She is an award-winning interior designer with more than 25 years’ experience designing the interiors and exteriors of homes, specialising in kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces.

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From fossils to ferments

PEOPLEget into the wine industry via all sorts of unusual occupations, butsenior winemaker and general manager for the Hungerford Hill, SweetwaterEstate and DalwoodbrandsBryan Currie arguably takes the cake by once being a palaeontologist.
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From a Gippsland dairy farming family, Bryan was born in Melbourne and after school studiedpaleontologyat Latrobe University. On graduating he began a career studying fossils in the uni’spaleontologydepartment and wrote several papers on the subject.

Life as an academic paled for Bryan and he took time off to work as a vineyard and cellar hand at various wineries – an experience that led him at the age of 20 to begin a Charles Sturt University winemaking degree. That was followed by 18 years at Calabria Wines, during which he was chief winemaker. He then joined McWilliam’s as premium labels winemaking manager and developed a particular regard for Tumbarumba fruit.

Now aged 41 he has the stimulating task of running the burgeoning wine empire of the Iris Capital group of hotelier and developer Sam Arnaout.

A hugely exciting aspect will be reviving the Dalwood brand that hasn’t been seen for 40 years or more. That comes because Sam Arnaout recently bought the right from the Penfold arm of Treasury Wine Estates to restore the Dalwood name to the historic Hunter River frontage Dalwood-Wyndham Estate property at Branxton, recognised as Australia’s oldest continuous winegrowing site.

Dalwood was the name given by pioneer George Wyndham when he and his family settled there in 1828 and, after buying it in 1904 and selling it in 1967, Penfolds continued to own the name.

Last July Iris Capital bought the property with its beautiful winery buildings, vineyard, tasting cellars, picnic grounds, restaurants and function rooms from the French Pernod Ricard Group, which in 2014 had shut down the site.

Now Bryan Currie will be able to release Dalwood-brand wines from Branxton-grown 2017 vintage semillon, chardonnay and shiraz and from grapes from the coming 2018 vintage.The first Dalwood-label wine, a 2017 chardonnay, will be released next autumn and other wines will be available later at the Hungerford Hill cellar door and reopened Branxton cellar door. Bryan is also in charge of making the Sweetwater wines from the prized 16-hectare vineyard at Rothbury, and the Hungerford Hill portfolio from Iris’s 41 hectares of Hunter vines and grapes from the prime NSW areas of Tumbarumba and Hilltops.

Wine reviewsSEMILLON FROM DALWOODTHISHungerford Hill 2017 Hunter Valley Semilloncomes from Dalwood vineyard fruit and is green-tinted straw and has orange blossom scents and crisp lemony front-palate flavour.The middle palate has nashi pear, sherbet and slate and the finish flinty acid.PRICE: $27. DRINK WITH:oysters. AGEING: six years. It and today’s other wines are athungerfordhill南京夜网419论坛and1 Broke Rdcellar door.

RATING: 4.5 stars

A SWEETLY AGED SHIRAZTHEHermitage on the label grates, buttheSweetwater Hermitage 2005 Shirazis a beautifully aged 13.5 per cent alcohol Hunter red with deep purple hues and bouquet garni aromas. The front palate introduces plush blackcurrant flavour and briar, licorice, black pepper and mocha oak integrate on the middle palate. Minty tannins play at the finish.PRICE: $90. DRINK WITH:osso bucco. AGEING: 12 years.

RATING: 5 stars

JUICY 2015 HUNTER REDWITH13.5 per cent alcohol, this multi-facetedHungerford Hill 2015 Hunter Valley Shirazshines bright garnet in the glass and shows berry pastille scents. The front of the palate bring in juicy plum flavour and the middle palate has elements of mulberry, peppermint, capers and savoury oak and earthy tannins come through at the finish.PRICE: $45. DRINK WITH:beef fillet tornedos. AGEING: 10 years.

RATING: 4.5 stars

CRUCIAL ROLE IN WINE EMPIRE: Bryan Currie, senior winemaker and general manager for the Hungerford Hill, Sweetwater Estate and Dalwood brands. Photo: Simone De Peak