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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
- October 2008 -
Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 345
October 2008


To further discuss the issue of Offshore Public Wharf usage and proposed fees on Scotland Island

Pittwater Council proposes to immediately lease "exclusive" spots at Public Wharves (initially Carols Wharf) for an annual fee of $264.00
in anticipation of future renovation and extension

The concept plans for each Public Wharf, recently on display and passed by Council, are currently under review and subject to amendment

The items on the Agenda for this meeting are:

•    "exclusive" versus "self-managed" spots

•    number of spots to be made available and design of wharves

•    annual Council fee and management

Please make time to come along to this important meeting, as it also has implications for the
proposed fees currently being considered
for car and boat parking at Church Point

If you have any queries, please email billgye@spin.net.au

Wine Syndicate  - Wine Tasting Wine List
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 from 3 - 5pm.

Here is the list of fantastic wines on offer at the next Syndicate Wine tasting.

It will be held at Greg & Louise Roberts' "Pitt Point" Boatshed.
Please note that - tie up on the jetty is limited, so try to combine with others to minimise the number of boats.

Please bring a plate of nibblies to share and a tasting glass. And maybe a printed copy of the order form so that you can make some notes. There is no need to rsvp - just turn up!

Order only in case lots as described below. No mixing. No half cases. Prices include GST
750ml x 12 with screwcap unless otherwise stated.
1 DUNSBOROUGH HILLS NV SPARKLING PINOT NOIR CHARDONNAY. Adelaide Hills fruit, with attractive touch of yeast. Cork seal but no capsule. $10.09..
2 TORZI MATTHEWS 2008 EDEN VALLEY SCHIST ROCK RIESLING. Appealing dry white with a mix of citrus, apple, herbal and floral elements. $13.92.
3 WONGABURRA 2008 CHENIN BLANC. Intense tropical fruit flavours accentuated by slight residual sugar producing an off dry but crisp finish. WA fruit. $7.17.
4 WONGABURRA 2007 UNOAKED CHARDONNAY. Multi-regional blend from WA with well-defined varietal character. Dry & intense. $7.25.
5 CHALICE BRIDGE 2008 MARGARET RIVER CLASSIC WHITE. This general purpose dry white blended from chardonnay semillon & sauvignon blanc is from a top year for whites in the district and should suit most members. $8.92. Recommended.
6 WEST CAPE HOWE 2008 SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC. Both passionfruit & herbaceous characters in this appealing blend from Denmark,WA. $12.34.
7 FERNHILL ESTATE 2006 McLAREN VALE CHARDONNAY. An old-fashioned style where you can actually taste the French oak. Richly flavoured. 14%alc. $14.75.
8 UNLABELLED 2004 CLARE VALLEY GRENACHE SHIRAZ. Light to medium body, spicy, smooth and soft. At its best when opened. $6.75..
9 BALLAST STONE 2006 McLAREN VALE SHIRAZ. Perennial favourite. Rich fruit with a lot of US oak at a bargain price. 14.5% alc. $9.59.
10 CHATEAU TANUNDA 2006 BAROSSA TOWER MERLOT. Berry flavours, light oak and a supple texture make this an appealing wine at a modest price.14%alc. $9.67
11 YALUMBA 2005 BAROSSA SHIRAZ VIOGNIER. Classic Barossa shiraz from a great vintage. Very satisfying. 14.5%alc. $13.84.
12 STEPHEN JOHN 2006 CLARE VALLEY SHIRAZ. Plenty of sweet fruit balanced with new US oak. Not dissimilar to the popular Fireblock 2005 shiraz (TWS Autumn 2008) which is next door to this vineyard. 14% alc. $14..75.
13 YALUMBA 2006 THE SCRIBBLER CABERNET SAUVIGNON SHIRAZ. Some of Yalumba's best Barossa fruit went into this wine which won 2 Trophies in competition with other cab sauv/shiraz blends. Richly flavoured and in balance with its relatively high tannin this wine is a pleasure to drink now and also has the best cellaring potential of wines on this list. Highly recommended. 14.5%. Cork. $15.34.
14 O'LEARY WALKER 2006 CABERNET SAUVIGNON.. Fruit from selected vineyards in the premium Clare sub-regions of Armagh and Polish Hill River this cabernet has some cassis flavour character and is very approachable. 14.5%. $15.42..
15 SMIDGE WINES 2006 "ADAMO" BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ. Youthful purple and fruit dominant this outstanding wine is the best on the list for current drinking. Rich & smooth with 15.5% alcohol. A must buy for serious drinkers. Not available for tasting. Just trust us. $20.25.
16 MIXED WHITES. 3 bottles of each of items 3, 4, 5 & 6. Average price $9.09/btl.
17 MIXED REDS. 4 bottles of each of items 12, 13 & 14.. Average price $15.34/btl.

And remember this is a great opportunity for you to buy quality wine at a remarkable price, also, that the significant thing about the Wine Syndicate is that only the grower and the wine maker make any profit from the sale of the wine - there are no middlemen!! 

We look forward to having a tasting with you.

Scotland Island Cafe Open This Sunday!

Come along to the summer launch of the Scotland Island Cafe!!

We will be open from 9:30 until midday this Sunday 12 October - weather permitting - serving brunch, coffee and cakes...

The cafe is located in Katherine Park near to the Kindy.

See you there!

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