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Key Personnel Petra de Mooy Working on FLM comes with many rewards and Petra still pinches herself every time she archives another great story. When not wrangling content, you can find her hanging out with Jason and their daughter, gardening, or perusing the farmers’ market. Jason Porter Jason has worked as a graphic designer and creative director both locally and overseas for over thirty years. When not in the office, he can usually be found tweaking the crossover filters on his ridiculously over-the-top hi-fi system. Esther Thorn Esther Thorn is a storyteller. She has worked as a journalist for twenty years in print, radio and television. Esther believes small things, like commas and apostrophes, are important. This makes her an irritating dinner guest but a good editor. Lulu Our company mascot Lulu started appearing in way too many of our Instagram posts – so now she has her own profile (sad, we know) where you can follow her charmed life. Search for ‘miss_majestica’ if you’re so inclined.
Featured Contributors Holly Wyatt Holly joined the FLM family as Advertising Manager this Spring. After spending the past seven years on the road travelling, her heart and home are now firmly in the Fleurieu. Holly and her family moved to Myponga nearly two years ago, searching for small town life surrounded by pets, open spaces and a slower pace. Holly is also a songwriter/ vocalist in her band HYRS, which is currently working on its second EP. Her other love is visual art, which she has been practising for the past decade. Some of her work adorns the walls of the Fleurieu Arthouse, as-well-as houses across the globe.
Ella Vander Velden Meet Ella Vander Velden, a young, talented photographer based in southern Adelaide. She loves adventures, drinking tea, tousled hair, dogs, and Thai food. Full of wholehearted passion, she’s inspired by hot Summer vibes and driven by love. She wants to capture the real stuff; the raw, intimate, adventurous, clumsy, beautiful story two people share. Her endless hard work and vision continues to push her career to new heights. A graphic designer by trade, Ella now focuses on her first love, photography. She captures everything from family adventures, weddings, corporate shoots and even those precious newborn moments.
Publisher Information Leonie Hick Leonie has worked in the health industry for close to four decades, the last nineteen at the helm of her natural therapies practice All About Health, at the Aldinga Arts Eco Village. She has raised two daughters and has lived in the region for twenty-five years, enjoying the abundant opportunities for health and happiness this area provides. Leonie believes emotional and digestive stress are common causes of physical dysfunction and disease and her greatest passion is restoring a client’s trust in their body’s innate ability to heal.
Other contributing writers and photographers Judith Barr, Richard Bennett, Poppy Fitzpatrick, Robert Geh, Gill Gordon-Smith, Ellie Jones, Nina Keath, Rosie Knott, Mark Laurie, Kate Le Gallez, Heidi Linehan, Angela Lisman, Winnie Pelz and Corrina Wright.
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Weaving along the garden path, the hunt is always on. Lost in the flora you may find her, in-between the offbeat pots. Tending to everything from topiary to mowing the front lawn; the search can be a long one, under the beating Fleurieu sun. But you can rest assured, she will always leave small clues; scribbled on cut-up envelopes, even hidden in your food. When you finally find her, there will be a sweet reward; for Marjorie is a flower â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a crown our family proudly adorns.
30 FEATURED HOME: Self contained living. FRONT COVER PHOTO: by Robert Geh.
FASHION FEATURE: Summer Haze.
FOOD AND WINE
BOOKS AND WORDS
66 Uncorked – Wine Reviews by award winning Gill Gordon-Smith
38 Great Summer reads from Mark Laurie
80 Tim and Amanda Geddes: The Seldom Inn cellar door
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
84 The house of Pip & Pipi at Middleton 64 Gill Gordon Smith: The flying sommelier 94 Red Poles Chef: David Cilanto 28 Fiano: An aromatic and refreshing white to have with a sunset and friends 88 Cellar Door Celebration
12 Markets, Festivals and Events to keep you in the swing of things all Summer long 50 Fleurieu Fringe at the Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga 78 The Sailing Club returns: NYE weekend! Victor Harbor’s Soldier’s War Memorial Gardens on the foreshore
94 FEATURED HOME: Bailey Homes: GreenSmart Home Winner.
FEATURE : A breathtaking winery tour with Helivista.
42 FEATURED DESTINATION: No place like Port Elliot.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
36 Our happy place
26 Trailblazer Greg Trott: The legend of the vines
102 Ask a Local: Who is going where and why?
114 FLM sees who was out and about at: · Angela Lisman Art Launch · Launch of 1839 Wine & Tapas Bar · Fleurieu Living Spring 2017 Launch · Six Hands Dinner at Maxwell Wines · Drinks at Harcourts South Coast · Melbourne Cup at Salopian Inn
60 Create your Escape: Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek
106 Wildlife heroes: Dave and Leeza Irwin of Raptor Domain
ART AND DESIGN
90 The new nomads: A symbiosis between bird and beast
68 Scott Hartshorne: King of the drop shadow
96 Willunga Plains Flowers
22 Elliot and Josiah Dowie: Brothers of rock
72 Gorgeously Green (GreenSmart Winner 2017)
WEDDINGS 112 Renee and Chris Polesso; March 4th, 2017 Barn1890
98 Mal Day: Handcrafted knives 86 Boutique and Unique: Archer’s Arcadia 7
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Welcome to FLM From the FLM team We at FLM are pleased. Pleased as punch in fact. This Summer issue marks our sixth Summer issue – which by the way – just about tops itself. They say if you work hard, unknown friends will come to you, and quite honestly the number of friends known and unknown in this issue is just beyond awesome. We are above proud of what we have created and what better way to celebrate it than by reflecting on why we are so lucky. In this issue, we have a massive feature on Port Elliot. We asked some of these locals what makes the Fleurieu great and though we could not cram it into the already full pages of this issue, we thought some of it was worth sharing. Here is what locals from the Southern Fleurieu feel grateful for: Sonya Hender; The Strand Gallery – Port Elliot is a unique community, where something is always happening. From ever changing seascapes, wonderful food and coffee, quirky shops, creative hubs and an innovative and supportive community. Taryn Battye; The Village Square – Apart from the beautiful Horseshoe Bay, which is a great family beach, the town of Port Elliot has maintained a ‘village’ feel with an ever growing array of specialty shops. From fashion and food to furniture, it’s a wonderful place to explore and spend a day, a weekend or indeed a lifetime! David Elliott; Trafalgar House Port Elliot — Rugged cliffs, breathtaking coastal views, beautiful beaches, quirky shops, great eateries. Close to wineries, the Murray River and national parks!
John Kelton; Flying Fish Cafe — Port Elliot is very popular with holidaymakers and sightseers. Horseshoe Bay, where the Flying Fish Café is located, is a beautiful bay which is mainly protected from rough seas and perfect for families to enjoy. The neighbouring beaches feature great surf and are frequented by surfers and boogie boarders. The Port Elliot area contains many sites of historical significance, as it was considered as a potential major sea port in the early times of South Australia’s colonisation. Cat and Alex; Walter Melon — We have simplicity and a no-fuss style. Chances are, if you are visiting Port Elliot, you’re here to enjoy yourself and the lifestyle on offer. We are here to be a part of that! Mark Laurie; South Seas Trading — Port Elliot has retained its historical village charm with a range of eclectic and interesting retailers. The town has a small but welcoming community vibe, benefits from its open green spaces and is situated on a naturally picturesque point of the coast. Port Elliot is easy to either walk or ride a bike around. We here at FLM concur. So when you are sitting in your own patch of the Fleurieu this Summer with a Fiano in hand and another glorious sunset in sight, make sure you mark the moment with reflection and cheer. @fleurieulivingmagazine Below: The unmistakable jetty at Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot. Photograph courtesy of Ron Langman.
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MARKETS & EVENTS
Summer Diary Dates LOCAL MARKETS: Aldinga, McLaren Vale and Willunga
Aldinga Bay Art, Craft and Produce Market On the 4th Sunday of every month at Central Way, Aldinga Central Shopping Centre from 11am – 3pm. Arts and crafts from local artisans, as-well-as fresh local produce.
Kangaroo Island Farmers and Community Markets Lloyd Collins Reserve by the beach at Penneshaw on the first Sunday of the month from 9am – 1pm. Kangaroo Island’s top food producers, selling a range of fresh local produce in a great village atmosphere. Enjoy extra market days from 9am – 2pm in Summer months when cruise ships are anchored in the bay. For special SeaLink Ferry fares and cruise ship market dates, visit sealink.com.au.
Willunga Farmers Market In the Willunga Town Square every Saturday from 8am – 12.30pm. You must go just for the seasonal fruit. Oranges, persimmons, pears and apples – the freshest you’ll find! Don’t forget to buy a membership and receive discounts on all the fabulous local food. Willunga Quarry Market Adjacent to the Willunga Oval, on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 9am – 1pm, rain, hail or shine. Come and browse an eclectic mix of everything, ranging from secondhand tools to plants and craft. There’s always something new to see. Willunga Artisans Market In the Willunga Show Hall (opposite the Willunga Farmers Market) on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 9am – 1pm. Local art and craft, with a little bit of something for everyone. A great place to buy a unique, handmade gift.
Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor Goolwa Wharf Market The Goolwa Wharf Market is held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, from 9am – 2pm. With around 80 stalls, there is a myriad of goods on offer. Bric-a-brac, collectibles, fresh local produce, coffee and food, plants, books both new and old, and hand-crafted goods. Port Elliot Market At Lakala Reserve, Port Elliot, on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am – 2pm. A typical country market with plenty of fresh local produce on offer, as-well-as a good mix of other goods such as plants, bric-a-brac, books, fishing gear, and even a $2 stall. There is sure to be something for everyone. Victor Harbor Farmers Market At Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor, every Saturday morning from 8am – 12.30pm. Over 32 stalls, with locally caught seafood, organic vegetables, seasonal fruit, local honey, mushrooms, fresh flowers, Fleurieu regional wines and much more. Well worth the visit. The Victor Harbor Artisan Market Railway Terrace in Victor Harbor, Saturday, December 2, January 20 from 10am – 6pm and Saturday, March 31 from 10am – 4pm. Enjoy a showcase of talented visual, musical and performance artists, or watch as artists complete their work onsite.
Meadows Country Market Held at the Meadows Memorial Hall on the second Sunday of the month from 9am – 3pm. Up to 70 stalls of local produce, crafts, collectibles, plants and bric-a-brac. A true country market. Myponga Markets In the old Myponga Cheese Factory, next door to Smiling Samoyed Brewery, every Saturday, Sunday and most public holidays from 9.30am – 4pm. Enjoy browsing a variety of stalls, including art, books, fine china and glass, toys, local leatherwork, coins, records and fossils. There are also waffles and gelato for those with a sweet tooth. Strathalbyn Markets In Lions Park, South Terrace, Strathalbyn. On the 3rd Sunday of the month, from 8am – 2pm. A quaint, country-style market with brica-brac, produce, coffee, pies, apples, plants, soaps, jewellery and much more in wonderfully historic Strathalbyn. Yankalilla Market In the Agricultural Hall, Main South Road, Yankalilla on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am – 1pm. Craft and produce market featuring goods from the local area. You’ll be surprised at what you may find! Below: ‘The Sailing Club’ will be on again from December 30 at The Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens, Victor Harbor.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS: DECEMBER
Wine Machine Adelaide Saturday, December 9, Serafino Wines Hot Dub Time Machine perform a two-hour set featuring music from every decade, starting in the 50s through to now. Enjoy a huge day of wine, food and live music in the grapevines. Tickets $74.49
Fleurieu Race Day – Strathalbyn Racecourse Wednesday, January 3 Celebrate the new year at the races, with family and friends. All that is Fleurieu will be on offer, in a market environment in the undercroft. Create your own food trail and enjoy our picturesque lawns . General Admission: $10.00
Twilight Races – Strathalbyn Racecourse Wednesday, December 20 Join us for our first ever Twilight Races, with a DJ spinning the tunes, food van from Caro Club (My Kitchen Rules winners 2017). Get your friends and work groups together. Packages available on-line. General Admission: $10.00
Bungala Bridge Fun Run Bungala Park, Normanville on Sunday, January 14. Take part however you like – run, jog, dance, roll or walk your way around the course. Random prize giveaways, a kids’ race and an idyllic location makes this a fun day for the family and seasoned runners alike!
The Lions Family Christmas Party Normanville Saturday, December 24 The Lions Club of Yankalilla presents the Lions Family Christmas Party. This will be a fun event for the whole family on Christmas Eve. Activities for the children include face painting, rides and a visit from Santa. Come and enjoy the all the fun and festivity!
Santos Tour Down Under January 13 – 21 Professional cyclists from around the world participate in the Santos Tour Down Under. Cheer them on and take part in the activities across the region, including McLaren Vale, Willunga, Aldinga and Victor Harbor. Information at www.tourdownunder.com.au.
Normanville New Year’s Eve Pageant Sunday, December 31 from 7.30pm, Normanville Foreshore. Locals and tourists alike cheer on the colourful floats as they wind their way to the beautiful Normanville foreshore. A fun-filled, family evening on the beachfront with music, amusements and fireworks at 9.45pm. The Sailing Club Saturday, December 30 – Monday, January 1 at the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens – Victor Harbor The Saturday showcases a chilled, acoustic, blues and root set featuring Laura Hill, Georgia Carey and Cal Williams Jr Band. Sunday has a family friendly vibe with DJs and live music to bring in the New Year. And on New Year’s Day an exciting line up of local and interstate DJs is scheduled, including Luke Million, Morgen Wynn and Troy J Been. Fleurieu Heritage Experience Victor Harbor and Goolwa Take a trip back in time with the Fleurieu Heritage Experience during December. Setting out from Victor Harbor, participants will travel to Goolwa aboard the scenic Cockle Train. They can then cruise from the historic Goolwa Wharf on wood paddle steamer Oscar W, before once again taking the train back to Victor and boarding the horse-drawn tram to Granite Island. Contact the Victor Harbor Visitor Centre for details of how to book. (08) 8551 0776 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cinema Among the Vines and Twilight Market McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Saturday, January 20. Bring a rug, a beanbag and a picnic and take part in the celebrations after Stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under. Enjoy live music, food and a glass of wine among the vines. Compass Cup Main Oval, Mount Compass Saturday, January 27, gates open 11am Be a part of Australia’s only cow race! It’s a fun, exciting, unique family day. Loads of entertainment, sideshows, food stalls and crowd-participation events. Adults (14+) $8, Children under 14 gold coin donation. Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic Lower River Murray, Goolwa SA Saturday, January 27 The iconic race takes in 50 kilometres from Milang across Lake Alexandrina to Port Sturt and down the River Murray, past Clayton to the river-port of Goolwa. For a full program visit: www.goolwaregattaweek.com.au Free family event.
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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS cont: FEBRUARY Strathalbyn Cup Sunday, February 4 Where the city and country meet. Get your best frock on and head to Strathalbyn for a day at the races. Fashions on the field and quality racing. There is something to do for the whole family. General Admission: $20 per person Fleurieu Film Festival From February 9 – 11, enjoy three days of short films with this year’s theme of ‘fire’. Opening night commences Friday, February 9 at 6.30pm – 11.30pm at Serafino Wines. Attend a screening of the 10 finalists on Saturday, February 10 at Yankalilla Memorial Oval from 6.30pm – 11.30pm. Bring picnic rugs, enjoy live entertainment, good food and good wine, while watching an impressive showcase of short films. Tickets & information available at: fleurieufilmfestival.com.au. SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival 2018 February 15 – 17 Join a crowd of over four thousand people for racing, fashion and entertainment in true country racing spirit. The best horses will come from far and wide to compete in Kangaroo Island’s biggest race. For Cup Day packages, Long Lunch Marquee, travel and accommodation bookings contact SeaLink on 13 1301 or sealink.com.au. Fleurieu Fringe 2018 Sauerbier House Culture Exchange – Port Noarlunga February 16 – 25, Fridays 5pm – 9pm, Saturdays 5pm – 10pm, Sundays 11am – 3pm. Adelaide’s Southern Outdoor Fringe Hub over two massive weekends. Featuring world-class live music, performing arts, children’s activities, art installations, food trucks, bars and artisan markets at this Adelaide Fringe Award winning event. Experience a magical evening ‘Down South’ by the river and the sea. Fridays and Sundays: Gold coin entry. Saturdays: tickets from $20 via FringeTix full details: fleurieufringe.com
A Porchetta Party at Oliver’s Taranga Sunday, February 25, 12 – 4pm Hang out on the deck and lawns at Oliver’s Taranga and take your taste buds for a spin at one of the very popular Porchetta parties. A three-course Italian-style lunch, matched with Oliver’s Taranga Wines. If you don’t get in for this one, check the website for other dates throughout 2018. All-inclusive tickets: $100 from www.oliverstaranga.com/events or 08 83238498. Email: email@example.com.
ONGOING Feasts & Beats Every third Friday of the month from October to February at Serafino Wines, 5pm – 9pm Enjoy free entertainment with delicious local food and wine, while the kids enjoy the bouncy castle and beautiful green lawns. Fridays after Five Old Coach Road, Aldinga Every Friday from November to April, 5pm – 9pm Join the ever-increasing buzz along Old Coach Road and enjoy local market stalls, an array of food and wine and a good community vibe. Stargazing at McLaren Vale McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre, every second Friday of the month until March 23. Discover the Australian night sky with a laser pointer guided tour. View planets and other astronomical objects through telescopes. Book online, or at McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre before 5pm on the night of the event. Adult $35, child (3 – 15y) $25, family (up to 2 adults + 3 children) $100.
Below: Don’t miss this year’s Fleurieu Film Festival from February 9 – 11 at various locations. The theme for this year is ‘fire’.
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High flyers Story by Petra de Mooy. Photography by Heidi Linehan.
Page left: Pilot Paul Beck from Helivista with his 1969 Bell 47G. Above: The iconic Port Willunga jetty poles on a clear spring day.
Those of you who have visited the McLaren Vale wine region, or who are lucky enough to call it home, know the spoils of the region are both hidden and obvious. What is evident (from the thousands of social media posts) is that we boast a fantastic coastline and pristine beaches that encompass stunning geological features; silky white sand and the opportunity to enjoy much of this in virtual solitude at many times of the year. One can also appreciate some great vineyard views and the varying shapes and colours of the surrounding hills. The less obvious attractions lie in the boutique and off-the-beaten-track cellar doors, hosted by characters, connoisseurs and aficionados. You may have experienced a sense of headiness or lightness of being when you made these discoveries. Or maybe it was just the bubbles.
At FLM we have scoured most corners of the region to discover the truly unique charms on offer. But going up with Paul Beck from Helivista in his restored 1969 Bell 47G helicopter named Charlie was a whole new level. And with the doors off no less! We start out on a perfect blue sky day at Fox Creek Wines. The 19th century cottage, which serves as the cellar door, is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The interiors always feature a rotating roster of local artists, accompanied by some fantastic platters and their award winning wines. All of this is amplified when we soar above the vineyards surrounding the property, where we see the true scope and magnificence of the sea to vines views. Paul is an international airline pilot and still flies in and out of Hong Kong on a regular basis. Five years ago, Paul started Helivista and now runs tours out of the Vale and the Flinders Ranges. When he finally comes back to Willunga full time and retires from flying jumbo jets, he will have positioned the business as a premier experience and it is already making waves. Paul has customised his tours to maximise on what the region has to offer. Scenic tours, a lunch package at one of the many fine vineyard restaurants (the ones that can host a helicopter that is) or a winery tour. > 17
This page: The vines to sea views from the helicopter are absolutely stunning. Bottom left: The 19th century cottage, which serves as the Fox Creek Wines cellar door, is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Bottom right: The visibility from our Helivista seat was stunning. 18
This page top: Cruising over the hills surrounding the townships of Aldinga and Willunga. Bottom right: Paul Patagna – winemaker and consummate host at Sellicks Hill Wines.
It takes about five minutes to warm up but as we tip down and take off, the vines start to appear like a rolling sea of green. Flying due south/southwest we see our neat, rural landscape and within minutes – to the left – the township of Willunga. We are on our way to stop number two of the winery tour. It is a perfect day and visibility has never been better Paul says. Having lived in the region for close to fifteen years, I am thrilled to see the rows of vineyards dotted with gum trees and some stunning rural properties from a different vantage. We are going to visit Paul Patagna at Sellicks Hill Wines. I have been hearing good things about this location, but feel like a true tourist as I have not visited here before. The helicopter is actually not really fast so I feel secure flying and though it would be quite deafening, we use noise cancellation headphones to buffer the sound. Our pilot is in his element and I begin to understand that flying a three seat helicopter is probably a bit of a treat, in comparison to flying jets. I feel we are in good hands.
We pull into Sellicks Hill Wines, just a ten minute trip as the heli flies. The winemaker and owner of the Sellicks Hill Wines brand, Paul Patagna, is the consummate host and we are treated to a visit to ‘The Shed’ and some barrel tasting. ‘This one is really young and bright,’ he says ‘It is about as raw as it gets by winemaking standards.’ It is easy to understand why this becomes such a consuming passion. Paul explains the barrels need to kept topped up as the wine matures and how there is a delicate balance involved with how long the wine stays in the barrel and the age of the oak. The wines are grown in a fairly unique geological area, even by McLaren Vale standards. Lunch here isn’t on the itinerary, but I make a mental note to come back another time because it looks delicious. Okay. Time to do the foreshore tour. Again Paul marvels at how stunning the clear, blue sky and the azure seas are today. We even spot two pods of dolphins that look like little bath toys from up here. It is breathtaking and again we are overcome with appreciation for this region we call home. We pass over Sellicks, Silver Sands, Port Willunga, Maslin Beach (the only nudist beach in SA). > 19
Above top and bottom left: Serafino Wines for a cellar door tasting. Right: On a clear day you can see dolphins frolicking in the surf and the views stretch out for many kilometres in every direction.
Hard to see any details from up here. Phew. We end up close to Moana, before we turn inland towards the Onkaparinga Gorge. ‘Not many people even know the gorge is here’ says Paul. The gorge is hidden from all roads and major walkways, but there is a new lookout point where we see some cyclists enjoying the view. We head over some of the most picturesque vineyard properties in the Vale and view d’Arenberg’s Cube from above. Then we head south again to stop number three; the family owned Serafino Wines. We hover over the large fountain at the front of the property, before landing near the impressive buildings that house the cellar door, hotel reception, restaurant and function centre. We are greeted by Serafino’s daughter Maria Maglieri, who loves greeting Paul and his guests. After a quick flat white (I needed that) we are ushered to the cellar door where there are over thirty-two wines on pour. We could be here for a long while. I like the bubbles. 20
Paul tells us the story of Serafino building the business from scratch. The cellar door staff pride themselves on their excellent wine knowledge and many award winning wines. This is premium McLaren Vale. Paul thinks we are now seasoned pros in all things heli flying. The large gumtrees around the cellar door need to be scaled quickly and I am a bit breathless when we clear them in a matter of seconds and head back to Fox Creek. There things have started to become very lively with a convention of Border Collie owners showing up in our absence. Cheese platters and wine for the owners and a rollicking good time for the thirty something collies playing on the lawn. We are happy to watch Paul take off from the verandah while we chat with owner Georgie about some of their recent events. As I drive home on ground level, I have a new insight into the region and how wonderful it is … from every perspective.
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Above: Josiah and Elliot Dowie enjoying the fruits of their labour at a recently completed Port Willunga garden.
The first time I became privy to the skill of the Dowie brothers was during a walk down Quarry Road at Willunga. My father had recently completed a dry stone wall building course and when we stumbled across one such wall being constructed on the side of a bridge, he was clearly impressed. He told me he could tell it had been built by a ‘master stonemason’ with a lifetime of experience. On the return journey home we bumped into twenty-four year old Elliot Dowie and asked him if he knew anything about the wall. He shrugged nonchalantly and said ‘oh yeah, my brother and I have just been putting that together in our spare time.’ This chance meeting explains a lot about the Dowies. They are over achievers and ‘understaters’. Indeed, much of what the family does beggars belief, but their stories are always told with a shrug of the shoulders and a humble ‘it was no big deal’. The success of Elliot and his younger brother Josiah’s landscaping business is a case in
point. Dowie Designs was only officially launched three years ago, but already it has a loyal customer base and an impressive list of completed projects. I meet Elliot and twenty-one year old Josiah in a garden they’ve just finished working on. From the road, the home looks like a simple weatherboard shack, a couple of streets back from the glistening waters of Silver Sands beach. But as I crunch up the gravel driveway, the true beauty of the property reveals itself. A lush lawn is framed by recycled red brick pathways, leading to raised garden beds of painstakingly laid slate. Giant slabs of the same slate protrude from a curved freestanding wall, creating an unobtrusive bench. And centre stage, under a recycled timber archway covered in vines, is a water feature built from the same Willunga Slate. Elliot and Josiah’s work is a combination of rustic and organised, haphazard and restrained. On one side of the garden, an apple tree is tightly espaliered against a framework made entirely of recycled timber, aged and weathered with no uniformity. For the sixth and seventh children in a family of nine, Elliot and Josiah Dowie are surprisingly softly spoken. They each wait for the other to finish speaking before they say anything. They’re good listeners and are humble to a fault. > 23
Above left and right: The Dowie’s dry stone walls are carefully crafted and individual slate pieces are hand selected to tailor each job.
But one topic they are happy to effuse over is slate. ‘So, what is so special about slate?’ I ask. ‘It’s metamorphic but it looks sedimentary. It’s actually compressed clay,’ Elliot patiently explains. ‘There’s just a lot you can do with it and it lasts forever, it only gets more beautiful the longer it’s exposed. Each piece of slate is unique in colour, texture, size and shape.’ Willunga was largely founded on slate, after a man named Edward Loud discovered it on his property in 1840. Several quarries opened in Willunga a short time later and slate has been mined from the hills behind the town ever since. Elliot and Josiah’s appreciation for slate started when they began working at the only slate quarry that’s still in commercial operation. ‘They say the mine is exhaustless and it probably is,’ says Josiah. ‘It’s quite amazing; we’re still pulling huge pieces of slate out of the hill and the deeper we go the better it gets.’ Dowie Designs grew out of the brothers’ work at the mine, almost as organically as the slate itself. ‘We had a few customers come to the mine and ask if we knew anyone who could lay slate,’ says Josiah. ‘One day my boss just looked at us and said ‘these boys can’ … and so we did.’ Building with stone wasn’t unfamiliar to the brothers. Their father Rod Dowie was a stone mason and Elliot and Josiah watched him build the family home and then later completely rebuild an 1840s cottage down the road from the quarry. ‘We learned a lot from watching Dad,’ Elliot tells me. ‘A lot of the knowledge we didn’t even realise we had, but when we started laying the slate it just came instinctively.’ As the quality of their work gained a reputation, the business gained momentum. But for Elliot and Josiah the focus has remained the same - showcasing the slate. ‘It’s such a unique product,’ says Josiah. ‘Using slate is totally different to landscaping with concrete. For one it just looks amazing and then there’s the whole process of taking it out of hill, sorting it and then stacking it. Each piece is individually chosen.’ 24
The centrepieces of their designs are always dry stone walls surrounding the garden beds and water features, linking each element of the garden. They use a dry stack technique which, if built properly, lasts for several lifetimes. ‘It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle,’ says Elliot. ‘It takes a lot of patience but the end result is beautiful.’ Patience is a skill the boys learned early, thanks to the large family they grew up in. But they have no complaints about their somewhat unorthodox childhood. ‘It was great, we always had a friend everywhere we went,’ Elliot says. There were challenges, like squeezing such a big family into the two bedroom miner’s cottage. ‘The older kids all shared three caravans,’ remembers Elliot. ‘It was fun though, we were always moutain biking, climbing trees and falling out of things.’ A strong Christian faith formed the backbone of the boys’ childhood and continues to play an integral part of their lives. Their father Rod is the pastor at Willunga’s Coast and Vines church, and in a couple days, Josiah will fly to California for his second year at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. When he returns, the brothers have plans to strengthen the design side of the business. Elliot and Josiah are constantly challenging themselves. As soon as they mastered dry stone walls, they turned their focus to crafting steps entirely from slate and then creating water features. ‘We’re always looking to do really interesting and unique projects,’ Elliot says. But, he assures me, they’ll never stop doing ‘the fun stuff’. And by ‘fun stuff’ he means the work that has been done by hundreds of men from Willunga over the past 170 years; pulling huge slabs of slate from the hillside. ‘You can be working in the full heat of summer and we’ll pull out a piece of slate and split it and it’s still wet inside,’ Elliot says. ‘It’s a direct link to the history of this town and this land. There’s an element of magic to it, of something inexplicable.’
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The legend of the vines Story by Esther Thorn.
As the sun sets over the vines, twothousand mourners make a slow journey on foot from Wirra Wirra winery to a small rural cemetery on Strout Road. They tread quietly in the early evening light, chatting in groups about legend of the vines Greg Trott, who lived life to the full and was loved by so many. It’s twelve years since the unseasonably hot Autumn night that ‘Trotty’ was laid to rest in the McLaren Vale soil he knew so well. But those who were there remember his funeral vividly. Their gazes shift and their voices hush as they recall the procession past the vineyards. ‘There was something very ancient about it, very human,’ says Tony Brooks, one of Greg Trott’s closest friends. Greg’s daughter Catherine Trott agrees. ‘It was a way of healing, of just having to move forward and carry on, even with Dad gone,’ she tells me. We’ve met at Wirra Wirra’s Harry’s Deli for lunch. Catherine has only recently returned to the Fleurieu Peninsula. I ask her what it’s like to be back in this place, raised from the ground stone by stone by her father’s hands. ‘It feels really good to be back,’ she smiles. ‘I can feel him in the walls and hear his voice in the wind.’
When Greg did restore Wirra Wirra, he did so almost singlehandedly. ‘There’s a story about the council coming to inspect the winery and the officer asked Greg if he had planning approval,’ says Tony. ‘Greg just looked at him and replied: ‘It’s just a bit of repairs and maintenance’.’ Greg never sought to be a serious winemaker and therefore put a lot of faith in those he employed, including a young Ben Riggs. ‘I was twenty-two years old and my own father had died just eleven months before I started working at Wirra,’ says Ben. ‘Trotty never tried to be a father figure for me but we were really good mates.’ Like everyone who was a part of Greg Trott’s life, Ben has a multitude of stories. When his boss decided Wirra Wirra needed a fence, no ordinary fence would do, it had to be what is now known as Woodhenge. ‘He’d heard about some huge trees that had fallen down and the next thing a truck arrived with these gigantic logs on board,’ says Ben. Everything Greg did, he did with a vision of creating permanency and improving McLaren Vale, the town he loved so much. He was always dreaming up ways to put ‘The Vale’ on the map. One of them was the huge Angelus bell that now graces Wirra’s lawn. But there were other ideas that never reached fruition, including a world-wide winery competition to see who could fling a flagon the furthest, using a medieval siege machine.
Catherine and her sister Emily grew up at the Trott family property across the road from Wirra Wirra. It was the halcyon days of the 70s and the girls, just eighteen months apart, had an idyllic childhood on the mixed produce farm. Their mother Joanne was a beautiful school teacher, who loved to socialise with her enigmatic husband Greg by her side.
But Greg Trott’s life wasn’t all frivolity. When his daughters were in their late teens, Joanne Trott was killed in a car accident. Greg was cast adrift. He was homeless in his own house, a refugee in the community he’d helped create. ‘It was like a punch to the chest for all of us really,’ says Catherine. ‘And our family kind of went separate ways.’
The family wasn’t wealthy but Greg was a dreamer, thinker and creator, who was always looking for ways to improve the farm. But then the grape glut hit and the Trott family was left without a buyer for their grapes. ‘The farmers decided to form a co-op to process their own grapes and that was the start of it,’ says Tony. ‘There was this eureka moment where Greg and his cousin were looking across the road and they realised they could rebuild Wirra Wirra.’
In later years the family reconnected. Greg found love again, and built a new home, in which he happily saw out the rest of his days. There Greg was able to dedicate more time to his other great love, cricket. He made sure the central hallway was big enough for a cricket pitch, in case a particular stroke had to be demonstrated to dinner guests. Our lunches have arrived. Both Catherine and Tony have ordered the Son of Trott Pie, a spin on Chef David Swain and Greg Trott’s famous lamb, shiraz and kalamata olive pie. There’s a sense of communion as we drink from our glasses of Wirra Wirra wine and remember a man who touched the hearts of so many. To Greg Trott, who never gave misery an even break, nor bad wine a second sip.
The winery had been abandoned in the 1930s and all that was left were two ironstone walls and open-air slate fermentation tanks. Greg Trott’s first vintage was processed in those tanks, well before the winery was rebuilt. 26
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Fiano is emerging as an important white wine grape variety for the McLaren Vale region. Originating from Italy’s Campania region, Fiano can make a range of styles from light to full bodied, dry to sweet, and early drinking to age worthy. It is one of the oldest Italian wine grape varieties, but was actually quite rare until the wonderful Mastroberardino estate in Campania brought it back from the brink of oblivion in the 1940s. This proved a lucky turn of events for the Fleurieu as Fiano really does suit our soils and climate and maintains its bright acidity in hot tea conditions. OLIVER’S TARANGA Oliver’s Taranga 2016 Fiano This minimal intervention Fiano is made with indigenous yeast, without the use of oak and has no added acid. It’s a light, refreshing soft, dry white, with subtle charms. Bright, welcoming straw-green in colour, this wine embraces both savoury and fruity nuances with ginger spice, sliced lime, cheese and beer notes. Oliver’s Taranga 2016 Fiano is a mouth filling wine with attitude and a strong, racy structure. oliverstaranga.com
ZERELLA Zerella 2017 La Gita Fiano
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‘La Gita’ roughly translates to The Journey. The La Gita range showcases grape varieties native to Italy, where the Zerella family originates from. It is a tribute to Jim Zerella’s grandfather’s courageous journey from southern Italy to South Australia in search of a brighter future for his family, their passion for the land, viticulture and winemaking. This wine is refreshing and has lifted elderflower and smoky spice, cut lemongrass flavours. La Gita Fiano has been crafted using minimal winemaking intervention to highlight the natural characteristics of this grape variety. zerellawines.com.au
The 2016 Bremerton Fiano is aromatic and intensely flavoured, giving fresh lifted, citrus curd notes, balanced by a textural nuttiness and fresh acidity. After pressing, the free-run juice was cold settled before being racked and fermented under cool conditions. The wine will continue to develop mouthfeel and texture with additional bottle maturation. Whilst it can be enjoyed on its own, like all Italian varieties this wine does shine when paired with food. bremerton.com.au
2016 Lino Ramble Ludo Fiano The fruit for this wine was sourced entirely from the Lacey Family Branson Road Vineyard. One third of the grapes were crushed and destemmed into old French oak puncheons and two thirds were left on skins for sixty days - all wild ferment and no additions. The winemakers worked with the naturally generous phenolics of Fiano by incorporating skin contact during fermentation for a portion of this final blend. The result is a wine of fresh natural acidity with quince, lemon rind and almond meal flavours. A complex and savoury wine with a full textural mouthfeel. linoramble.com.au
All wines at Beach Road are hand made using traditional winemaking methods with a lot of love and laughter (and maybe a bit of hard work). Our Fiano, like our winemaker, is luscious, generous and curvy in all the right places. With a vibrant colour that shines in the glass, aromas of butterscotch, honey and orange blossom, this wine has a full and rich mouth feel that coats the mouth and calls to a delicious meal or beautiful Fleurieu sunset. beachroadwines.com.au
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Page left: Martina and Uli Kruger at their newly built container home. Above: The front entrance features a painting by local artist Andrew Munn.
In 2011 the New Zealand city of Christchurch was devastated by an earthquake. Its central business district and landmark buildings were hardest-hit and, due to the geology and complexity, rebuilding the city was going to take time. The creative and intrepid Kiwis found a remarkable temporary answer; they rebuilt the central shopping mall with shipping containers. Painted in brilliant colours of lime green, orange, turquoise and yellow, the container mall became an instant tourist attraction - and has been a commercial success for the traders, as well as a step towards the rebuilding of Christchurch. Closer to home, in Normanville, set back behind a huge old Moreton Bay Fig tree and a massive Strelitzia is a shipping container house that echoes the colours of Christchurch and was partly inspired by the New Zealand achievements.
Its owner-builder/designers Uli and Martina Kruger have created an outstanding example of stylish, self-contained living. Two shipping containers, set with a space in between them, have been transformed into a light-filled, spacious and elegant contemporary living area. It’s the third house Uli and Martina have built themselves. The first was of stone, the second was of wood, but unlike the three little pigs, ‘we skipped the house built of straw and decided to go for steel’ says Uli. And the end result is not a house that any amount of huffing and puffing from a big bad wolf is going to blow down! Uli is a professional inventor with an engineering background, and it was the structural integrity and strength of the shipping container that made it an attractive building option. ‘The container is a self-supporting structure, and although it might seem counter-intuitive, it gives you a lot of freedom to play around with the design,’ he tells me. ‘You can cut away and add sections without compromising the strength.’ >
Page left and above: The Krugers have managed to combine an elegant, light-filled sense of serenity and simplicity with an edgy sense of energetic colour, along with some ‘wow’ features.
Sections have been added in structural steel and Uli points out examples like the windows that, had they been constructed in wood, would have required heavier framing and load-bearing timbers. The use of steel has created a ‘lighter’ structure, which gives a feeling of lightness to the entire house. Externally there are few clues as to the origin of the structure. A couple of walls remain uncovered sections of the container, painted a bright teal green. Other sections and infill walls have been constructed from Hebel, whilst the front entrance features two wooden walls created from recycled hardwood, providing a wonderful textured contrast and links to the Leafy Sea Dragon mural created for the entrance door by local artist Andrew Munn.
Internally the Krugers have managed to combine an elegant, lightfilled sense of serenity and simplicity with an edgy sense of energetic colour and some ‘wow’ features. These include the pressed aluminium wall in the master bedroom and a shiny embossed metal coating on the inside of the entrance door. These were made by Adelaide Pressed Metal, a local company that had the foresight and imagination to purchase all the old patterns used many years ago, which were originally made in cast gypsum and pressed tin. These design features are Martina’s ideas. ‘I’m just the tool,’ says Uli laughingly. It was also Martina’s idea to extend the bathroom shower by adding a corrugated half-tank to the side of the house, projecting out from the outer wall. The bathroom door also reflects the industrial origins of the container, with a sliding door hanging from industrial rollers. Inside however, the free-standing bathtub, tapware and minimalist finishes are pure elegance and simplicity. > 33
Page left and above left: Almost everything in the home is a find or has a story. The driftwood cabinet in the open plan living area by neighbour Andrew Munn grounds the room in earthy goodness. Above right: It was Martina’s idea to extend the bathroom shower by adding a corrugated half-tank to the side of the house, projecting out from the outer wall. The skylight was a lucky addition.
Internally the Krugers have managed to combine an elegant, light-filled sense of serenity and simplicity with an edgy sense of energetic colour and some ‘wow’ features. The project has been a labour of love and commitment. It has taken three years to complete, but much of the time-lag has been due to Uli’s work, which regularly takes him around the globe working for international clients. In between, with the help of Martina, he has done almost everything himself, from preparing the first plans, to securing the containers, to designing the footings and undertaking most of the construction work.
Between them, Uli and Martina have plans for a beautifully landscaped garden; stone walls, pebbled areas and supplementary planting to add to the very old trees that were planted by the previous owner. There is a huge mulberry tree, ancient Agonises and three magnificent palms. They are indebted to that previous owner for having the foresight to plant these trees, especially the Moreton Bay Fig and the Strelitzia, which almost seem to grow into the house.
Container-built houses are frequently promoted as ‘cheap alternative housing’ and in parts of the world, this has been their main function. Uli states that they ‘did not set out to build a super-cheap house’. The containers themselves were one of the cheaper elements; it cost $7000 for the two and another $3000 for a crane to lift them into place. However, the finishes of the house, including the imported windows with double glazing and high-quality fittings, have elevated the overall cost.
They believe the Moreton Bay Figs were planted at the same time as the trees in Jetty Road, leading down to the Normanville Beach, and they love the fact that their new house sits on the same footprint as the beach-house that was built in the 1950s and in which they used to come and stay, after they bought it in 2003.
The house has all been designed and built on a modular system. Uli regards it very much as a prototype and maintains that the modular approach would enable a most cost-effective building process to be developed. ‘If we were to build the same house again, and the modular system was followed, much of the house, such as windows, storage and infill walls could be prefabricated. A kit home could be manufactured for under $100,000,’ he estimates.
Uli proudly points to a set of steps leading up the deck of the container house and explains that they belonged to the old house and that he refurbished them to retain a link to that history. In another 60 years time, the trees will be even more magnificent and it is hoped that the container house will still be there for another generation to enjoy and add their personal touches to. The way we live will be vastly different and perhaps building with shipping containers will be no longer a novelty but an effective and creative way to construct living and working spaces. 35
Above: Kristin Nelson from Fleurieu Yoga loves having down time at the beach with her daughter.
Our happy place Story by Leonie Hick.
At my weekly visit to the Willunga Farmers Market, I bump into sixteen-year old Sienna, who has recently relocated west of the city. ‘I miss this place’ she says. ‘Nothing compares, it just makes me feel so good when I come back!’ The greatest gift we can offer humanity is our own personal growth toward a state of stillness, which in turn allows us to enjoy greater peace and happiness. By extension this makes for happier families and communities and ultimately a happier planet. The increased popularity of meditation and yoga, especially among our younger demographic, highlights the beginnings of selfresponsibility and a desire to live in a happier state. Within this era of enlightenment, we are encouraged to look internally for our source of joy, as opposed to in our external world. Addictions such as work, electronic devices and drug and alcohol use seduce us by artificially enhancing our well-being! Truth is, our region and community provides an ever-growing platform for self-expression, connectedness and happiness. The catch is, it seems our growth toward happiness is reliant on some level of pain and suffering to wake us up to the fact we are not here to suffer! Life really is meant to be easy. This series aims to shine a light on some of the ways that this region nurtures our happiness. ‘Good morning happy, healthy, wealthy and wise,’ is a catchcry a dear friend used to greet me with and one I began to mimic with my young daughters. I might add that this was often met with a laser glare over the bedsheets, firing beams of teenage angst in the direction of my overly exuberant self. But it is also something they admit they are likely to repeat as they now see its value and are grateful for their Fleurieu roots as they navigate adulthood. PART 1: HAPPY To suggest that one region, could be the panacea sounds fanciful. But I am prepared to run the risk of suggesting that the Fleurieu, world-class in its lifestyle offerings, can assist in this journey toward happiness. The resources we have at our fingertips are here to have us emerge from the rubble of life’s grief and remind us of our true state of wellbeing, while celebrating abundance. 36
There’s certainly no one-size fits all model for joy, however the diversity of options for those looking to soothe their souls is on tap. Some choose laughter wellness sessions, such as those provided by Katrina McDonnell, at the Aldinga Arts Eco Village. ‘A DOSE of happy hormones as the acronym suggests - dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins - are produced when we laugh,’ Katrina explains. ‘Doesn’t it make sense to set aside time to deliberately create more by choosing to laugh?’ In a similar vein, yoga, meditation and Qi Gong studios, are abundant throughout the region, reflecting local’s preference for more intimate experiences when getting their Zen-fix. Chinese medicine practitioner, acupuncturist and Qi gong teacher Paige Olsen, with her husband Tom Hajdu, made a deliberate move to the Fleurieu from California. The move was based on the decision to find a location offering clean air, clean water, clean soil, a healthy lifestyle, and economic opportunity. ‘It feels like this part of the world is largely untouched by pollution,’ Paige says. ‘The Fleurieu represents the idyllic lifestyle that my parents experienced growing up in the US, but not so common there anymore. We couldn’t be happier here!’ Others find joy not by looking inward, but rather the opposite, engaging with the community through a range of more social pursuits. The runaway success of events such as Aldinga’s Fridays After Five and the live music event Laneway Love, provides lively entertainment for all ages. Once a quarter, in picturesque vineyard somewhere in the region, you’ll find a gathering of women who are part of the networking group Love Local Fleurieu. LLF Mastermind Claire Byrt, provides local women, mothers, and business owners with strong emotional connection within the collective intelligence and expertise of the group’s membership base. Ultimately, happiness is in the eye of the beholder, some would say it’s a choice and is completely subjective. Just fortyfive minutes from the City, we are surrounded by a panorama of natural beauty, rich family history, world-class contributions from local musicians, artists, winemakers, healers, food producers and small business owners. We are in the box seat to choose to engage in the opportunities that happily sustain us. Call me one-eyed but it’s a very glad eye!
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Summer Book Reviews by Mark Laurie.
when relationships were not electronically mediated, this book urges us to reflect on the gift that friendship delivers, our need for it to enhance the world’s joys and its power to cushion the fates delivered by an indifferent nature. If you read only one book this year, make it this one.
Force of Nature by Jane Harper Published by Pan Macmillan Australia ISBN 9781743549094 $32.99
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Published by Penguin Classics ISBN 9780141394954 $22.99 A warm, moving novel, Wallace Stegner’s last offering is worthy of its resuscitation as a classic of the last century. Narrated by author Larry Morgan, from the vantage point of his early 60s, he reflects upon the deeply connected lives of two couples. Begun when in their 20s in the years immediately following the Great Depression, the relationship is woven over years of returning to a family compound in the woods of Vermont, bonded ever closer by and within the successes and setbacks of their lives. At one point the narrator asks himself; how would you make a book out of lives as quiet as these, ‘without all the speed, noise, ugliness, everything that makes us who we are?’ The answer lies, it appears, in a beautifully paced and constructed narrative which combines an eye for nature, an ear for character and its development, a voice for lyrical language and a profound literary sensibility. Speaking to the decency and grace to be found within humanity from a time
In reprising detective Aaron Falk as the central character in another atmospheric thriller, Jane Harper has chosen to tackle the notorious difficulties of ‘second-book syndrome’ head on, after the considerable success of her debut offering The Dry. This time the setting is the fictional Giralang Ranges and the narrative is built around a four-day corporate retreat. As a team-building exercise, groups of five men and five women work colleagues enter the bush at different times and on different routes. The men return on time, the women don’t. When the women eventually stumble into camp, one of their number is missing. That the absent employee had previously blown the whistle, which sparked a corporate investigation by Falk, creates natural suspicion and draws him into the investigation. An exercise supposedly undertaken to build trust and enhance teamwork has gone terribly wrong. Suspense is built and the story developed by interweaving flashbacks from the women into Falk’s investigation. The claustrophobic and threatening backdrop enhances the sense of drama, tapping into the deepseated ambivalence of Australia’s settlers to the unfamiliar and inhospitable bush, passed down through our generations via art and literature such as Joan Lindsey’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. This gripping mystery will confirm the inherent evils of corporate team-building exercises for those readers who have been subject to them, and warn those facing their prospect. It will also cement Harper’s reputation within the genre, seeding the ground for more.
The Rub of Time by Martin Amis Published by Jonathan Cape ISBN 9780224076111 $35.00 This recently released collection of essays and reports, originally written between 1986 and 2016 after Amis moved from London to New York, spans literary criticism, political journalism, social commentary and personal reflection. Literary luminosities such as Nabokov, Bellow, De Lillo, J.G. Ballard, Updike and Roth are mixed with the likes of Trump, Nastase, Travolta, Maradona and Corbyn, amidst studies of America, Iran, Colombia, the rise of international terrorism and pornography. No longer enfant and perhaps less terrible with the experience of his years, Amis maintains his characteristic caustic wit, balancing it with an overt and unqualified love of language. He has a facility for acute observation and an ability to render and to explain, even that which appears unfathomable to those unprepared to traffic in karma and shoulder-shrugging references to a human nature. Far from the self-serving accounts of insiders and the stylised
diplomacy of the academic, these essays cut to the quick with unflinching directness, dry humour and spare, beautiful language. The author’s reference to ‘all the lavishness, the freely offered gift, of his sublime energy’ of Nabokov’s work could easily be self-referential. Martin Amis holds up the cleanest of mirrors to humanity and dares us to look away.
no intellectual slouch, making light work of the structuralism, semiology and postmodernism of the day, as well as their protagonists, in a way which manages to be fascinating, accessible and amusing all at once. Rapid-fire intelligence is applied to parody the academic ‘intelligentsia’ and much is made from mutual incomprehension between philosophers and pragmatists. It is of little surprise, but considerable enjoyment, that Superintendent Bayard sees university as a home for improbable courses, taught by slap-headed functionaries to work-shy lefties and others with no interest in learning how to do a job. So too that Bayard’s sarcastic utterances are considered endemic to such petit-bourgeois reactionaries by Simon Herzog, the young academic he press-gangs into helping with the investigation. In homage to Barthes, this is a writerly text empowering readers to apply their own culturally-infused interpretations to an intriguing array of signs and symbols. Reading it is also a great deal of fun.
The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet
Published by Harvill Secker ISBN 9781910701584 $32.99 A droll thriller from the young French author of the highly successful HHhH, set in Paris in 1980, amidst the philosophical hotbed of the French academe. The death of influential thinker and literary theorist, Roland Barthes, becomes the centrepiece of an intrigue taking in murder, secret societies, espionage and a secret document theorising a powerful, seventh function of language. Deconstructing the likes of Barthes, Foucault and Derrida, while maintaining the reader’s desire to keep turning pages fast is by no means an easy feat. The author is clearly
To Know My Crime by Fiona Capp
Published by ourth Estate Fiction (an imprint of Harper Collins) ISBN 9781460752807 $29.99
An homage to the noir of Raymond Chandler, Fiona Capp’s latest novel is situated firmly in Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula within the zeitgeist of modern-day Australia. The author has produced three previous works of fiction and of non-fiction, notably the prize-winning memoir That Oceanic Feeling. Her obvious love of the sea infuses the setting and much of the metaphorical quality of this new work, while the fast-paced plot has its protagonists dealing with domestic violence, disability and euthanasia, armed with the tools of psychoanalysis, meditation, self-help and some fluid delineations of right from wrong. They do so in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, which laid bare the rotten foundations of the Western global economy and its socio-political realities, and thus so profoundly and so disproportionately affected the lives of so many. Themes of love, guilt and shifting moral relativities are explored as the worlds of Ned and his sister Angela collide with that of local politician, Richard Morrow. They each take new and different paths, directed by their pasts and their circumstances, towards consequences they are unable to control. In this entertaining book, the author leads us on a course in which the twists and uncertainties of the plot match the moral ambiguities and rationalisations of our time. 39
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No place like Port Elliot Story by Esther Thorn. Photography by Heidi Linehan.
Above left: Port Elliot Bakery never disappoints. Above right: The best seat in the house at Flying Fish Café on picturesque Horseshoe Bay.
It’s an ordinary weekday morning in between seasons; not hot enough to be Summer but uncomfortably warm for Spring. It’s the kind of day that most South Australian country towns would be quiet, perhaps a few locals picking up milk and bread or grabbing a quick coffee, but other than that the streets would be sleepy.
But not Port Elliot. The ‘village-like’ town, just over an hour south of Adelaide is humming. There’s a line-up outside the town’s muchloved bakery and the doors of the many boutique homeware, gift and clothing stores are flung open for the steady flow of shoppers making their way along North Terrace and The Strand. So what makes Port Elliot so unique that it has become a destination in its own right? There has always been something special about the town. The region was home to the Ngarrindjeri people for tens of thousands of years, who fished the pristine waters and lived off the fertile land.
Above left: The beer garden at the Royal Family Hotel provides a great haven for families. Above right: Fresh, in season and locally sourced produce at Jetty Food Store.
After white occupation, Horseshoe Bay was proclaimed a port and in 1852, the settlement above the bay was named Port Elliot after the Governor of Bermuda, Charles Elliot. The port was intended to create a safe passage for the Murray river trade which terminated at Goolwa, because of the dangers of the Murray Mouth. Goods and passengers were carried between Goolwa and Port Elliot on Australia’s first public railway, which was completed in 1854. But when seven ships were wrecked in Horseshoe Bay in just over a decade, the harbour developed the reputation of a ‘ship
trap’. The railway line was extended to Victor Harbor, which offered safer access for ships and Port Elliot’s role as a port came to an end. Like so many other former sea trade towns, that could have spelled the end for Port Elliot. But instead the town evolved and metamorphosed, establishing itself firmly in the hearts of South Australians. >
Top: Art openings are one of the great community building events provided by the relatively new Strand Gallery. WIth the new Thunderbird Wine Bar opening in early 2018 this will be a hub for both relaxation and creativity. Photo courtesy of Ron Langman. Bottom: The boho repurposed style of the Wildfire Tea Room. Photo courtesy of Jess Taylor.
Like so many who grew up in this southern State, my childhood holidays were spent at Port Elliot. Hot, sunny days were spent splashing in the azure waters of Horseshoe Bay, followed by fish and chips from the Flying Fish and a solid night’s sleep in the holiday house we booked every year. Today the Flying Fish Restaurant and Cafe is still going strong. Aswell-as its famous fish and chips, it now offers an a-la-carte restaurant and function area. Part-owner John Kelton says the focus is on the freshest seafood and Fleurieu Peninsula produce. There are so many outstanding dining options in Port Elliot, but for me, dinner at the Royal Family Hotel has always been a highlight. The quality of the food and experience is never disappointing.
Fresh, local food has more recently become synonymous with the town, with the opening of the Jetty Food Store on North Terrace. Owner Stephen Schmitz is passionate about permaculture and his commitment to quality ‘from the ground up’ is evident in the mouthwatering selection of fresh fruit and vegetables that grace the store’s shelves. ‘We are raising awareness of the importance of supporting smaller, local growers and market gardeners who struggle to compete in a globalised market of large-scale monoculture,’ he says. It’s people like Stephen who make Port Elliot such an interesting place to be. A stone’s throw from the Jetty Food Store is Ron Langman and Sonya Hender’s The Strand Gallery. It features works by local and emerging artists, inspired by the seascape, nature and environment.
Above left: A unique selection of clothing and home wares are always available at Folly’s On Ocean. Above right: Hana Home features furniture, porcelain and silk clothing all hand sourced from Japan.
‘Our gallery is welcoming to everyone (including small children and dogs on a lead),’ says Sonya. ‘We want to make it a relaxing and peaceful visit, without pressure to buy. People are encouraged to take artwork home to see if it works with their house and lighting.’ She says The Strand Gallery is perceived as a community, regional gallery, rather than a commercial gallery, which is something Ron and Sonya are happy about. The couple is currently in the final stages of opening a wine bar on The Strand in partnership with local winery Thunderbird Wines. Thunderbird Wine Bar will be a stylish addition to the town, which has become a popular spot not just for family holidays but also for ‘girls-only getaways’.
In between having my second and third child, I worked at fashion boutique Folly’s on Ocean on North Terrace. I was often envious of the groups of women who’d left their partners and children at home for a weekend of relaxing and shopping at Port Elliot. ‘The clothes and homewares here are just unique,’ they’d tell me. ‘You find things here that you’d never be able to buy in Adelaide.’ It’s true. Hana Home on The Strand stocks specialised vintage and modern, hand-sourced and inspired Japanese homewares, fashion and gifts. Next door is Mist Collective, with its strong, modern aesthetic and stunning range of bespoke clothing, tableware and skin care. Just down the road is the much-loved Living by Design, which stocks beautiful, coastal inspired homewares as-well-as women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. >
Above left: At Living by Design you will find furniture and home wares with a relaxed modern aesthetic. Above right: The Village Square is a collaborative space where you can eat, drink or shop. It features delicious cakes, home wares and gifts – along with some healthy options for takeaway.
Recently a collaboration of new businesses has opened at The Village Square on North Terrace. The project is the brainchild of Taryn Battye, who set out to create ‘create a fun space to eat, drink and shop’. ‘Along with delicious food for lunch and dinner, you can taste a drop at the Massey Cellar door and get some retail therapy by shopping our regional food products, homewares, kitchenware, gifts and fashion.’ she says. ‘We also offer a range of heat-at-home meals and made-to-order celebration cakes.’ South Seas Books has long been a favourite of Port Elliot locals and tourists alike. I have lost hours in Sarah Taylor and Mark Laurie’s book store, after intending to drop in for a quick browse, and instead finding myself immersed in a novel or reminiscing over a much-loved children’s book. Across the road is couple’s latest venture, South
Seas Trading, which is already renowned for its desirable selection of vintage items, handcrafted artisan pieces, art and design books and clothing and homewares. Another drawcard for Port Elliot is the impressive array of accommodation available. For a central, self-contained, four-star B&B, it’s hard to go past historic Trafalgar House. The youth hostel offers family-friendly accommodation, while Jimmy Smith’s Dairy, on Mentone Road East, is a truly romantic, luxury, adults-only retreat. Getting around Port Elliot is easy too. Almost everything is a short stroll, along streets steeped in history. But if your feet are weary of walking, the clever folk at Walter Melon have come up with a novel solution; e-bikes for hire. The scooters are perfect for making a trip
Above left: South Seas Books opened a new shop right across the street! South Seas Trading features art, craft and design, with a selective range of clothing, jewelry and books to complement. Above right: Mist features a relaxed and contemporary range of hand selected homewares and gifts.
‘There’s a line-up outside the town’s much-loved bakery and the doors of the many boutique homeware, gift and clothing stores are flung open for the steady flow of shoppers making their way along North Terrace and The Strand.’
out to the edge of town to the Wildfire Organic Tea shop for some of the finest tea you’ll taste and a bit of Boho style. Just out of Port Elliot is the new Fleurieu Aquatic Centre. When I visit, the aquatic centre is as busy as the town itself. In one pool an aqua aerobics class is underway with a large number of silver-haired participants smiling and laughing as they exercise in time to the music. In the next pool, a group of nine month olds and their parents are engaged in a swimming lesson. The babies’ smiles and giggles are as loud and open as those of the retirees; two groups of people at different ends of their lives experiencing the sheer joy of moving in water. >
Top left: The grounds around Trafalgar House B&B are full of charm. Top right: Walter Melon CafĂŠ has a great coffee, with a quirky and colourful vibe. Bottom: Port Elliot Beach House YHA is a great family friendly alternative for a place to stay.
Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this sense of timelessness that Port Elliot encompasses that ensures the town holds such a special place in our lives. When I take my children to Horseshoe Bay, their little feet crunch over the same hot sand that my own did many moons ago. The memories they are creating meld with mine and those of my parents, creating a sense of forever in our hearts.
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Above: Event Director Kylea Hartley (middle) at the Fleurieu Fringe 2017.
Fringing at the fabulous Sauerbier House World-class music, performing arts, children’s activities, art installations, food trucks, bars and artisan markets are just some of the things to look forward to, with the return of the awardwinning Fleurieu Fringe for two actionpacked weekends. From February 16 to March 18 a series of spectacular events will be held at Adelaide’s Southern Outdoor Fringe Hub at Port Noarlunga, which is sponsored by the City of Onkaparinga and run by Kylea Hartley. Kylea says there’ll be something for everyone at this Summer’s Fleurieu Fringe. ‘Friday nights will be relaxed, laid-back events, with buskers and a twilight market,’ she explains. ‘Saturdays will bring high profile, international Fringe acts and performance art to the community for ticketed events. These will also include food vans and a wine and cocktail bar. And Sundays will be filled with family entertainment, children’s activities and the market.’ The Fleurieu Living Market and Festival Hire Food Hub is expected to be bigger, with more diversity. ‘We are so excited that the Fleurieu Living Market is going to be bigger and better in 2018,’ says Kylea. ‘We started out as purely an artisan market with artists of original works, but we are adding more diversity with stalls selling quality vintage clothing and homewares, handmade beauty products, produce and more.’ The full entertainment program will be announced on December 8, but already the line-up is set to include international Fringe artists and local favourites like Laura Hill, Jeremiah Johnson and Movin’ Melvin Brown as-well-as the Madhouse Circus and the Ukulele Death Squad. ‘I am proud to bring this really popular event back in 2018 and can’t wait for the region to experience the culture, community and spirit 50
that will be on offer,’ Kylea says. ‘Bringing the Adelaide Fringe to the southern community, meeting and working with incredible, inspiring artists and providing a vibrant event for local artists and businesses is why I love putting this festival together.’ Entry to Kylea Hartley’s Fleurieu Fringe Fridays and Sundays is a gold coin donation and tickets to Saturday shows are available from FringeTix, with prices starting at $20. After the two jam-packed weekends of the Fleurieu Fringe, Sauerbier House will continue to ‘fly the Fringe flag’ by opening its Arts Bar from March 2 to March 16. Artist Tim Casiero and Sauerbier House artist in residence, Henry Jock Walker will fill the galleries with invigorating art and in Walker’s case, interactive exhibitions, bringing contemporary art into the Friday night spotlight. Henry Jock Walker will also collaborate with the Fleurieu Fringe, creating art installations and community art projects. The theme Retro Surf, reflects his work and involvement with the local surfing community. Jason Haskett from the City of Onkaparinga hopes the wider community will head south this year to discover this hidden cultural destination. ‘Friday nights at the Sauerbier House Arts Bar will deliver world-class music, art and performances by the beautiful Onkaparinga River for three relaxing, family friendly evenings,’ Jason says. ‘We will be showcasing local artists, including Aboriginal artists, building to a finale event on the evening of Friday March 16.’ The evenings, which are presented by Onkaparinga Arts, will be free to attend, with food and drinks available for purchase. People are also invited to bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxed night out on Friday, March 2, 9 and 16 from 5pm-9pm. For more information about these magical evenings during the Adelaide Fringe Festival visit www.fleurieufringe.com and www.onkapringacity.com/arts Please Note: There is strictly no BYO alcohol at the Sauerbier House Arts Bar.
16 JUNE - 22 JULY 2018 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the coveted Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize, a wonderful milestone not only for the art prize but also for the region. Promoting the beauty and diversity of this destination, the finalists in the 2018 Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize will be exhibited in McLaren Vale and Goolwa, drawing both artists and visitors to the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. A $25,000 non-acquisitive prize will be awarded to one of the finalists, with a $3,000 prize awarded for the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice.
THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS NOW OPEN. For more information about entry or attending the event, please visit artprize.com.au.
Summer Haze Photography: Ella Vander Velden of Wildhouse Photography. Hair by Kim and Makeup by Anne from The Gallery Hair Studio, Old Noarlunga..
Breezy dresses, colourful kaftans and long Summer days. and some of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brightest young social media stars hidden treasure that is Brooklyn Farm?
Reyes wears a cream bamboo dress and latte wrap from I Am Tall Poppy. Shoes: Miss Gladys on Sea. Chloe wears a white lace dress from Sound of White. Shoes: Miss Gladys on Sea.
Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve handpicked the Fleurieuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fabulous fashion, to model it. And what better location for a shoot than the
Mel is dressed in a lace jacket, culottes and high heeled sandals from Miss Gladys on Sea. Kristen wears a rose coloured off-the-shoulder dress and mules from Gorgeous Soles.
Miss Gladys on Sea exclusive; Kristen wears a yellow lemons maxi dress and Mel wears a wrap around tie dress both with strappy sandals.
Models: Kristen Byass and Melissa Zahorujko @theadelaidian The Adelaidian is a blog covering all things food, fashion and luxury lifestyle, both in Adelaide and interstate. Run by best friends Kristen Byass and Melissa Zahorujko, the business began as a sideproject to their university studies. Both girls share a keen interest in fashion and media. Since launching three-years ago, The Adelaidian has truly flourished, becoming one of Adelaideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading blogs with a dedicated social media following.
Gorgeous Soles exclusive; Kristen wears a white ruffle-sleeve dress and nude suede heels. Mel wears dusty pink singlet, cigar box pants and black suede heels.
Sound of White; Clothing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Accessories. Reyes and Chloe wear floral maxi dresses. We were blushing at the glow of these two. Shoes from Miss Gladys on Sea.
Model: Reyes Beard @thatreyes Born and raised on the Fleurieu, and now about to start her own family here, Reyes Beard certainly knows how to make the most of living in this region (just check out her instagram page @thatreyes)! Reyes runs her own marketing and public relations consultancy, which has gone from strength to strength since launching. Reyes loves working with many of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite wineries and businesses, as-well-as interstate and even overseas clients. Who says you need to be in a city to build a name for yourself, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much nicer doing it with a beach view and glass of vino!
I Am Tall Poppy exclusive; Reyes wears blue and white kaftan and accessories. Overlooking the hills at Myponga beach.
Model: Chloe Grayling-Steele @lovechloejane Raised in the heart of the Fleurieu, twenty-three-year old Chloe Grayling-Steele has spent most of her life in this beautiful part of the world. At just nineteen-years old, she started making hand-poured candles, which are now stocked in retail outlets across the region. In her downtime, Chloe can often be found soaking up the sunshine on our beautiful beaches. Her passion, however, lies in writing; when not creating copy and marketing materials for local businesses (from Cherie Em to The Quirky Cup Collective), sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on her debut novel - set on a very familiar stretch of coastline. Chloe is based in Morphett Vale with her partner Patrick, and their two gorgeous working-dogs.
I Am Tall Poppy exclusive; Chloe wears sage and white embroidered kaftan, complemented by a leather belt and Summer hat.
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Create your escape > Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek Poppy Fitzpatrick investigates
Above: Generous portions and fresh delicious ingredients are a winning combo at Apple Seed Cafe.
Strathalbyn is a secret worth sharing. The town’s heritage charms and village-like setting perfectly complement its agricultural heart. This antique paradise, with its many bars, pubs and eateries, oozes country hospitality. Strathalbyn also offers a unique fusion of historical influences and stylish modern pleasures. Less than an hour from Adelaide’s CBD, half an hour to the Fleurieu coast and just a ten-minute drive from the world-class Langhorne Creek wine region Strathalbyn is the perfect place to create your Fleurieu escape.
Stay here: The Strath Motel offers a unique getaway, combining the modern luxury of a four star hotel with the relaxed comforts of a country bed and breakfast. Just a short walk from High Street, it is the perfect home-base for exploring the town and all of its hidden gems. The Strath Motel: (08) 8536 3311; strathmotel.com.au
Eat here: For a central, family-friendly food stop, you can’t go wrong at the Appleseed Café, nestled in the heart of High Street. With an extensive breakfast and lunch menu of local ingredients, aswell-as an endless selection of house-baked treats, this place is perfect for a homely meal or a quick stop for afternoon tea with an ethically-sourced cup of coffee. Appleseed Café: (08) 8536 8195; appleseedcafe.com.au Save some room for a delicious feast just a short walk down the street at the charming and quaint Olfactory Inn. Ring the doorbell of the 1900s stone cottage and be greeted by Edie the Border Collie. Step inside and admire the interesting fusion of antique and contemporary décor, and savour a superb locally-sourced meal, washed down with a premium Langhorne Creek wine. Olfactory Inn: 0447 771 750; theolfactoryinn.com.au
Top: Front of house at The Olfactory Inn is our lovely host Lauren Alexander. Middle left: An array of choices at the stylish Toffish on Dawson Street. Middle right: Head to High Street Trading Co for a boutique selection of furniture and home wares.
Shop here: Adorn your home and your wardrobe with a tasteful selection of homewares and fashion at Toffish on Dawson Street; the best place to shop to ensure you return home with the perfect gifts for lovedones ... and yourself! Toffish: (08) 8536 8071; toffish.com.au Head to High Street Trading Co. to explore a lavish mix of boutique homewares, furniture and more, sourced from all around the world and of course our very own Fleurieu Peninsula. Find beautiful, contemporary slipcover sofas alongside antique Indian timber vessels to add elegance to any furniture collection. High Street Trading Co: (08) 8536 8441; highsttrading.com Rustic Gem, as the name suggests, is an oasis of antique goodies and various other country-style items to add cheer to your home. This High Street shop is an eclectic mix of old meets new. There is enough of the old though to ensure Rustic Gem remains true to Strathalbynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as the antique capital of the State. Rustic Gem: (08) 8519 0310 > Above: Visit the Strath Motel after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken in all the town has to offer and need to wind down. 61
Above: Rustic Gem is an oasis of antique goodies and various other country-style items to add cheer to your home.
Drink this: Taste some award-winning wines at Lake Breeze in Langhorne Creek, and take in the spectacular view while you enjoy some local meats and cheeses. The Lake Breeze Vermentino is the ideal Summer wine to wash down a fresh seafood linguine made with Goolwa cockles, available in the restaurant. Head to Bremerton Wines, rated five stars by James Halliday for the past eleven years, ranking them in the top five per cent of all Australian wineries. Cool down with a chilled glass of their Bâttonage Chardonnay and stick around for a feast of delicious gourmet pizzas, or order a big platter to share. Finish off your wine tour with some rich history at Bleasdale. Taste their multi award-winning 2015 Wellington Road Shiraz Cabernet and take a stroll through the winery to see old hand-hewn red gum vats and their famous 3.5 tonne lever basket press, built in 1892.
Above: Vineyard views abound at Langhorne Creek. Photo courtesy Lake Breeze Wines.
See this: After enjoying the many shops and eateries Strathalbyn has to offer, take a stroll along the Angas River to the picturesque public gardens. Pack some snacks and make a pit stop at one of the many picnic spots along the way. Bring the kids along to the Forrest Reserve Nature Play Space, which features a huge flying fox, a BMX track and a natural playground, where they can get their hands dirty. Relax on the lawns at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens, against the backdrop of the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church. Check out the heritage-listed Strathalbyn Railway Station houses and immerse yourself in culture at the Stationmaster’s Art Gallery. Jump onboard the Steam Ranger Heritage Railway to Goolwa, or winery-hop around some of the world-class cellar doors of the Langhorne Creek wine region, just ten minutes away.
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RUSTIC GEM A beautiful collection of old and new home wares and furnishings. Open Thurs to Sun 10 to 4 Telephone: 851 90310 20 High Street Strathalbyn
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The Olfactory Inn – Restaurant
A quaint cottage restaurant in Strathalbyn, 40 minutes from everywhere. Vines draping the old veranda create perfect al fresco dining. Or get snugly on the banquettes by open fires. Let Simon Burr ‘Feed you’, the five course tasting menu ... The food and wine is the best – and closest to home we can find. We like it local. 35 High Street Strathalbyn • Telephone 0447771750 E: email@example.com www.theolfactoryinn.com.au Lunch from 12pm Dinner from 6pm Open Thursday: dinner • Friday: lunch & dinner Saturday: lunch & dinner • Sunday: lunch
TRAILBLAZERS: Corrina Wright meets
The flying sommelier and her lucky landing Photograph by Angela Lisman.
It’s the early 1990s and you are on a Qantas Boeing 747 long-haul flight, cruising thirty thousand feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Wine obsessed, bubbly flight attendant Gill Gordon-Smith has invited you to an impromptu wine tasting in the tiny back galley of the plane. You squeeze in with other interested passengers, and Gill runs you through the wines available on the flight, focussing on her favourite region McLaren Vale. You’re not sure whether to be more amazed by Gill’s knowledge of wine ... or how far international travel has come. Fast forward to 2017 and Gill is still educating the world about wine. She may have swapped the Qantas uniform for her trademark allblack attire, and the cramped 747 galley for a myriad of classrooms, offices, bars, restaurants, convention centres and lecture theatres, but some things haven’t changed. McLaren Vale is still her wine region of choice. Gill grew up in McLaren Flat next door to Scarpantoni Winery. Her first job in the region was at the McLaren Flat General Store, but at the tender age of fifteen, she moved seamlessly into the wine industry at Settlement Wines with Vincenzo Berlingieri. Studying wine marketing at the University of Adelaide led to a move to Sydney, which opened the doors for Gill to become even more immersed in the world of wine. After landing a job at Qantas, she found herself working with a team of fellow wine lovers, and managed to visit every major wine region in the world (numerous times) during her years as a cabin crew member. Visiting the regions and wineries of the world only fuelled Gill’s passion for wine and she quickly became obsessed with learning as much as she could about the world of wine. Always looking for ways to combine her great loves - wine, travel and education - Gill was one of the creators of the Qantas ‘Sommelier in the Sky’ program. This program is one where cabin crew are educated about all things wine, including service, knowledge and tasting. Gill quickly became the main educator in this award winning program, spending the last four years of her twenty year career at Qantas teaching the program in numerous countries to hundreds of staff. In her words; ‘shamelessly spruiking’ the McLaren Vale wine region at every opportunity! Having travelled all over the world for many years, Gill made the decision to remain on terra firma, and left her role at Qantas to continue her path in educating others about wine. She moved back to Maslin Beach with partner Gary, and opened a tiny wine shop in the Main Street of McLaren Vale known as Fall From Grace. Inside 64
this ‘tardis’ of a shop, Gill set about bringing wines from her world of experience to the Fleurieu. She began teaching classes for the Wine Education Trust (WSET) as well as bringing TAFE wine programs to the region. It wasn’t long before Gill was bitten by the winemaking bug. Back in the Fleurieu and surrounded by grapes, she set about garnering small parcels of her own and began making wine with an unsuspecting Gary along for the ride as chief cellar hand. The Fall From Grace wine brand was on the shelves in 2012 with her 2013 skin contact Arneis winning 6th spot in the Adelaide Review Hot 100. Soon afterwards, the wine shop of the same name moved homes, first to High Street, Willunga then to Old Coach Road in Aldinga. Currently homed next door to Rosey’s on Port Road, Aldinga. The size of the shop still isn’t much larger than that of an aeroplane galley, but it is stacked to the rafters with quirky international and local wines. Always one to support local, small winemakers, Gill hosts regular tastings, where artisan wine producers take over the shop and show their wares to her customers. When not in the shop or the winery shed, Gill is not only busy tirelessly educating others, she has also been dedicating many hours to being a student herself. Over the past few years, Gill has been awarded accreditation as a French Wine Scholar and as an Ambassador for VinItaly, both requiring intense study for rigorous and hotly contested exams. Gill is especially excited about her upcoming trip to Verona, where she will be presenting on Italian varietals grown in our region at wine2wine digital. This one woman dynamo has taught so many students now that she jokes it is almost impossible for her to walk into any cellar door, restaurant or bar in South Australia and not run into one of her former students. She sees this as a big positive. ‘I always get really good service wherever I go,’ she laughs. Why the name ‘Fall from Grace’ I ask. Gill explains that when she left her secure, high flying corporate job to jump into the triple big unknowns of wine education, winemaking and small business retail, many of her colleagues looked upon that as a massive backwards step. Gill, however, is happier than ever, working harder than ever, and has many more things on the go. Many locals are very glad she took that jump without a parachute and landed back in the Fleurieu. Post Script: At the time of printing Gill has just been awarded the Wine Communicators of Australia Wine Educator of the Year, and overall Wine Communicator of the Year 2017. Congratulations Gill! These are prestigious awards and we are so very lucky to have her as an ambassador for our region.
FOOD & WINE
Uncorked Wine reviews by Gill Gordon-Smith CSW FWS
Christmas is rushing towards us and though it does get me slightly stressed, it’s also time to look at some new and delicious wines to help celebrate and lubricate the silly season. Sherrah 2017 Mclaren Vale White et Al Willunga locals Alex and Liz Sherrah are well known through their work at the wonderful Coriole. Alex led the winemaking team there for five years and Liz is the wedding and events co-ordinator. They have now launched their own project, Sherrah Wines and the experience working with alternate as well as classic varieties, has resulted in an exciting new take on the Vale. The wines are textural, fruit driven, thoughtful and entirely delicious drinking. Chenin and Fiano dance together in this unique and textural blend. Lifted, lively smells of fresh ripe pear, yellow apple, citrus and white florals with a green melon note, jump out of the glass. A saline, lemony tang on the palate is followed by fresh-cut herbs, crunchy apple, nashi pear and a chalky texture. Beautifully balanced, with refreshing acidity and long lasting flavour. This made me hungry straight away for fresh prawn and mango salad, fish and chips or salt n’ pepper squid from the Star of Greece. Summer in a glass. *Chenin Blanc is a grape grown originally in the Loire Valley of France, while Fiano hails from the Campania region of Italy. Both grapes are well suited to McLaren Vale’s climate and soils.
Finniss River 2017 Pinot Noir The climate is slightly cooler in this beautiful part of the Fleurieu, which is relatively unknown compared to other local vineyard areas. Adam and Lauren Parkinson have taken advantage of the unique microclimate of the Currency Creek region to grow Pinot Noir as-well-as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet in their Finniss River vineyard. This juicy and approachable Pinot over delivers both in price and style. Gorgeous, bright, ruby-red colour with smells of ripe, red berry fruits, strawberry, Christmas cherries and spiced plums. In the mouth; plum, cranberry, rich cherry, ripe berries and a long, spiced ginger finish. Perfect with Christmas birds, roast capsicum, beetroot and mushroom terrines, this is a lovely wine to chill slightly on a warm day. *Finniss River Cellar door is situated on Beach Rd, just a short walk from Christies Beach itself. Make sure to try the Pinot Rosé and Cabernet as well.
Battle of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz 2017 – Mclaren Vale The Bosworth family planted its first vineyard in the Vale in the 1840s and has been growing grapes ever since. In 1995, Joch Bosworth returned home to the Edgehill Vineyard to take over from father Peter. His vision to move towards sustainable, organic farming and viticulture has seen him noted as one of the most innovative viticulturists in Australia. The cosy and eclectic cellar door is a welcoming place, where visitors, family, kids and dogs mingle. Attention to detail, with certified organic fruit, no added sulphur and exceptional winemaking make this a wonderfully fresh, pure and vibrant expression of Shiraz that has you reaching for another bottle. Joven in style, bottled early with a bright and intense purple colour, this wine offers aromas of ripe plum and blackberry jelly. Lots of fleshy, black and red berries and juicy, plum skin on the palate with a lovely warm finish. Sometimes less is more, the Puritan is all about the plump fruit flavours and not a splinter of wood in sight. This is the perfect wine to enjoy with a barbecue or platters of smoked, sliced meats, grilled vegetables and olives. *Joven is a style of un-oaked, early bottled wine (from Spain), made to be enjoyed young and fresh.
V.Mitolo and Son 2016 Montepulciano Tony and Vito Mitolo run the fabulous Pizzateca in Mclaren Vale. This family affair is a truly Italian-style eatery that is based around beautiful, regional ingredients served honestly and simply with music, chatter, laughter and love. The V.Mitolo Montepulciano is made the same way. Bright berry fruits, lashings of dark cherry and plum skin jump out of the glass. It’s a social wine with round, soft flavours of blueberry, black cherry and a little aniseed touch, with the voluptuous nature of the ripe fruit cinched in by the natural acidity of the grape. It’s rustic, very ‘slurpable’ and perfect with pizza, Abruzzo-style meat skewers and lots of fun. *Montepulciano is a grape variety grown widely in Abruzzo, Italy. It’s now being grown in Mclaren Vale.
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Get into the swing of summer in Alexandrina... GrAphika exhibition by Lars Heldmann at the South Coast Regional Art Centre, Goolwa from 11 January to 18 February Silver Clay Workshops* at Goolwa on 8 January and Strathalbyn on 25 January Summer Swell Outdoor Cinema, Finding Nemo at Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot on 20 January Vivaldi Mozart Paganini, Chamber Philharmonia Cologne* at St Andrew’s Church, Strathalbyn on 21 January Adelaide Symphony Orchestra* at Centenary Hall, Goolwa on 27 January
Threads of Thought - The Language of Stitch at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa Wharf Precinct from 26 January to 12 March Karumapuli - My Country exhibition at Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa Wharf Precinct from 1 February to 4 March Summer Swell Outdoor Cinema, Ghostbusters at Langhorne Creek on 10 February Goolwa Regatta Week at Goolwa from 20 to 27 January Yesterday’s Power Rally* at Milang Oval on 20 and 21 January Compass Cup* at Mount Compass Oval on 27 January
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Scott Hartshorne King of the drop shadow Story by Petra de Mooy.
Page left: Turn of the tide: Alkyd on stretched Elite canvas panel. Above: Ocean Tidings Lepas anatifera, pelagic Gooseneck Barnacles on a jettisoned glass bottle, found at Mouth Flat beach on the South Coast of Kangaroo Island. Oil & alkyd on stretched linen panel.
I always love going to artists’ studios. It is enriching to see how they work, what they have on the walls and how they have prioritised their space. Scott’s home is not large and only has one main living area.
sculptural forms look close up, as the light falls across them,’ he says. ‘Small subjects made heroic, with cast shadows adding depth and abstract patterns.’
It was interesting to observe that the living room had been sacrificed to accommodate a large easel. Where one would usually have a couch, Scott has an office area with archived work on paper, a collection of his finished artworks, loads of books and a few carefully selected works by other artists that serve as inspiration.
Despite this early interest in art, and the distraction of doodling, Scott matriculated from high school with a scholarship to study economics, and with the encouragement of family, Scott duly entered the program. ‘I found I was a square peg in a round hole,’ he tells me. So after only a year he changed the course of his studies and applied for art school. Being pragmatic he then began a degree in Industrial Design, in the hope future job prospects would be a bit brighter than those for someone from a Fine Arts program.
Scott bought the 150 acre, heritage-listed mallee property on Kangaroo Island’s Dudley Peninsula in 2012. He spends hours working in this light-filled studio, while keeping an eye out for bird life and a mob of kangaroos that he observes daily. He finds great solace in the purity of the landscape and the vast array of wildlife, which all further enhance his deft artistic practise. Scott classifies himself as a realist, but his over-scale studies of native flora, sprigs, flowers, shells and found objects are as much about composition and the shadows that fall behind them, as they are about the lifelike quality of the subject matter. ‘I have always been inclined to produce realistic work, and wanted to explore how naturally occurring
Scott has always created art. ‘I’ve always been doing this,’ he says. ‘I won several art awards at school and spent a lot of time drawing on notes when I was in lectures.’
Early in the process, however, he met his now ex-wife and the overseas travel bug bit. Studies were put on hold, and when they returned from overseas, Scott enrolled in a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Illustration, at UniSA within the School of Design at the Underdale Campus. There he hit his stride, honing his skills in life drawing, printmaking, graphic design and illustration. Scott thrived and excelled, so much so that upon graduating he was asked back to teach part time. Before long he had become a sought after commercial artist and teacher. ‘I did a lot of storyboarding for the SA > 69
Top: Bombora. Oil & alkyd on primed linen. Eucalyptus cneorifolia, Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee and Turbo (Subninella) undulatis, Warrener Turban shells. Bottom left: Scott Hartshorne in his Kangaroo Island studio. Bottom right: Detail from Life Force Corymbia maculata, oil and alkyd on linen.
Film Corporation back in those days and designed stamps for Australia Post,’ he says. Eventually Scott landed a job as a retail art director at local advertising agency, Mattingly Woollard Cawrse. After a couple of years learning the ropes, he decided to move to Clemenger, Adelaide. ‘It was widely recognised as one of the best creative shops in town and the job that came up was just made for me,’ he says. ‘I was the agency visualiser, the so-called ‘wrist’, producing quick, slick visuals for client presentations. This was pre-computer and I did all the marker renderings.’ Scott was there for about eight years but left to take up an opportunity to work overseas. Eventually he was headhunted back to Clemenger and by the end of another prolific stint there, this time as an Art Director, he had become fully digitised. ‘I was working across all media, mostly print and press but with some TV, even writing retail radio commercials and TV spots, but right up to the end I would still get requests to do quick renderings.’ Which he did willingly. Back in Australia, Scott also began to study oil painting in much more depth at the Adelaide Central School of Art. He had it in the back of his head that he wanted to pursue art a bit more seriously. While at Clemenger, Scott met fellow Kangaroo Island artist Janine Mackintosh, who was working there as a print producer for a time. 70
By 2009, Janine had left the agency to concentrate on her art practise, and she encouraged Scott to do likewise. So at the end of that year Scott took the plunge, retiring from ‘the job’ at age 56 to pursue art in a more serious way. Early the following year, Scott spent two months on Kangaroo Island creating new work inspired by the Island. Later that same year he participated in the inaugural group exhibition of KI artists during the SALA festival at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. ‘I had seven pieces on show and sold all but one,’ he says. It was Scott’s first foray exhibiting as a full time artist. The strong graphic yet minimal paintings are gorgeous and have become Scott’s signature. Restrained but emotive, his work has wide appeal and has been shortlisted three times in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, winning the People’s Choice Award in 2012. Scott is thoughtful about how he sees the difference between his commercial art practise and his paintings. When he worked at Clemenger, everything was quick turn around and conceptual – it wasn’t meant to last. Scott appreciates it that now he is creating ‘work of solidarity that people are going to keep forever.’
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Page left: The gate is from Dee’s family’s old farm in Quorn. It was a sheep yard gate. ‘We wanted to incorporate some rural items that had sentimental value into the landscaping. There are three salt bush plants planted behind the gate to add authenticity.’ Above: The large beams at the entrance to the home were reclaimed from the Victor Harbor causeway. The beams serve as a framing device and give the home solidity and mass.
When Deidre (Dee) and Henry Nieuwenhuis decided to build at the seven star energy rated development Beyond at Hayborough, their brief to the builders was clear. They told Bailey Homes they wanted a sustainable house that was also a ‘home’. This vision ultimately resulted in Dee and Henry’s home winning the 2017 HIA GreenSmart Sustainable Home award. The Nieuwenhuis and the team at Bailey Homes were elated with the accolade. ‘You always hope it will happen, but you never know until the night,’ says builder Don Bailey. It’s not the first time Don’s won awards for his energy efficient homes and Dee is also no stranger to eco building. She worked for Sustainability House, one of the big companies in Adelaide performing energy ratings via thermal imaging and blower door or pressure tests (designed to measure how well a home is put together). Dee’s goal was to achieve a high rating for her own home. They certainly did this with the house achieving 8 stars along with the ‘best result’ previously tested by Sustainability House for their blower door system in South Australia and Victoria to date. ‘Victor and surrounds are climate zone six so it is really hard to even get six stars. This showed that the house was very well put together.
When Henry and Dee made the decision to build at the Beyond Development they had previously renovated four homes and built three. They’d learned a lot along the way, but working at Sustainability House really cemented Dee’s understanding and passion for green living. ‘It is just so logical to build this way,’ she says. The large beams at the entrance to the home were reclaimed from the Victor Harbor causeway. The beams serve as a framing device and give the home solidity and mass. They also pair new with old, which forms an important part of the aesthetic the couple wanted to achieve. The beams create a visual connection between Henry’s garage/shed/workspace (a non-negotiable) and the main house. The two structures are completely separate because, as I learn, an attached garage can lead to major loss in energy efficiency when it comes to heating and cooling. The cosy, sheltered courtyard however aids in the prevention of heat loss and cooling and also has the lovely effect of creating a protected and private entrance to the home. But the true ingenuity of the design lies in the details you don’t immediately notice. ‘Orientation is extremely important,’ Don explains. ‘The correct depth of eaves, with carefully located windows, good pergolas and good screening and deciduous vines ensures you get the cool feel from the shading in summer and the benefit of the north sun in the winter, after the leaves have fallen.’ >
Above: The cosy, sheltered courtyard aids in the prevention of heat loss and cooling and also has the lovely effect of creating a protected and private entrance to the home. Next page top: The home is fitted out almost entirely with collections from the couple’s Victor Harbor Shop Coastal Habitats – a mix of contemporary and rustic, for easy but stylish living. Bottom: The kitchen, designed by Goolwa Kitchens, features a mosaic look splash back and has a pared down, but highly functional aesthetic.
‘You have to work the house,’ explains Dee as she opens a window here and pulls a curtain shut there. The retractable shading and cross ventilation via windows and doors need to be operated at the right time of day and night to maximise the design benefits. ‘Having some southern windows down low brings in the cooler air and northern windows up high lets the hot air out. You need this to be achieved in as many rooms as possible, with the main living areas being the most important.’ says Don.
Dee’s long term interest in green living and building sustainably led her to working in the office at Beyond and she began to take courses and gained her qualifications to become an energy rater. ‘I then applied for a job at Sustainability House and worked with them for a couple of years.’ Here Dee truly began to understand all the measures required to make a building ‘perform well’. ‘I can give you the energy efficiencies pretty much verbatim,’ says Dee. ‘It involves combinations of orientation, zoning, insulation, cross ventilation and thermal mass.’
The windows are the latest in energy efficient design from Europe. The wood-look acrylic boasts an excellent seal and the thick thermal panes are filled with argon, which is more inert than air and therefore more effective. The insulation and sealing are so effective, you may have to open a window just to get some fresh air. This also eliminates dust coming in so saves on cleaning – bonus!
Dee and Henry chose Bailey Homes to do their build because Dee wanted to work with a local company that would be able to deliver on best practise for the highest energy rating, without compromising on craftsmanship and design.
Dee and Henry began establishing a property portfolio when they were young and as part of it they built an energy efficient home in Willunga. When they heard about the Beyond Development they wanted to get involved and initially invested in a display home being built in the, then new, development. ‘That was just an investment but we eventually moved into that home,’ says Dee. 74
The large tiles that extend from the entryway into the living area are polished concrete and tie in beautifully with the cabinetry and mosaiclook splash back in the kitchen. The kitchen is simple but highly functional and while the house works really well when it is just Dee and Henry at home, it also easily accommodates entertaining. Guests can spill outside when the weather is warm, or mingle in the generous open plan living area or around the kitchen island when weather is unsuitable. >
Page left and bottom left: The bedrooms are light and airy with a relaxed coastal vibe. Top left: Artwork and other objects adorn the dining room buffet. Top right: The bespoke cabinet, wooden ladder and plant holder in the main bathroom work well with the cool grey tiles.
‘I really enjoyed Deidre’s passion for energy efficiency,’ says Don. ‘She and Henry knew what they wanted and were very thorough with their expectations.’
refreshing the stock and making it their own - a reflection of the easy coastal lifestyle. ‘We both love the beach, water and lifestyle down here,’ says Dee.
While Dee and Henry are truly thrilled with their ‘most energy efficient house under $400,000’, it is the South Coast lifestyle they are perhaps most satisfied with. Their return to the region brings them full circle, after they met close to forty years ago at Encounter Bay. In recent times, the couple has become further entrenched in the community with their latest venture Coastal Habitats Furniture (previously Mica Furniture). ‘We wanted to rebrand to make it a better fit for us,’ says Dee. While retaining popular lines of furniture, they are
Their new home gives them the best of both worlds; engagement with nature and access to amenities. It has views of the hills to the north, is close to the beach and the Port Elliot township, while the landscape around Beyond features wetlands and walking paths and is a stone’s throw to the new Fleurieu Aquatic Centre. ‘I love sitting in the living room at night and seeing the twinkling lights of Port Elliot,’ says Dee. Idyllic indeed.
The Sailing Club returns Saturday, December 30 to Monday, January 1 at the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens in Victor Harbor. A musical and culinary festival like no other, The Sailing Club will be in Victor Harbor over the New Year’s Eve weekend. The event is of similar ‘flavour’ to the Fleurieu Fringe, but has its own, very unique style. Created by Sam Worrall-Thompson, the head chef of Jack Ruby and Alex Bastian and Tess Lindh, The Sailing Club brings together some of the region’s best local food and wineries for the ideal Summer escape. The Saturday showcases a chilled acoustic, blues and root set featuring Laura Hill, Georgia Carey and Cal Williams Jr Band. Sunday will have a family friendly vibe with DJs and live music to bring in the New Year. And on New Year’s Day an exciting line up of local and interstate DJs is scheduled, including Luke Million, Morgen Wynn and Troy J Been. There’ll be plenty of great food on offer over the three days. Stalls by local eateries include Americana fare by Kitchen and Catering, poke bowls by Fine and Fettle, Thai delicacies by Soi 38, Mexican favourites by La Cantina and Sunshine Ice Blocks to cool you off when things heat up.
The Sailing Club will feature local wines from Lost Buoy, Signature Wines and Mitchell Wines, plus beers from Vale Brewing and Clare Valley Brewing Company. Other premium brands will also be available, including Moët & Chandon, Belvedere and Ounce Gin. For an extra special experience, VIP booths are available for groups of ten to twelve. At a cost of $1500 you receive express entry, an amazing seafood platter, two bottles of Moet, table service and a glass for each guest. The Sailing Club is the place to be in Victor Harbor over the holiday weekend. Tickets are $20 per session if pre-booked; $30 at the door and children under 12 are free. If you’re planning a great New Year’s Eve, pre-purchase your tickets and plan to arrive early to beat the queues. Tickets can be booked through the website www.the-sailingclub.com.au.
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Page left and above left: Amanda and Tim Geddes at their recently completed cellar door, with Clive the trusty cellar door dog often on hand to greet guests. Above: The end wall is a masterpiece of parquetry, made entirely from old oak barrels. Flowers by Harvest Studio.
‘I couldn’t tell you this during the interview because Tim would’ve hated it, but Tim came to Australia with just five hundred dollars in his wallet and a backpack on his back and that’s it,’ Amanda Geddes says in a hushed voice over the phone. It’s about a week after I first met the Geddes at their Blewitt Springs winery and I have a problem – Tim Geddes refuses to talk about his (many) achievements. Indeed, Tim is so reticent to talk about himself that I have to go to one of his friends for information; Samuel’s Gorge winemaker Justin McNamee. Justin, in contrast, is happy to sing Tim’s praises. ‘As far as the colour goes, the texture, the wine’s flow and its ability to link into an occasion, Tim’s wine is really something unique,’ Justin tells me. ‘The greatest wine makers have always been very humble people and Tim is one of them. He’s just not about beating his drum, he’s about making great wine. Justin also explains that Tim and Amanda are the epicentre of the current generation of wine greats in the region. ‘They’ve created an environment where people from all different walks of life just want to come and hang out at their place.’ This I already know. The drive to build a cellar door at their Blewitt Springs winery wasn’t about showcasing their wines or improving sales. Instead it was to provide friends and associates with a centrepoint; a place to be drawn back to in their orbit around the region.
The Geddes have achieved this with a stunningly simple cellar door overlooking Blewitt Springs Road. Generous windows welcome an abundance of light, and the polished concrete floor grounds the room, creating a sense of permanence. The room has a hint of 1930s glamour about it, in keeping with the Geddes Wine Seldom Inn label. The style is a tip of the hat to Tim’s childhood, spent in New Zealand’s art deco capital Hawke’s Bay. ‘Everything Tim and Amanda do, they do for a reason,’ says Justin. ‘There’s a context to everything. The wine, the label, the cellar door it all just fits together.’ It’s true. Every aspect of the cellar door is imbued with personal touches and clever details. The handmade pendant lights are crafted from repurposed demijohns and the end wall is a masterpiece of parquetry, made entirely from old oak barrels. The cellar door itself is carved off the end of the winery and windows look into the barrel shed. ‘We have nothing to hide here,’ Tim tells me during our initial interview. ‘Everyone who comes here and drinks our wine is part of the process, part of the story.’ It’s that idea of connection that pervades everything Tim and Amanda do. ‘We literally know everyone who touches our wine from the grape to the glass,’ Tim tells me. This is not an exaggeration. Amanda nods in agreement and tells me she knows the names of every person; from the grape growers to the people working in bottle shops selling Geddes Wines. >
Above left and right: The wine maker and his muse.
‘Everyone who comes here and drinks our wine is part of the process, part of the story.’ The secret to the relationships could be Amanda’s famous vintage lunches. During the heady rush of harvest, at Geddes Wines when the clock strikes noon, every person stops what they’re doing and sits down to a meal prepared by Amanda, an established chef. Phones are turned off and the wine and conversation flow. ‘It’s about enjoying vintage rather than enduring it,’ says Tim. ‘And we find that because we actually sit there and talk, any little problems get ironed out and we all get a chance to reset our senses and our passion.’ So renowned are Amanda’s lunches that there’s a noticeable spike in deliveries and visitors dropping in just before noon, which is something the couple loves. Amanda cooks from the heart and there is always enough for everyone. Most of her ingredients are sourced from friends or foraged locally. ‘One of my favourite things to cook with is the Saffron Milk Caps that grow under our pines during vintage,’ she says. During the lunches, wines are carefully matched with the food, but the labels are kept hidden to hone participants’ senses. A genuine love of wine runs through Tim and Amanda’s veins; not just drinking the product, but its ability to build relationships. It was wine that brought Tim and Amanda together in the first place. Tim had put himself through the oenology degree at the University of Adelaide and was cutting his teeth in the Barossa Valley where Amanda was working as a chef. Six years later they moved to McLaren Vale and in 2007 they started Geddes Wines. Today they have an impressive collection of wines, all of which are created by Tim from locally sourced, hand selected grapes. ‘Tim’s wine should always be enjoyed in the context of frivolity and eating 82
but the background to it is deadly serious,’ says Justin. ‘Tim is an incredibly knowledgeable and technical winemaker and out the back (of the cellar door) he is just deadly.’ Despite Tim’s intensity, there is plenty of joy within the walls of the winery. The couple shares the space with other winemakers as a small contract facility, ‘creating diversity and plenty of laughter,’ says Tim. The Geddes recently spent time in Europe and were impressed by the focus of their French counterparts on terroir or specificity of place. The concept holds particular meaning for Tim and Amanda because the McLaren Vale region has one of the greatest accumulations of diverse soil types in the world. ‘We always try and make vineyard characters come through in our wine,’ Tim explains. ‘We care about what comes from where.’ So what are the future hopes and aspirations of a couple which already takes such pleasure in the everyday? Well, Tim tells me the 2017 vintage looks to be a good one. ‘We had a bit of a cooler and longer ripening, which will work well for our wine, bringing in a bit more elegance and intensity,’ he says. Tim is one of few winemakers who keeps all of his back vintage so each new wine can be compared and contrasted and enjoyed in a wider context. As the couple’s two children become more independent Amanda hopes to extend the catering side of their business. She has a myriad of ideas for long lunches and decadent dinners. In the meantime though, the Geddes are happy to sit back in their beautiful cellar door and enjoy their food and wines. ‘We’re just here to live the lifestyle really,’ says Tim. ‘We’re not chasing any rainbows.’
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The Kay Brothers winery has been synonymous with McLaren Vale for over 125 years. The Kay family arrived at Amery on 2nd February 1891 and today the 3rd and 4th generations continue the winemaking tradition in the heritage listed stone cellars. Taste the trio of Trophy and Gold Medal awarded Grenache: 2016 Griffon’s Key and Basket Pressed Grenache, and 2017 Grenache Rosé. Discover why this variety has been our longstanding passion, or be inspired by any of our other highly acclaimed estate grown wines. Take the time to turn the pages of the meticulously kept diaries for every year that the Kay family has been at Amery, or read through the brand-new book ‘The First 125 Years’.
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Page left: The delicious and nourishing food at Pipi is lovingly prepared by Chef Tammy Goulding (shown this page bottom right). This page top: The interior is fresh, modern and light. Bottom left: Ben and Stevie Monfries with baby Pip and Ronnie the border Collie.
Most people wouldn’t plan to open a cafe at the exact same time as the birth of their first baby. But Stevie and Ben Monfries are not most people. And their new cafe Pipi, at Middleton, is no ordinary eatery. Pipi is nestled amongst a tropical oasis on the town’s main road. Two generous, wooden tables handbuilt by Ben, sit under shady palms in the front garden. The green canopy makes a tranquil setting for a morning coffee and the dense garden shelters the space from traffic noise. Stevie and Ben like the intimacy of their little cafe. They tell me they never wanted a large dining space and their focus is on providing personal service and paying attention to the small details. In the cafe’s courtyard, Ronnie the Border Collie lies sprawled under a fig tree. Pipi is dog-friendly and the couple loves it when locals bring their dogs in to hang out with Ronnie. ‘It just adds another dimension to the cafe,’ says Stevie. Pipi is all about lifestyle over profit margins. The couple had been living in Adelaide, where Stevie worked as a social worker and Ben as a plumber. But when Stevie continued to feel a sense of discontent, even after landing her dream job, she threw caution to the wind and quit her career. While she figured out her next move, Stevie decided to work in a friend’s cafe. With their newfound flexibility, Ben and Stevie made frequent trips to the South Coast. ‘Ben is a surfer so we would come down to the coast often and Middleton quickly grew on me,’ says Stevie. Soon the idea of starting their own cafe began to blossom. And Middleton seemed like the perfect location. Then, just as the idea began to coalesce and plans for Pipi started to take shape, Stevie discovered she was pregnant. But Stevie and Ben aren’t ones to let life get in the way of success and they embraced the challenge of starting a family and a business
at the same time. Now they say they wouldn’t have it any other way. ‘It’s been really amazing the way we’ve been received by the community since opening our doors just before Easter this year,’ says Stevie. ‘We’re not trying to be anything different or fancy, it’s a laid back coastal town and we respect that way of living.’ Hiring full-time chef Tammy Goulding has been fantastic for the contiuity of business and life with baby. ‘Tammy struck me from the get go,’ says Stevie. ‘She’s young and has never led a kitchen before. But I figured I was going into this blindly, so I could either go with an established chef who might push me in a direction that I didn’t really want to go in, or just take a chance with someone who was also learning in the world. I decided we could just create this together.’ Pipi has a strong focus on local produce. Coffee beans come from nearby DeGroots and they use Fleurieu Milk. The thoughtfully put together menu incorporates foodie favourites like baked eggs with chorizo and smashed avocado on rye, alongside an all day lunch menu that features the famous Goolwa pipi cockles. ‘It’s not just about where we are getting our produce from, but what it is,’ says Stevie. ‘We really care about every individual thing that goes onto a plate. We are not wanting to reinvent the wheel for cafe food. It’s just about filling people’s plates and bellies with nourishment and flavour.’ The philosophy of doing things from scratch extends to the interior design of the cafe. The couple spent months renovating, creating a space that is casual, bright and airy. Ben built the kitchen and the countertop himself. Pastel colours and raw wood nicely reflect Middleton’s small surf town vibe. ‘Ben put his heart and soul into making Pipi the way I wanted it,’ smiles Stevie. ‘He’s also a lovely face to have out on the floor. I wouldn’t be in this if it wasn’t for him.’ Along the fence line of the cafe grow apricot, lemon and lime trees, which are used to make the pickles, sauces, jams and chutneys displayed on the mini providore wall. Every part of Pipi is about quality over quantity. Stevie and Ben are truly proud of the cafe they’ve created; not just for their customers but as a vibrant and enriching environment for little Pip to grow up in. 85
Above: David Archer – Art under glass. Photograph by Steve Wilson.
Boutique and unique Story by Poppy Fitzpatrick.
For as long as he can remember, David Archer wanted to know how things work and can recall dismantling anything and everything he could get his hands on. While most of his friends were devouring comics and picture books, David was flipping through his father’s mechanical engineering ‘How-To’ books, and peering over his Dad’s shoulder as he tinkered in the shed. David’s art emerged just as naturally. His supportive family saw potential in his early crayon-covered creations and encouraged him to pursue his natural creative flair. Eventually David immersed himself in the art of pottery. Not content with one medium, David started to fuse his own handiwork with found objects. What has evolved is the carnival themed, strange, sometimes spooky and always fascinating world that is Archer’s Arcadia. Upon entering David’s yard, you find yourself encircled by miscellaneous stacks of toys, scrap materials and pre-loved trinkets. Nestled among the organised chaos is his shed, filled with an endless collection of indiscernible tools and indescribable creations. From the ceiling hangs a troop of barrel monkeys, while a gutted
doll filled with skeletons watches you from the corner. A quick peek out of the window reveals a large polar bear sculpture occupying the back lawn. David is a self-proclaimed ‘borderline hoarder’, however, each and every item has a purpose and might one day be the foundation of his next addition to the ever evolving collection of Archer’s Arcadia. Although he appreciates static artwork, David gains the most satisfaction from drawing the audience into his world through interactive pieces. He says this evokes stronger responses, sometimes of humour and at other times a sense of darkness. There are also some deeper messages if people choose to find them. The slightly grim and dry humour that constantly appears in David’s work is what he describes as an observation of the human condition. All of his inspiration emerges with ease, from simply observing life and people. These same quirky observations are also made on a smaller scale, providing an insight into the world of Archer’s Arcadia that is slightly more accessible, while still being interactive. David has made hundreds of small ‘Famous Flea Circus’ boxes, which contain a magnetic ‘flea’ you can move around inside at your pleasure. Each box in this collection is individually numbered and no two are the same. He also produces small scenes titled ‘Art Under Glass’, which despite their diminutive size, still make a big impact. David Archer’s work is available exclusively on the Fleurieu Peninsula at the Willunga Gallery, located on High Street. Archer’s Arcadia will be on exhibition at the gallery from January 14 until February 10, 2018.
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KAY BROTHERS Visit the home of the reigning McLaren Vale Bushing King who’s 2016 Griffon’s Key Grenache took out five trophies in the McLaren Vale wine show. Kay Brothers is a ‘must-see’ when touring the vineyards of the Southern Vales. Located at the top of a hill 5 kms from the McLaren Vale township, the cellar door boasts stunning panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque valleys. 57 Kays Road, McLaren Vale www.kaybrothersamerywines.com Telephone: 8323 8201 88
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MAXWELL WINES Located at the heart of McLaren vale the beautiful cellar door and estate winery offers an array of wine experiences including one of the region’s best restaurants. ‘The Loft’ private tasting room, picturesque gardens and giant conifer maze all boast stunning views. Try a ‘Canapé and Wine Flight’, ‘Vertical Masterclass’ or a famous Maxwell ‘Mead Flight’. Open daily 10am-5pm.
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The new nomads Story by Kate Le Gallez. Photography by Angela Lisman.
Above: Nomad Farms is the brainchild of Verity Slee and Tom Bradman – and it wouldn’t be complete without their cute baby girl and dogs.
Some might be surprised to find a vegetarian living on a farm that makes a business out of raising cattle and chickens for meat. In fact, this apparent oxymoron tells you everything you need to know about Nomad Farms. Owners Tom Bradman and Verity Slee do things a little differently. Their regenerative approach to farming not only determines how they humanely raise their nomadic livestock, it also extends to inviting others onto their land to run their own enterprises. It’s this meaning of Nomad Farms (the plural is intentional), that led to a collaboration with Luke Falkai and Katherine Snoswell of Falkai Farm, who currently run their pasture-raised egg chooks on the Nomad property. The relationship harnesses the symbiosis between bird and beast to sensitively restore the land, while building community and giving a good life to chook and cow alike. Positive social outcomes are a central part of the farming vision that Tom developed while working in law and policy in the Department of Agriculture in Canberra. His regenerative approach aims to mimic natural systems and enhance animal welfare, while achieving a triplebottom line of ecological, financial and social benefits. It also helps put Verity’s vegetarian ethics at ease. 90
For Tom, regenerative farming goes beyond merely being sustainable. ‘We need to do more than simply sustain what we’ve got,’ he says, adding that sustainability suggests a stand-off between economic and environmental interests, that will inevitably clash. ‘I don’t really think like that,’ he explains. ‘There are methods and approaches that can achieve positive outcomes in both of those areas, and socially as well.’ Tom and Verity took over the Finniss Valley property in late 2012 and spent the following year planning and setting up the infrastructure for their new, regenerative venture. Even nomadic cows need some fencing, so Tom designed a system to facilitate their movements around the 404 acre farm, combining permanent fence lines with temporary lightweight electric fencing to create moveable paddocks. The system allows him to quickly and efficiently move his cattle around the farm every one or two days, while the chickens slowly follow behind in their mobile pens. These measures helped them set the foundation for the financial and environmental benefits they were after. The cows enjoy the fresh, chemical-free pastures, before the chickens come through and finish the job, replenishing the land with their special brand of nitrogen-rich fertiliser – manure – and then moving on daily, to allow nature to do the rest.
Above left: Luke Falkai and Katherine Snoswell are set to expand their pasture raised egg operation to keep up with demand. Top right: Are you looking at me? Bottom left: I’d like to say ‘there ain’t nobody here but us chickens’ but that would be a lie.
Welcoming Katherine and Luke onto the farm in early 2017 helped realise the social aspect of the regenerative trifecta. After working on other farms, Katherine and Luke were looking to set up their own pasture-raised egg business. Without land of their own, they were scouting for opportunities and approached Tom and Verity, initially just for a meet-and-greet. They’d all seen similar arrangements go wrong and didn’t want to repeat these mistakes. Land and animals may be hard to manage, but human relationships add even greater complexity, with both couples agreeing that finding the right fit is crucial to making it work. ‘There was a reasonably long period where we were getting to know each other – dating I guess – before we committed to anything,’ says Tom. In farming terms, that meant Katherine started working with Tom one day per week for a couple of months before they decided to ‘go steady’, with Falkai Farm leasing land on a per-acre rate to run their four hundred egg chooks. It’s exactly the type of partnership Tom and Verity had imagined. ‘While they’re running their own enterprise, separate from ours in a business sense, it’s very integrated with ours in an ecological sense,’ says Tom. ‘It’s not like we lease them a little corner of the property and we don’t go in their corner and they don’t come in our patch. They effectively lease an area of land off us, but it’s really just that they cover a certain area of our property each year.’
Now, Katherine and Luke’s red caravan-come-chicken-roost slowly makes its way around the property, their chickens scratching through cow pats (an egg chicken’s favourite treat) and depositing their fertiliser. The active nature of the egg chooks, in contrast to the more sedentary meat chooks, helps cover more land. The evidence of the environmental symbiosis gives Katherine a lot of pleasure. ‘I can look back at where we were three months ago and see thick, green patches of grass, where in other areas there’s not really great ground cover. It’s so obvious to see where we were,’ she says. Helping Katherine and Luke access land is one social outcome, but the two teams also recognise other social benefits that offer relief in what’s often an isolating business. Practically, this might mean sharing expertise or tools, with payment in-kind, but it also extends to other support. Katherine and Luke recently looked after the Nomad property while Tom and Verity went on holidays, and the Nomad team hope to return the favour soon. ‘It’s really fantastic to have people there that know your business really well,’ says Katherine. ‘We’re very aware of how lucky we are. And I think it all comes down to finding someone that you’re a really good fit with.’ It certainly makes for some happy chooks and cows as well.
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Above: Dave Cilanto, a chef of simpple pleasures.
A chef of simple pleasures
Ellie Jones meets Dave Cilanto, head chef at Red Poles. Photographs by Heidi Linehan.
It’s rare to find a first-class chef working in a fine dining restaurant, who cites the opal mining town of Mintabie as the launching ground of his career. But Dave Cilanto says it was in that hot, dry settlement in the State’s far north west that he gained his greatest culinary education. Dave’s taking me on a tour of the garden at Red Poles in McLaren Vale, where he now works as head chef. As he picks handfuls of lemon thyme, rosemary and nasturtium leaves he marvels at their freshness and abundance. I’m struck by how different this lush, green property is from the place where Dave cut his culinary teeth. But, he says, when he was in Mintabie in the 1980s, there was an abundance of a different type ... international immigrants and their wealth of food knowledge. Dave bought an old Bedford bus fitted with fridges and a cast iron oven and launched ‘The Food Bus’, catering for the town’s plethora of hungry miners. The miners were largely European immigrants who’d come to Mintabie to seek their fortune, bringing with them traditional cooking methods and recipes. In return for Dave’s food, his Hungarian friends taught him to make goulash, his Italian mates showed him how to take apart a whole lamb, and from the Greeks he learned to cook garlic prawns in lemon and olive oil, not butter and cream. The miners also taught Dave how to grow vegetables and herbs so he was no longer reliant on the soggy, month old produce that would otherwise be delivered on a weekly basis. 94
This simple approach to cooking has stood Dave in good stead and forms the basis of his food philosophy. He plans to extend this ethos into Red Poles’ menu next year by creating dishes that incorporate local indigenous food. Dave says he’s constantly inspired by the quality of South Australian produce. ‘We’ve got grapes from McLaren Vale, fruit from the Riverland, fresh seafood from the Gulf, great cattle and abundant land,’ he proudly says. And while the Red Poles menu is a mouthwatering example of some of the State’s finest food, at heart Dave remains a man of simple pleasures. ‘My favourite pastime is eating,’ he says. ‘At the moment I’m into Rueben sandwiches with corned beef and sauerkraut on rye.’ After a thirty-year career working in kitchens across the globe alongside his wife Regina, Dave says he couldn’t be happier in his current spot on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Moroccan Lamb shoulder braise with flat bread Flat bread Ingredients: 1 x amber ale stubby 150mls of water 1tsp baking powder 80g caster sugar 750g plain flour 25ml garlic oil
1 cup fresh chopped rosemary leaves
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste
150ml olive oil
Method Mix together beer, water, baking powder and sugar and place somewhere warm for 10 to 15 mins. Then add flour, oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Mix well, cover and leave overnight. Divide into preferred size ball and roll to about 3mm thick, toast on a hot plate one minute each side until golden brown.
Method Heat seeds in frypan, grind and mix with all other ingredients. Rub all over lamb and sear in hot pan and place in casserole dish.
Moroccan Lamb shoulder braise Ingredients: 3kg lamb shoulder diced into 6 pieces Spice rub: 2tbs cumin seeds 2tbs coriander seeds
Cover lamb with: 2 diced onions 2 diced carrots 2 diced sticks of celery 8 cloves of garlic Zest of 1 orange 2 litres of vegetable stock
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Braise uncovered for 20 minutes and stir in 300ml coconut cream. Garnish with toasted slivered almonds. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes, appleslaw and amber ale flatbread.
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Willunga Plains Flowers One of the highlights of a Saturday morning trip to the Willunga Farmers Market is the colourful array of flowers greeting shoppers at the south entrance. The man behind the colourful stall is Colin Carpenter, who is a second generation Willunga Plains flower producer. His parents, Bob and Jan, bought the family property in 1976, when Colin was a boy. Bob was looking for a sea-change from his city banking job and had bought the land without a clear idea of what the family would do with it. One of the neighbours was growing flowers and, after doing a bit of part time work at the property, Bob began to learn the ropes of the flower business. Soon he set up his own growing tunnels and slowly built the business up. Colin worked alongside his Dad on weekends and after school. Before long, work in the family business became second nature and Colin grew to like it. So much so that when he finished school he studied horticulture and then spent time in the flower growing mecca of Holland, working for large-scale commercial growers. Colin came back to the family property in 1992, with inspiration and a focus on growth. Under his green thumbs, Willunga Plains Flowers flourished, gaining an excellent reputation for freshness and quality.
But then, at the peak of the company’s success, Colin felt a need for change. The pre-dawn drives for deliveries across South Australia and long days in the growing tunnels were wearing. Colin made the bold decision to scale back and adopt a more boutique approach, choosing lifestyle over endless hard labour. Today the Willunga Farmers Market remains his mainstay. For many years now, market goers have loved buying Colin’s flowers for their freshness and lasting quality. It’s also been lovely to see his children helping out on weekends over the years. Perhaps training up a third generation of Willunga Plains entrepreneurs? Colin’s main focus now is on continuing to support the farmers’ market and supplying a handful of wholesale clients. He and his partner Kyra also have some exciting plans in the pipeline; they’re planning on establishing the region’s first Flower Cellar Door. The Flower Cellar Door will offer visitors a farmgate experience including coffee, fresh food and the possibility of local produce, set amongst Colin’s beautiful floral displays. To buy commercially grown flowers direct from a local family business, which was established over forty-years ago, is certainly a special experience. The Flower Cellar Door is the next chapter in a ‘rosey’ local success story.
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Nina Keath learns how master knife maker Mal Day and wife Coralie are
Carving out a slice of paradise Photography by Heidi Linehan.
Page left: Each knife is is individually designed and cut from a unique template, before undergoing an rigorous process of grinding and polishing. Above: Mal and Coralie found their property at Delamere to be a welcome oasis, complete with a workshop for making knives.
It was the early 1990s and Mal Day was living in Christie Downs working as a diesel engineer, when a mate brought him a big heap of industrial hacksaw blades to use for making gasket scrapers. ‘I made gasket scrapers for everyone I could think of, but there was still a heap left so my friend suggested I have a go at making some knives,’ Mal explains. Five years on, Mal’s skills and passion for knifemaking had grown and, perhaps not coincidentally, so had his desire
to retire from mechanics. Out to lunch one day in Hahndorf, Mal and wife Coralie chanced upon a tiny pioneer cottage that was up for lease, and made a decision that would change the course of their lives. The Cutler’s Cottage Hand Made Knives shop was supposed to be a step towards retirement and a way to immerse himself more fully in knife-making. While the latter was most certainly achieved, it seemed that retirement would have to wait. ‘We were very busy,’ Mal recalls. ‘People would fly in from all over to buy our knives and most of them were custom orders.’ This meant each knife was individually designed and cut from a unique template before going through an intensive > 99
Above left: Each knife has a unique template. Top right: A large Bowie knife – made famous by James Bowie at the Alamo. Bottom right: Quite apart from the metal work of the knives themselves, the handles and leather sheaths can take days to fabricate.
‘We’ve had people ask me to use timber from their properties or antlers from their own deer. I even had someone bring warthog tusks from Africa!’ process of grinding to shape by hand, heat treating and tempering, followed by decorative file work and polishing. This was all before he even started on the handle. ‘We’ve had people ask me to use timber from their properties or antlers from their own deer,’ Mal says. ‘I even had someone bring warthog tusks from Africa! Another time, a man walked through the door in the pouring rain with a big box of Tasmanian timbers. He’d read about us somewhere and brought them all the way from Tassie for us.’ Coralie smiles at the memory and tells me that ‘people become really passionate and inspired by the quality and craftsmanship.’ I can understand why. Quite apart from the exquisite workmanship of the knives themselves, there are also the leather sheaths that are hand sewn and take days to complete. Each knife can cost anywhere from two hundred to two thousand dollars, but I believe Mal when he tells me that, for him, it’s about the passion and not the money. It is obvious that this labour of love has yielded benefits that go far beyond monetary reward. ‘I had one American man who bought twenty-five individual knives from me over the years and ended up writing a letter telling me they had been a life changing gift for each of his sons and grandchildren,’ Mal recalls. ‘I still have that letter somewhere.’ After twelve years at Cutler’s Cottage, Mal and Coralie bought a property in Delamere on the Fleurieu Peninsula. ‘We moved down here to try and retire a bit more effectively,’ Mal explains with a wry smile. 100
And while the pace has slowed a little, the passion hasn’t. There is a small sign out on the main road and Coralie loves it that tourists from around the world drop in on their way to Kangaroo Island. ‘They’re all so appreciative and interested,’ she says. ‘It’s just lovely.’ Like many before me, I spend a morning enjoying the warm hospitality of Mal and Coralie as they show me through the workshop, share their stories and ply me with coffee at their cosy kitchen table overlooking the rolling hills towards Yorke Peninsula. After a too short stay, we have said our goodbyes when Coralie hesitates. She has more to tell. ‘We wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for the knives,’ she says. ‘We had a very different life in the suburbs. The knives were a pathway to here. It has been an amazing journey. We had that lunch in Hahndorf and from that point everything changed for the better. We always felt that the shop had its own persona and we were just guardians. Then this property was just a chance, lucky find that fitted like a glove. We could never have made the transition to this life that we had always wanted without the knives. We never could have met all of the wonderful people we have met and had the conversations we’ve had. It has been a wonderful, positive experience.’
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01. Fiona Cairney Managing Director at Toffish, Strathalbyn Where do you go to eat? Bremerton – the tasty gourmet pizzas are a must try! For coffee? Bean Machine. How handy having a coffee shop right next door. Where do you shop? Toffish for gifts, homewares and fashion. What was the best thing about 2017? Designing and selling my own handbags and fashion range. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Being trackside at the Strathalbyn Cup, launching my new Toffish products. What is the best thing about living/working in the Fleurieu? I feel blessed that I have a country lifestyle that is within close proximity to the city, wineries and beaches. I don’t miss the traffic lights!
02. Kylea Hartley Director at Fleurieu Fringe Where do you go to eat? The Barn Bistro at McLaren Vale for something special. I love their crispy beef salad. The Adelaide Biplanes Hangar Cafe at Aldinga for the best sandwiches and homemade cakes I’ve ever tasted and an awesome vintage vibe. For coffee? Rosey’s at Aldinga. Where do you shop? We have the best local op shops on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Savers is a gold mine. What was the best thing about 2017? Fleurieu Fringe winning an Adelaide Fringe Award for Best Event. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Meeting and working with more amazing Fringe artists and incredible local artisans. What is the best thing about living/working in the Fleurieu? The relaxed lifestyle, incredible local produce and the creative, artistic community. 03. Sonya Hender Works at The Strand Gallery Port Elliot, the South Australian Museum Foundation Board and the Print Council of Australia Where do you go to eat? Bombora at Goolwa has always been a favourite and the Flying Fish is a great option for a quick lunch on the deck overlooking Horseshoe Bay. For coffee? Our morning coffee, fruit, vegetables and local cheeses are always from Jetty Food Store. Where do you shop? I love the diversity of shops on The Strand. What was the best thing about 2017? Working with my husband Ron Langman, the birth of my first grandchild Frankie, hosting a series of successful exhibitions and events. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Creating a community hub for art and culture in Port Elliot. What is the best thing about living/working in the Fleurieu? Going to sleep with the sound of the waves and waking up to the colours of the seascape and coastal environment. 04. Duncan Kennedy Winemaker at Kay Brothers, McLaren Vale and 2017 Bushing King Where do you go to eat? Russell’s Pizza at Willunga is an institution. The whole experience from the pizzas to the service and the general vibe is just awesome! For coffee? 3 Monkeys Fine Foods, also in Willunga, has great coffee and much more. Where do you shop? The Willunga Farmers Market has plenty of local produce and is a great place to meet up with friends. What was the best thing about 2017? We had a stunning vintage in 2017 and received some amazing reviews, topped off by winning the 2017 McLaren Vale Wine Show Bushing King Trophy for our 2016 Kay Brothers Griffon’s Key Grenache. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Bottling the first wines from the 2017 vintage, it was a cracker! What is the best thing about living/working in the the Fleurieu? Being surrounded by the beautiful landscape, coastline and produce, while having the privilege to make wine from some of the oldest grapevines in the world.
05. Hayley Pember-Calvert Co-owner at Leonards Mill Restaurant & Bar, Second Valley Where do you go to eat? As we are so spoilt for food by our chefs at the Mill, we like to go to the pub for a good schnitzel and relax. For coffee? 21 Junk Street, Yankalilla. Where do you shop? I Am Tall Poppy in Willunga always has something, whether I need it or not. What was the best thing about 2017? Besides seeing our son turning one in May, buying Leonards Mill Restaurant with my husband. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Seeing our son turn two and surviving our first year in restaurant ownership! What is the best thing about living/working in the Fleurieu? The landscape; rolling hills and beautiful beaches that change according to the seasons.
06. Sarah Somerville Works at Elders Insurance, Southern Fleurieu Where do you go to eat? For a quick, healthy lunch-on-the-go I love Delicia Acai + Protein Bar in Victor Harbor. For coffee? I have two favourites: Harvest the Fleurieu and The Anchorage Hotel – each of these places do great almond milk cappuccinos! Where do you shop? A Little Piece of Byron for beautiful clothing and accessories. What was the best thing about 2017? Getting to know the local businesses owners in Victor Harbor and its surrounds. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Exploring the wonderful Southern Fleurieu region and seeing what else it has to offer! What is the best thing about living/ working in the Fleurieu? The community feel in the area, the locals and the scenery. It creates a relaxing working environment. 07. Donovan Steer Director at Catalyst Homes, Yankalilla Where do you go to eat? Our garden – my wife is an amazing cook. For coffee? 21 Junk Street, Yankalilla and Home Grain Bakery, Aldinga. Where do you shop? Living By Design, Port Elliot and Yamaha for motorbike supplies ... let’s go riding! What was the best thing about 2017? Getting fit again and losing a few kilos. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Finishing all the houses we started in 2017, starting the year with some cool new projects and not putting those few kilos back on! What is the best thing about living/working in the Fleurieu? The quick commute to work and the country life we get to give our kids.
08. Corrina Wright Winemaker & Director at Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Where do you go to eat? Pizzateca. For coffee? No coffee for this girl. Black T2 Earl Grey is my caffeine of choice. Where do you shop? I go to Romeo’s Foodland McLaren Vale, get my meat from Ellis Butchers (especially the thinly sliced red gum smoked bacon) and fruit and veg from side-of-the-road/ farmgate stalls. What was the best thing about 2017? Visiting Avellino, the homeland of Fiano in Campania, Italy during harvest and gorging on pizza in Napoli. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Renovating our house, renovating our cellar door and building a brewery for my husband’s beer, Swell Brewing Co. What is the best thing about living/working in the Fleurieu? Beach. Space. People. Vines & wines. Fresh air. Family. Seasons. And being close to Radelaide.
09. Sarah Hollway Waitress at Salopian Inn Where do you go to eat? Salopian Inn! For coffee? Kicco Espresso and 3 Monkeys Fine Foods. Where do you shop? Spock Sisters in Willunga and Gorgeous Soles in McLaren Vale. What was the best thing about 2017? Watching the restaurant grow. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Being more organised! What is the best thing about living/working in the the Fleurieu? Being in such a beautiful area close to the sea. 10. Jim Zerella Zerella Wines, McLaren Vale Where do you go to eat? My favourite eats are Vasarelli Cellar Door Restaurant and Pizzateca. For coffee? For the best coffee, I visit Home Grain Bakery or Kicco Espresso. Where do you shop? I shop at Romeo’s Foodland in McLaren Vale and Adelaide Central Market. What was the best thing about 2017? Opening our cellar door, allowing us to share our journey with wine enthusiasts. What are you looking forward to in 2018? Enjoying more time with my family, growing grapes and making more exceptional wine for customers. What is the best thing about living/working in the Fleurieu? I live on my Home Block vineyard with amazing views of the coast and hills. I love the McLaren Vale region for the beaches, peaceful surroundings and it’s only forty-five minutes from Adelaide. Living here allows me to easily access my vineyards so I can monitor grape production and produce amazing wines.
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Raptor domain Photography by Heidi Linehan.
Page left: Wally the Tawny Frogmouth. Above top: Dave – the owner, has employed his previous skills as a tradie and created a unique entrance to the ‘Domain’. Bottom left: Owner Dave Irwin with Kylie the very fast Hobby Falcon. Bottom right: Ernie the Emu has somewhere to get to ... fast.
When we arrive at Raptor Domain, nestled into Kangaroo Island’s tourist hotspot Seal Bay, I already have high expectations; I’ve been to the show before and loved it. But what I’m not prepared for is how much the show’s grown and matured to become an integral part of the Kangaroo Island tourist itinerary. The other guests and I are led through an area of native bushland to the flying arena, where a very young emu is doing what can only be described as some ‘crazy emu moves’; running around erratically and delighting young and old. We’re asked to raise our gazes to the tree tops and there, cleverly camouflaged against the bark, nestled on a branch is a Tawny Frogmouth. I never cease to be amazed by the peaceful nature of these birds.
Throughout the sixty-minute long show, the handlers mix educational information with interactive handling of the birds. Casper the Barn Owl is called by the audience and flies out of a tree hollow. The owl happily hops from lap to lap, being treated to a delicious mouse (owls jujubes) at the end. One of the other highlights is the dramatic entrance of the Hobby Falcon, which swoops into the arena, barely missing the audience as it tries to get a piece of meat off a lure. Its speed and agility is absolutely breathtaking. Raptor Domain has become an integral part of the Islands’ many offerings. Today the show is one of the best wildlife experiences in South Australia, with more than forty birds and an audience of people from around the world. ‘We don’t show the birds in aviaries here,’ co-owners Leeza and Dave Irwin tell me. The couple believes people need to see the birds in an interactive context to better understand the importance of conserving their natural environment. It is not just about a ‘photo op’. > 107
Top left: Owners Leeza and Dave Irwin. Middle left and bottom: The birds are happy to sit with the audience. Top right: Jeda the Wedge Tailed Eagle is the star of the show and comes out last. He is a magnificent specimen.
Before their move to Kangaroo Island, the Irwins had experienced quite a few changes of scenery. They’d lived in Adelaide, the Flinders Ranges and the Northern Territory, including some remote Indigenous communities. All of these experiences enriched their love of nature, wildlife and the environment. Dave’s interest in birds was sparked when he was a child. ‘Dad was a pretty keen aviculturist and kept quite a few birds’, he explains. As a young boy living at Flagstaff Hill, Dave had a friend, named Jack, who was fascinated by snakes and lizards. ‘I was interested in birds, so Jack was always looking under rocks and I was always looking up in trees,’ says Dave. When he was about eleven, Dave found a baby hawk. He raised the little bird and taught it to fly. ‘I got this bird to come to me when I called it, which I thought was pretty special,’ he says. From then on, Dave kept young, injured and orphaned raptors and raised them before releasing them into the wild.
In his early teens, Dave and his family moved to Wilmington, in the Southern Flinders Ranges, and while out with one of his birds, he was spotted by a young Leeza. Dave was using a lure to get the bird to fly around him and to him. ‘I thought ‘wow that’s pretty cool’,’ remembers Leeza. Leeza’s family owned the only petrol station in town so Dave’s family were regular customers and Dave also sold rabbits off of the back of his push bike. ‘Of course, our freezer was full of rabbits,’ says Leeza, who admits she was constantly prompting her mother to buy them. Leeza was about fifteen at the time and had, up until then, been harassed and taunted daily by her school mates. When Dave stuck up for her and told the other kids to leave her alone, Leeza was further enchanted. Forty-five years on she still sees Dave as her hero, and it is quite telling in the way she speaks of him. From their initial meeting, Leeza and Dave grew in the same direction. Leeza became an environmental education teacher and Dave received his ticket to become a plumber and later gained a certificate
Above left: Chantelle holds a Yellow Tail Black Cockatoo. Right: Donald is a Bush Stone Curlew – one of the few birds that is too timid to get very close to the audience members.
three in zookeeping, while also maintaining his bird rescue work. They soon married and moved to an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory.
Dave helped grow and run the park, but began to get frustrated with the red tape, so the Irwin’s decided it was time to strike out on their own and returned to South Australia.
It was there that Dave found a Sea Eagle locked in a toilet block. It was in a terrible state and Dave taught it to fly. ‘She was an exceptional bird and the locals loved watching me fly her on the beach,’ he says, ‘if we had known then what we know now about Sea Eagles, we would not have put her on our bare arms or let her in the house.’
Dave and Leeza were on their way to buy a bus to transport their birds around to do educational shows at schools, when they received a call out-of-the-blue from Sealink. Sealink asked if they would consider moving their show to Kangaroo Island. Indeed, Raptor Domain recently celebrated ten years in business on KI.
In 1987 Dave landed a job at Tipperary Station in the Northern Territory and the then owner, Warren Anderson, turned it into a millionaires’ hobby farm. When Dave started, there were twelve aviaries and when he left there were one hundred and fifty. Dave cared for everything from ostrich, to finches. This know-how eventually earned him a job with Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife. It was with them that the Irwins joined the first bird of prey show at Territory Wildlife Park, which is still running today.
Dave and Leeza have worked hard to create this unique experience and they have many more plans in the pipeline. In the future they will open an environmental eco trail on the property, meandering through two-thousand native trees and plants. Leeza tells me it will be an amazing educational and interactive experience and, if my recent visit to Raptor Domain is anything to go by, it’ll be one well worth a trip to the Island for!
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Renee and Chris Polesso married on the 4th of March 2017, at Barn1890 in Willunga. Photography by Vicki Miller.
The story of Renee and Chris Polesso’s marriage begins with a night out to see a friend’s band, a lift home and a goodnight kiss. The rest, the couple says, is history. After that first kiss, Renee and Chris soon discovered they had much in common, including a mutual love of the outdoors. On Valentine’s Day last year, the couple went camping at Deep Creek Conservation Park and Chris proposed in the forest. Renee and Chris wanted a casual wedding that would reflect their laid-back approach to life. ‘We wanted to mingle and dance with guests without too many formalities,’ says Renee. 112
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Being Social: Angela Lisman art launch FLM attended the opening night for Angela Lisman’s photographic SALA exhibition ’Repose’ held at The General Wine Bar & Kitchen in McLaren Vale on August 25. With a glass of Zonte’s Footstep Bolle Felici Prosecco on arrival and Pintxos available on the night, it was the perfect space to warm the cockles and savour Angela’s oceanscape photos, taken at Port Willunga.
Being Social: Launch of 1839 Wine and Tapas Bar Guests at the new 1839 enjoyed a new signature experience of flowing wine and tapas at the celebratory grand opening on August 24. Bistro by day, wine and tapas bar by night, this new little gem, set in a heritage-listed church, is nestled in the heart of Willunga.
01: Tabatha Knight, Angela Lisman and Therese Hicks 02: Kate Hanson and Penda Mackenzie 03: Sally Thomson, Jenni Connellan and Kim Thompson 04: Nicole Mawer Thorpe and Jan Steigrad 05: Tracey Pitcher and child 06: Chefs Shaun Peddle and Marc Howard 07: Owners Christina Repetti and Gavin Collings 08: Ben and Siubhan Wilcox 09: Ben McMahon, Brenda Boo and Dita Radcliffe 10: Cheryl Hunt and Hazel Wainwright 11: Gill Gordon-Smith and Brian O’Malley 12: Jessica Ward.
Being Social: FLM Spring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;17 Launch Party Our Spring issue was launched at the brand new Geddes Wines Cellar Door at Blewitt Springs, in the McLaren Vale wine region, on September 6. Guests were treated to an abundance of food by the fabulous Mrs G, accompanied by amazing creations from some of our young, local and boutique family winemakers, including Cooter & Cooter, Year Wines, Golden Child and Aphelion.
Being Social: Six Hands Dinner at Maxwell Wines Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head Chef Fabian Lehmann welcomed Chef Nelly Robinson and Sydney pastry chef extraordinaire Jason Brown to dazzle diners with an exciting and exclusive menu on October 15. The unique dining experience gave guests the opportunity to meet the chefs and hear the inspiration behind their creations.
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Being Social: Drinks at Harcourts South Coast It was all about gratitude at Harcourts on Wednesday, October 18. The real estate agents hosted midweek drinks and nibbles to say thank you to their wonderful staff and business partners. Dotted with colours of blue and white, it was a great afternoon spent at the South Coast office in Victor Harbor.
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