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he Boston ivy is winning. The grass is losing. of a vermin infestation: fight all you like, it will win in The Virginia creeper is beyond control; the Little the end. Gem magnolia is struggling. The Vietnamese I think it takes a particular skill to end up with all mint is a goddamn weed; the poor old sage can’t cope. the wrong things in forceful bloom in one’s garden, so In the strict hierarchy that should be the well-ordered thanks for that. I just don’t know how I’ve managed to garden, my little plot has lost the plot. get it so wrong. Everything that should be thriving is being I feed the camellias religiously (at the beginning overtaken by anything else defined as a weed or and at the end of the football season, my I’ve a pest or simply too difficult to control. mother told me); I am particularly careful uncorked I always liked to think I had a green thumb with the gardenia the kids gave Russell for his – but now I realise it’s the wrong one. I’m birthday (Epsom salts whenever I can, and a a green good at growing the stuff that everyone else tough prune). genie … ruthlessly cuts out. I lay into that Vietnamese mint pitilessly, It seemed like a good idea at the time – the but none of it seems to make a difference. quick satisfaction of a wall of consoling green While my back is turned for just a few days, the provided by a creeping vine, and the riot of autumn vines and creepers and nuisances take over, creeping colours that comes with it. into and starting to strangle the trees themselves. The The first year it’s fine; the second year it’s splendid, interior of the house darkens behind the thicket, and and complete strangers pause on the street to take even though my patch is small, it seems all too much to photos of the display. take on. But the third year, well – it’s the horticultural version I suspect this is a failure of impulse control on my
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part, and the importance of understanding delayed gratification. I went for the quick fix and am now reaping the wind. And the weeds. The long-term investments were made in substantial trees – one glorious crepe myrtle in particular – and excellent plants, but I just couldn’t wait for them to do their slow, steady green thing. I wanted leafy abundance and I wanted it now. Nothing like a hot north-facing wall to show you just what a creeping ivy is capable of in one season. So, I had all the leaves I could possibly want– but I also have a big problem. I suppose I could take the “one person’s weed …” approach, but I’m fundamentally a garden conservative – I believe in the hierarchy and the idea of all things contained and in their rightful place. There is a sublime sense of satisfaction knowing that one’s garden is growing with pretty maids all in a row, as it were. Instead, I’ve uncorked a green genie … and I can’t stuff it back in the planter box it came in. \
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amantha Armytage is coping well with fame. Maybe there’s still a bit of the country girl in her keeping it real. Still, being on television – she’s the co-presenter of Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise – can change things. “I try to make time for friends and do social things a couple of times a week, catch up with people, more than anything to keep it real, to make sure you’re hanging out with people and finding out what’s going on in the real world,” she says. Some stars find it hard to keep it real. “Not for me, because I don’t think I get carried away with it. But at certain times of your life you’re sitting in a situation where you think, ‘Wow, this is a pretty unreal world’. “You’re meeting incredibly famous people and the next day you’re on a plane to go to the Melbourne Cup. Then you’re back in town doing photo shoots, and you go, ‘Whoa’. (It’s important to) not to get swept up by it and not take yourself too seriously.” She doesn’t appear to do that. Armytage has gone from a shy teenager from the Snowy Mountains to front and centre on television, in people’s living rooms at a time of the morning that lends itself to intimacy and an affectionate forgiveness for on-air stuff-ups. She’s become Our Sam, and you get the feeling this amazing journey still slightly startles her. I ask if she had ever overheard a conversation about herself? “I was in a café in Balmain six months ago and I heard some people at the next table say, ‘Blonde newsreader Samantha Armytage …’ I couldn’t hear what they were saying, and when you hear your name you want to hear what they’re saying.” Did she edge closer? “Yes. But I still couldn’t hear. And they didn’t know it was me. And you wouldn’t because I had sunglasses on. When I go to the café, it’s my gym gear on. I felt like spinning round and saying, ‘You know she’s a great girl’. But I didn’t.” Sam Armytage is a no-nonsense type with the sort of laugh that makes whatever she’s laughing about sound
Keeping things real is what makes Weekend Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage tick, writes PETER WILMOTH.
Armytage says. “We had winter shows and gymkhanas. I loved Black Beauty and The Black Stallion.” But there were city influences, too. “I got the Madonna showbag at the Cooma Show in 1985,” she says. “Black bangles, some kind of net thing you put over your head, a fluoro money pouch. I loved Madonna. I had posters of horses and Madonna. And Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the first cassette I owned. My sister was a little bit trendier, a bit more with it.” The Armytages had an interesting Melbourne connection. The family owned Como House in South Yarra and sold it to the National Trust in 1969. “We’ve had family reunions; my aunt got married there,” Arymtage says. “If we were in Melbourne, we’d go in and say hello and potter around, and we kids would pretend that we still lived there.” Her grandfather carved his initials in a window – they can still be seen today. “Grandpa went to boarding school at Geelong Grammar and would go at the weekend to Como and stay with his aunts,” Armytage says. “He stole one of their diamond rings one day and carved his initials in the attic.” At the age of 13, Samantha Armytage was sent to boarding school in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. She’d been to Sydney only twice before and was terrified. It was not a happy start. “I cried for a term,” she says. “When mum and dad first sent me I felt, ‘Why are you doing this?’. Then after a term I made friends. Girls are tricky at that age, at all ages, but that age particularly. Then you’ve got to find your little spot, and it was one of
“The chemistry has always been there but we’re really hitting our stride now where he is like a big brother … he can be like an annoying big brother but I love him.” a bit funnier. It’s a quality that has served her well as a morning television host where a lot can go wrong and a lot can be unintentionally funny. And useful when you’re working with a classic Aussie “bloke” such as Andrew O’Keefe, with whom she has been together on screen for five years. “The chemistry has always been there but we’re really hitting our stride now where he is like a big brother,” she says. “He can be like an annoying big brother but I love him. We get on so well on and off screen.” Armytage grew up the eldest of three on a property outside Adaminaby, 52 kilometres out of Cooma in the Snowy Mountains; Banjo Paterson country. “I was a very shy girl and a very polite girl,” she says. “Ask my mother and there would be no way she would have seen me doing what I do now, which is not the most shy and polite industry. “We were real country kids. We skied all winter; we rode horses all summer. I went to a school of 24 kids, six kids in my year. I was the school captain.” Television didn’t play a big part in the family’s life. “Our TV was fuzzy reception,” she says. “I remember trying to watch The Goodies. If the wind blew the wrong way and moved the aerial, we had no TV. “And we weren’t allowed to sit inside and watch TV. If you said to my father, ‘I’m bored’, he’d say, ‘There are 16,000 acres (6474 hectares) out there; I’ll see you at night-time’. We’d just get on a horse and go.” The Armytages ran sheep and cattle, with the kids sometimes helping to muster on a motorbike. “I had posters of horses all over the walls of my bedroom,”
the best things mum and dad ever did.” Armytage knew it was a privileged environment. “I’d sit on the lunch lawn and we’d have our Vegemite sandwiches and we’d look up the harbour to the bridge. As a 13-year-old you don’t fully appreciate it but every now and again you’d look up and think, ‘Wow, I’m not in Adaminaby any more, Toto’.” She soon enjoyed school. “They were all country kids, too. We were all in the same boat. By high school I became a bit of a class clown, bit of a smart alec. But the shyness is still there underneath. I’m not that great with people I don’t know. I had to become more independent and toughen up a lot.” After school she had a gap year in England, cooling her heels after a not-spectacular final year of school. Then she thought maybe she’d like to be a journalist. “I could always write and I like telling stories. And I could be funny. But I didn’t know what to do with it.” She got a job at Sky News reporting out of Canberra, which was great experience. “It was exhausting. At Sky, I covered the bushfires, then the Iraq war, then the election. I did not stop. In the grand scheme of things, it was a really lucky start.” In 2003, she was headhunted by Seven. After news reporting and more presenting, Armytage received a call from the executive producer of Weekend Sunrise. “It was a Sunday morning and I was a young reporter so I was probably hungover. He said, ‘Can you get into the studio in half an hour? We just want to screen-test you next to Andrew (O’Keefe).’ “There was something on the autocue and we read
that, then we just starting chatting and laughing and being stupid, which continues to this day. In my earpiece from the control room he said, ‘I love it, you’ve got it’. I thought, ‘I’ve got what? What am I being offered’?” Her star rose quickly. Last year she was a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. “I’ve always been quite active and quite sporty and quite co-ordinated, so I thought when I agreed to do it that I’d be better at it. And I wasn’t. Oh my God, I was bad at it. The crew used to say to me, ‘Just enjoy it’. So I did go in genuinely thinking I would just enjoy it. “But it is actually quite a serious competition. The more it went on and the more I realised I couldn’t do it, the more I was determined to enjoy it, laugh through it and take it lightly, which I think irritated the judges.” Still, she made it to the semi-finals. “My mother said, ‘When they announce you’re going through to the next round can you please stop rolling your eyes?’ But everybody else there wants to keep going. I didn’t need to win it. Just being part of it was enough for me.” Armytage, 36, has been the subject of newspaper articles discussing her weight. One recent article was headlined “I lost 5kgs and a boyfriend”. “For some reason people seem to be interested in my weight and my love life,” she says. “I think it’s because they see me as a normal girl; because I’m not that stick-skinny kind of girl that we’ve come to expect on TV. And I think that resonates with a lot of people who watch at home. “They think, ‘That’s a normal-looking girl’. Which is terrible if there are so many skinny girls that someone who’s a size 12 and quite normal has to stand out for being normal … But I think there are a lot of girls out there like me, and on-air these days, there are a lot of girls who are more normal-looking.” The discussion of her weight in the media was confronting for her. “It shocked me during Dancing because I had never thought of myself as being … it had just never been discussed … it was the first time my weight had ever been called into question in the newspapers. At first I was horrified, ‘Why are they all talking about my weight? Who cares?’ You get used to these things. “You put on weight, you lose weight, it’s just the way life goes. I feel for the girls who have babies and have to be subjected to that kind of discussion in the papers because it can be very hurtful and it’s very personal.” And TV is an unforgiving medium with nowhere to hide. Did she ever think, ‘‘Oh dear, did I just say that?’’ “Often,” she says. “It’s morning television. Most of it is not scripted. Especially with what Andrew and I do on weekends. You have to roll with it.” She gets into make-up at 5am. “I’m OK in the mornings these days. I’ve had to become a morning person. There was a time in the early days when it was tougher to get to bed earlier. But I still do what normal people do. I go to weddings and I go out and go to dinner. I just make sure I’m in bed at a reasonable time. Which is good. We should all be doing that.” She laughs … that self-deprecating, I’m-not-taking-myself-tooseriously laugh. As I leave, and ponder her story, it strikes me that this infectious laugh of hers is her secret weapon and that, when we’re talking laughs, she’s having the last one. \ pwilmoth@theweeklyreview,com.au we welcome your feedback @
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bout a year ago we moved into a new house. It’s lovely, everything is in the right place and I finally have an en suite. But in the new house, we can hear what our neighbours are up to. Which means they can hear us, too. In our old house, we lived next to an elderly couple. With the exception of some strange middle-of-the-night coughing and the odd conversation about whether or not the weekly catalogues from Coles had arrived yet, we rarely heard from them at all. But then they packed up and went off to a nursing home and a young family moved in. That’s when I realised our houses weren’t all that soundproof after all. Our old neighbours were quiet people who may well have done nothing but read supermarket catalogues, but our new neighbours were like us – a rambunctious, out-of-control bunch. At night, I could hear their kids running up and down on the floorboards and I’d think the noise was being made by mine, even though I knew they were asleep in bed. It took me ages to work out whether my mind was playing tricks on me or we were being haunted by the ghosts of kids who never slept. Every time I ran into the mum next door (who is now my friend), she’d say: “Oh my god, I am always sick with worry thinking you can hear me screaming at the kids. We are so feral.” And I would say: “Same, same, same.” But it’s not like that in our new house with its new neighbours. Right now, I can hear the mum playing gleefully with her child in their backyard and – I don’t want to cast aspersions or anything – she does only have one so far, which I’m hoping is why I haven’t heard a lot of screaming. The parenting gloss hasn’t worn off yet.
But, oh, what that hopeful, happy young parent hears from me! “Would you stop swinging that poor dog on the hammock,” and, “Don’t leave your toys outside, who do you think will bring them in later?” And a perennial favourite – “Dinner’s ready”, followed five minutes later with, “Dinner’s ready, and if I have to say it one more time I’m feeding it to the dogs”. Then there’ll be some other empty threat about dinner and the bin or some poor starving kids in Africa a few minutes after that. She must be choking on her organic tofu. All the time now, especially when I’m in the backyard, I’m having strange, out-of-body moments when, halfway through some rant, I think my neighbour may be listening. That’s when I hear my own voice, mid-scream, and realise I sound like a tired old witch. Maybe that’s why no one’s coming for dinner. Years ago, we lived in Dublin, in a flat in an old nunnery. It sounds kind of romantic but it was damp and cold and there was a payphone in the hall, which says it all really. The landlord was a thieving old snake who put a thin wall in the middle of one large room to make it two – one of which became our bedroom, the other a bedroom of the flat next door. I know you’re probably thinking, “Oh dear, the things they must have heard, oh the hysterical shenanigans of the wild young couple next door.” But there was no young couple next door. Instead, there was a middle-aged man who slept all day and all night and all I could ever hear was the sound of him snoring. I was worried sick for him. It’s not always that good to hear your neighbours, their loud conversations or their quiet ones – and sometimes it’s not that good to hear their just-plain-quiet. But did I mention our new next door neighbours have an outdoor spa? Oh, the things we hear! \ firstname.lastname@example.org we welcoMe your feedback
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barista \ leanne tolra reviews GarDiner anD FielD last week. The business partners had been eyeing off the milk bar on the corner of Union and Orchard streets in Armadale and its 18 month-long renovation process involved loads of help from family and friends. Gardiner and Feldy, who met and kindled their ambition for joint café ownership while working at nearby Woodstock Espresso Bar in High Street, say Kate and Jazz were the inspiration behind the café’s chic interior. The three-month-old venture is tucked into the quiet backstreets of Armadale, opposite evergreen turf tennis courts and shaded by sturdy old-suburb trees. Its menu is short but inventive, featuring spiced quinoa, pumpkin and chickpea fritters and rhubarb and strawberry tortillas (think chilled crépes) cheerily garnished with orange and mint. Coffee is roasted by The Maling Room in Canterbury. There’s a secret house blend of four premium beans, a rotating single-origin and a weekend espresso blend named Black Mamba that’s 50/50 Yirgacheffe and Honduras beans. Gardiner and Feldy are sporting Movember moustaches this month as part of their business policy to support
12 charities each year. So far they’ve raised $900 for ovarian cancer research with a 100km walk, $800 for the Heart Foundation and $1200 for Beyond Blue.
Gardiner and Field 43 Union Street, Armadale Phone \ 9078 1125 Barista \ Nick Gardiner and Jesse Feldy Coffee \ The Maling Room Barista’s choice \ Long macchiato, long black Open \ Monday to Friday 7am-4pm; weekends 8am-4pm
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head barista duties. Feldy began making coffee at Woodstock Espresso Bar 10 years ago, while he was still at school. He spent five years there and another two at 30 Mill Café in Malvern. He’s had no formal training but has learnt “from people who have a wealth of knowledge”. Gardiner, who spent 3½ years at Woodstock, first made coffee in an Ashburton café aged 14. He polished his skills in London, but says he realised how little he knew when he returned home and found a job at The Maling Room. Their new café has a gleaming Synesso Cyncra espresso machine and a 1980s Rancilio manual lever machine, each used for the coffee that suits it best. A house-blend espresso, served in a glossy mint-green cup, will be a viscous drop rich with caramel and toffee overtones and a mild cherry-like acidity. A three-quarter café latte will be refined, with a mid-palate burst of honey and a milk-chocolate finish. \ email@example.com
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Single yellow rosebuds sit in tiny vases in the centre of each table and dark denim aprons hang from pegs at this former milk bar. White walls are offset by matte-charcoal trimmings and modern artworks. There’s a big communal table in front of the fireplace in a sunken rear room, and neat rows of smaller tables line up against broad windows. Four giant-sized light globes hang over the front counter, showing off the barista’s station and the array of tempting treats. Outside, sturdy timber tables let dog walkers and pram pushers rest and soak up the sun. \
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estaurateur Chris Lucas loves a catchy name – first he gave us Chin Chin, now there’s Baby. Like its predecessor, Baby has been wildly popular ever since opening (last month). Staff say they’d expected at least breakfast would be calm to begin with, but the place has been pumping pretty much from dawn ’til late, every day. I imagine there’s a brief lull between 4pm and 4.15pm, but otherwise it’s all systems go-go-go at The Restaurant Formerly Known as Pearl. Another thing Baby and Chin Chin have in common is a language tape playing on loop in the toilets. At Baby, you can learn to say io non copisco in the time it takes to tap the kidneys. Genius. Obviously, décor-wise, the two diverge. Where Chin Chin is warehouse Asian with sexy masonry, street art and crowd-pleasing Thai from a Nahm-trained crew, Baby is conceptualised Italian trattoria with a trio of native chefs dishing up crowd-pleasing cucina. Aside from the location, recessed from Church Street within a pizza’s toss from the bridge, you wouldn’t recognise the once-hallowed altar of Geoff Lindsay’s duck curry. The red light bathing the entry and white-painted interiors conjure a traditional trattoria, with a dash of renovator chic in the canvas backdrops and wood floors. Leather-cushioned banquettes and cool Bentwoods in filing-cabinet grey with tan leather detailing lift the tone but the mood is very definitely relaxed, loud, bright and busy as Christmas. There are some excellent staff here – like wine guy Shane, possibly the most charming somm in Melbourne – and also some duds. Things go pretty smoothly on a late-ish weeknight, but Sunday lunch is amusingly skewiff. Staff bring the wrong wine to us, forget a carafe at the table next door, and then deliver us the wrong pizza. Even when the right one arrives, it’s still slightly wrong. Its puffy, pan-fried dough is dressed with melting, creamy mozzarella burrata, basil leaves and tomatoes straight from the fridge. Not caramelised as the menu promised, but raw, chilled and sliced. A prosciutto pizza is more on the money – a simple arrangement of thin, crisp crust topped with pukka produce like fior de latte and San Marzano tomatoes. Such quality ingredients are the backbone of the menu, from the trio of cold cuts in the salumi misti to the free-range chicken cacciatora, but the kitchen doesn’t always do them justice. There is ricotta with mint and broadbeans, served on a too-crisp, too-thin bruschetta. What could be a light, summery muddle of seasonal ingredients on chewy charred toast is a crunchy bread wafer with bruised mint and lacklustre beans. Tuna tartare also lacks that just-fresh shimmer. I like the intense savouriness of capers, feisty olive oil and chilli, but too much salt smothers the tuna flavours. That said, they do a cracking calamari. The go-to dish on so many Italian menus is presented here as short strips of squid flash-fried in a sizzling pan and then tossed with rocket leaves and crushed olive. The balance of sweet fish and salty olive is just right.
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Pity the waiter whisks away the plate before we’re quite finished. There’s a heavy Italian emphasis to the wine list – in origin as well as grape variety – but bottles are priced reasonably, with plenty in the $40-$50 bracket, and at least one for $39. Our pasta has been made on a chitarra, apparently,
A fine dish: Blue-eye cod with clams, tomatoes and potato chunks. (DarrIaN TrayNor)
a stringed box (chitarra = guitar) over which the pasta is rolled gently to extrude square spaghetti ribbons. It’s cooked in very salty water and served with porky garlic sausage chunks, chilli and wild greens – also amazingly salty but not in an awful way. Me piace molto. We want the rabbit braised in white wine and peas, but they don’t have it, so we settle for the blue-eye with clams, tomatoes and salsa verde. There’s plenty of charred and juicy white fish seasoned with sweet herbed tomatoes, and pipis for texture and taste. There are also potato chunks that feel unnecessary, but it’s still a fine fish dish. Desserts cover some of the greatest hits of Italian dolci, from tiramisu to the individual lemon tarts that are all the rage this Sunday lunch. We snack on more rustic sfinci instead, four fried pastry bombs crusted in cinnamon sugar and a hint of orange zest, with a so-so chocolatey goop in which to dip them. The sorbet and gelati selection wins rave reviews, from the mango (super) to the nougat (wonderful). Sorbets, spaghetti and calamari aside, I’m not blown away by the cooking. But friends who are also dining this sunny afternoon tell me later they thought Baby was fantastic – “though maybe a bit loud”. They live just nearby, so their opinion is the one that matters. \ firstname.lastname@example.org To read more reviews
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The art of cuptage
the grapes that go into Cava are fermented separately and then combined as a blend, a process called cuptage in Catalan. When the blend is complete, the wines are bottled and undergo a second fermentation, which creates the fizz. each of the grapes used in the blend adds different characters. here’s what the region’s three main grapes add to the wines:
here’s a saying in the Spanish town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia that its children are baptised twice – first at the church and then with a nip of the local sparkling wine, Cava, at the celebration that follows. Cava is more than a drink in Catalonia – it’s a way of life. It’s everywhere – from a glass of it with a pastry in the Boqueria market before starting the day to the local back-street Cava bars where time stands still and the heaving Can Paixano Cava bar in the beachside Barcelona suburb La Barceloneta. In Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, a 40-minute train ride east of Barcelona and home to 80 Cava producers, it’s estimated that 70 per cent of the town’s population is involved in the Cava industry. Cava is not just a name, it’s a classified wine region, which sits in a triangle between the towns of Tarragona, Montserrat and Penedes. Law decrees that Cava must be made in the same way as Champagne – with a second fermentation and ageing in the bottle – and that the vines cannot be irrigated. The vines are grown over limestone soil, which retains moisture and helps the vines survive often-baking conditions. I visited the cellars of the Cava behemoth Freixenet, which makes 90 million bottles a year, with grapes sourced from 1000 growers. The Freixenet Cordon Negro has been a staple in our house for years, and it was great to see winemaking on such a large scale. While wine has been made in the region for centuries, Cava is a relatively new name. Up until the 1980s, Cava was labelled as Champagne, with a note on the label that read “wine from Cave”. When the name Champagne was taken back by the French, the wines were formally named Cava. It’s said in the region that this identity change gave the wine a rebirth and pushed quality forward to what it is now. There are three main grape varieties that make cava –
macabeu, parellada and xarel.lo – and another six that can be used, which are pinot noir, chardonnay, monastrell, trepat, malvasia and garnacha. Keep an eye out for the delightful rosés made of monastrell and garnacha. The wine is aged in bottles for a minimum nine months for entry-level wines, 15 months for a reserva and 30 months for a grand reserva, with the wines gaining complexity the longer they spend in the bottle. \ email@example.com
Macabeu the first grape harvested each year. It’s picked early for its acid and brings structure to the blend. It also brings aromatics that shine through with age and produce secondary characteristics. Xarel.lo Grown near the coast, it’s a grape that brings alcohol and body to the blend. Parellada Grown 250 metres above sea level, parellada brings fruity aromas, partictlarly green apple and melon, along with freshness and elegance to the blend.
TAsTE THis Agusti Torello Mata Reserva 2008
Freixenet Cordon Negro NV
(Cava) $45; 11.5% ★★★★ ½ fiNEssE
From old vines in the Penedes, this is a 39/23/38 blend of macabeu, xarel.lo and parellada. It’s brimming with complexity – green apple, pear, salada biscuit, honey and lemon-zest aromas. these characters are mirrored with intensity and finesse on the palate. a vigorous, smooth mousse is matched with grippy acid and, while it is refreshing and dry, there’s a touch of sweet honey flavour that carries through on the long finish.
regularly found priced at about $12 a bottle, with grapes hand-picked and, true to Cava rules, fermented in the bottle using the French methode champenoise technique. apple, pear, Juicy Fruit chewing gum tropicals and biscuity yeast aromas fill the glass, while in the mouth there’s rich lemon, butter biscuit (think scotch Fingers), grilled nuts and white stone-fruit flavours. It’s quite bubbly, with refreshing acid and a clean finish. It’s widely available and a good entry into the world of Cava.
Food match \ Bacalau croquettes Food match \ Chiperones and haricot beans
Vallformosa Clasic Brut Rose NV
Raventos i Blanc Reserva Brut 2009
(Cava) $26; 12% ★★★★
a 80/20 blend of grenache and mataro, this is a fruit-driven delight. It’s not overly complex, but that’s not its style – this is a wine to be enjoyed, and with some gusto. strawberries, cherries and raspberries dominate the aromas and carry on to the palate, where there’s good depth of flavour. It’s fabulously creamy, with a fine mousse, and it floats along the tongue, with crisp acid and a nice grip providing structure. length is good, too, but it’s easy to miss as the next sip tends to follow quickly.
Pick of the week
(Cava) $14; 12% ★★★★
(Cava) $39; 12% ★★★★ ½ DEliCATE
a rather elegant wine, this nearly got lost in the line-up of Cavas I tried for this column. It’s delicate and layered and, with 60 per cent of this made up of macabeu, the emphasis is on structure. First, it smells of fresh-cut pear, roast nuts, orange and sea spray. this fine combo leads to a creamy texture, zippy acid – it’s a really well-structured wine – and complex flavours of fresh apple and pear, pithy citrus and a little earth. It finishes with intense citrus and stone-fruit notes – great characters for an aperatif.
Food match \ morcilla on toast Food match \ Cold, cooked prawns
The Story Tempest Shiraz 2011 (Grampians) $24; 13.5% ★★★★ ½
last year was a tough one around the country for the makers of red wine, with cool temperatures and above-average rainfall. the Grampians copped floods and a locust plague, yet still managed to produce some high-quality, interesting wines. here’s another. Plums, blueberry, white pepper and spice aromas have a bright perfume and these characters are complemented on the medium-bodied palate with pretty, stalky notes and a touch of vanilla oak. It’s smooth, silky even, with a nice structure of bright acid and fine, grippy tannins. high drinkability. Food match \ Confit duck legs
5★ Outstanding 4★ Really good 3★ Good
2★ OK ★ Not worth it
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Issey Miyake Pleats Please EDT \ 50ml \ $105
Gucci Premiere EDP \ 75ml \ $168
Lancôme La vie est belle EDP \ 50ml \ $130
Fragrance category \ Floral.
Fragrance category \ Woody floral.
Fragrance category \ Floral fruity.
Scent notes \ Iris pallida, jasmine sambac,
Scent notes \ Orange blossom, white flowers, musk, leather and wood.
Scent notes \ Nashi, peony, sweet
orange blossom and patchouli. Perfume nose \ Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion
Perfume nose \ Nathalie Lawson.
Perfume nose \ Aurelien Guichard.
What I say … Sexiness is the Gucci trademark,
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surprising fresh hint of woodiness; will instantly win over many fans.
pea, patchouli, cedar, vanilla and white musk.
and Anne Flipo.
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Eau de cologne (EDC) 3-8% of aromatic compounds
Tom Ford Jardin Noir Ombre De Hyacinth EDP \ 50ml \ $290 Fragrance category \
Floral oriental. Scent notes \ Hyacinth,
galbanum, violet leaf, magnolia, pink pepper, jasmine and benzoin. Perfume nose \ Calice Becker.
Robert Piguet Bois Noir EDP \ 100ml \ $230
Fragrance category \ Woody.
Fragrance category \
Scent notes \ Guaiac wood,
Scent notes \ Bergamot,
cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, balsam, citrus absolute.
verbena, caraway, pink pepper, violet, nutmeg, iris, rose, amber, patchouli, civet and vanilla.
Perfume nose \
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What I say … If you are truly
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perfume will be on many wish lists; seductive, masculine and provocative – a definite crowd-pleaser.
Tom Ford Noir EDP \ 50ml \ $150
to smile – it is truly happiness in a bottle.
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay EDC \ 100ml \ $170
What I say … Every time I smell this scent I want
Fragrance category \ Fruity. Scent notes \ Grapefruit, blackcurrant
Thirdman Eau Profonde, Eau Monumentale, Eau Moderne EDC \ 50ml \ $89
bud, galbanum, lily of the valley, jasmine vetiver and cedarwood.
Fragrance category \ Aromatic.
Perfume nose \ Fabrice Pellegrin.
Scent notes \
What I say … Fresh and fruity with a hint
Profonde (ambergris) Monumentale (bergamot, mimosa) Moderne (orris root).
of spiciness and woodiness. It reminds me of rolling fields, earthiness and the art of fruit picking. It titillates and surprises but, most importantly, it is a very inviting scent.
Perfume nose \ Bruno Jovanovic and
Clement Gavarry (Eau Profonde).
What I say … Tom Ford wanted
to explore the darker side of florals, and he has done it with success and finesse. The scent is smokey with a back note of dense florals, just perfect. Provide an IOU for this must-have range as it is only available on December 26 – something to look forward to.
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What I say … One of the most
sensational new launches ever. The brainchild of Jean-Christophe le Greves and a mysterious silent partner. Thirdman is redefining how we wear fragrances, especially colognes. The scents are universal, modern, distinctive and carefully crafted to be either spritzed or splashed – you are the boss. I can’t wait to see what else they deliver down the road.
Scent notes \ Truffle, lily of the valley
and oak moss. Perfume nose \ Jacques Cavallier. What I say … L.I.L.Y is the acronym for Linda I Love You, Paul McCartney’s special name for Stella’s mum. The fragrance is clean, floral and sweet and the bottle is art-deco perfection. A fresh new take on a famed ingredient – lily of the valley – just brilliant.
Fragrance category \ Floral. Scent notes \ Neroli, raspberry, tangerine
jasmine, orange blossom, vanilla, marshmallow and sandalwood. Perfume nose \ Procter & Gamble team. What I say … The relaunch of this scent is
well timed and perfect for a new generation. The floral scent is alluring and sexy but never demanding – a winner.
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Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y EDP \ 50ml \ $115 Dolce & Gabbana Pour femme EDP \ 100ml \ $161 Amouage Interlude Man EDP \ 50ml \ $355
Fragrance category \ Floral.
Fragrance category \
Spicy floral. Scent notes \ Cardamom, cumin, neroli, ylang ylang, Damascena rose, tuberose, cedarwood, sandalwood and patchouli. Perfume nose \ Dominique Ropion. What I say … Another success from this cult fashion house, this exotically mixed scent gives new meaning to spicy floral. It is strong, sexy and distinctive but never overpowering.
recently had the pleasure of being in the company of Jörg Zimmermann, the in-house perfumer for Dr Hauschka, when he astutely said, “We have become a culture of ear and eye, of seeing and hearing, although, the sense of smell is a fascinating aspect of perception. We seem to ignore it often or it plays second fiddle.” Fragrance category \ Fragrance category \ Green. I thought to myself how true this observation is. Some scents Woody oriental. can transport a person to a happy place, memories of warmth, Scent notes \ Palm-tree leaves, laughter and fun flood in. Now wouldn’t you want to give that Scent notes \ Bergamot, green pepper, dew mist, jungle as a gift? A gesture that is more than just a vial of some liquid oregano, pimento, amber, leaves, ivy leaves, orris roots, but a key to unlock far-off exotic places, cherished memories, frankincense, myrrh, coriander, gunpowder accord, vetiver, desire, passion and untold possibilities. leather, agar wood, patchouli white musk. But picking a suitable scent is not as easy as liking the bottle and sandalwood. or marketing material. It takes gumption and understanding. Perfume nose \ Buying a fragrance is personal. Perfume nose \ Jean-Christophe Herault. You must put some thought into it, research the person’s Pierre Negrin. likes and dislikes and work within that framework. Find out What I say … One of the best if they like a certain fragrance note or release. Try to see what What I say … Bold, sexy, green fragrances I have smelt in a else is out there to complement that scent rather than taking mysterious and sophisticated while. Clean, fresh, interesting and the easy way out by buying more of what they already own. Comme des Garcon – everything you need in a totally exciting – a perfect melody for Oscar de la Renta, famed designer, believes that if you wear Amazingreen masculine fragrance. the senses. a different scent every day, he would not recognise EDP \ 50ml \ $132 you. He is not alone in this belief. In the past, people have been encouraged to have a signature scent, like a trademark. Keiko Mecheri Bespoke Byredo Seven Veils EDP \ 50ml \ $158 I am with the growing band of Collection Vetiver Velours scent advocates that do not subscribe To win a large EDP \ 75ml \ $295 Fragrance category \ Spicy oriental. to this. Wearing the same brand fragrance-filled hamper or formula is tiresome and too worth $1000, post a Scent notes \ Carrot seed, pimento, Fragrance category \ safe. If you like certain aspects comment at Woody aromatic. vanilla flower, Laurier rose, tiger orchid, of a favourite, try branching out www.theweeklyreview.com.au/beauty vanilla and sandalwood. and understanding what is it Scent notes \ Precious woods, you like about the scent and try on why and how some Perfume nose \ Olivia Giacobetti, spices, musk, oud and vetiver. complementary options. fragrances influence Jerome Epinette. I am also adamant that categorising and/or surprise you Perfume nose \ Yann Vasnier. fragrances as male and female overtures What I say … Although inspired by Salome’s are outdated. I rather look at scents as What I say … A cushioned woody provocative dance from the Bible, this alluring masculine and feminine on their scent aromatic scent, it is sweet but not girly. fragrance breathes new meaning to being properties but that can be worn by either sex. Robust but not blatantly masculine. provocative and alluring. The vanilla is caressed You will be very surprised how notes react to your This is a happy marriage of woods and with rose and sandalwood – just genius. body heat and pheromones. That is why certain scents just do spice that will be loved unanimously. not work on some, while others sing to the heavens. Buying any scent is intimidating as this year alone 1200 new scents hit the market to join the thousands that StockiStS » Amouage \ costume National \ keiko Mecheri \ Robert Piguet \ selected Myer, David Jones are already there. & www.libertineparfumerie.com.au But don’t be deterred. I am here to help this festive season so tom Ford \ selected David Jones you can do the extraordinary by buying someone a scent that is Jo Malone \ www.jomalone.com.au & selected David Jones special, sexy, exciting and, above all, unexpected. \ dhav nidu comme Des Garcon, thirdman, Byredo \ www.meccacosmetica.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Gucci \ Lancôme \ Dolce & Gabbana Stella Mccartney \ Myer & David Jones
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THE NUTCRAKER For many New Yorkers, the Nutcracker is as much a part of Christmas as decorating the tree. And it would seem not just the Americans have taken to this ballet. This lavish production returns to The National Theatre in St Kilda, after two sold-out performances in 2008 and 2010. All the show highlights will make an appearance, including a four-metre Christmas tree, penguins on sleighs, owls, the beautiful snow queen and snow fairies. ■ The National Theatre, 20 Carlisle Street, St Kilda. December 7-9, session times vary. 9525 4611 aRt FLOAT, UNE ÉCHAPPATOIRE “A loophole, in this world so cruel” is the title of this exhibition of abstract works by artists Annie Erez and Alison Kennedy. Erez has created aerial landscapes that are just as much a mind map as they are a true geographical representation. She works in ink and enamel, producing images that tread a fine balance between chaos and order. Alison Kennedy has a background in architecture and design, and you can see how this has influenced the sense of space in her acrylic and oil canvases. ■ Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda. Until December 4, Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm, and Sunday 1-6pm. 9525 3463 Want youR EvEnt listEd?
THE 2012 A.M.E. BALE TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP AND ART PRIZE EXHIBITION OF FINALISTS Alice Marian Bale was born in 1875, and knew from a very young age she wanted to be an artist. She never left Victoria and painted from her studios in Kew and Castlemaine, soon becoming noted for her paintings of flowers and winning several prizes. Interestingly, this scholarship in her name encourages travelling, but perhaps more importantly, a desire to study the works of the masters and display talent in the traditional methods of painting. This exhibition will showcase the work of the finalists. ■ Glen Eira City Council Gallery, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn roads, Caulfield. December 1-16, Monday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm. 9524 3333 caRols TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS CAROLS Celebrate Christmas with an evening of carols at Rippon Lea House and Gardens. Local school choirs and bands will perform Christmas carols. Bring along picnic makings and settle in with family and friends. There’ll be stalls selling food and Santa Claus will make an appearance so the little ones can share what’s on their wish lists. ■ Rippon Lea House and Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick. December 3, 5.30-8.30pm. 9523 6095. \ COMPILED BY LEXI COTTEE
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o renovate a period house is to negotiate the muddy waters of preservation versus modernisation: how to reconcile century-old design elements with a contemporary lifestyle. The current vendors of this c1915 Edwardian reconfigured its floor plan to suit the needs of a growing family more than 12 years ago, and have since set about restoring and enriching its classic features, inside and out. From its elevated position, the house cuts a fine figure among its more hidden neighbours, a meticulously tuckpointed façade framed by cream-painted timber fretwork, the first of many enhancements on display. The main bedroom features the first of four original fireplaces opposite a box-bay window, which would be the perfect size for a sunny window seat. Changes to the floor plan gave this bedroom a spacious en suite when the old dining room was transformed into two bathrooms. Despite being a more recent addition to the house, both have been decorated in a style that is sympathetic to the other rooms, with tessellated tiles and an impressive claw-foot bath in the main bathroom. The dado panels lining the central hallway have been
designed to emulate original pressed-metal ceilings in the lounge but are a much more forgiving of grubby fingers and wayward tennis balls. The lounge features a box-bay window with timber architraves, as well as another original fireplace and elaborate cornices. Two more bedrooms at either ends of the hallway complete the accommodation. Stretching the width of the house, the kitchen, meals and family area is a functional hub with leadlight windows overlooking the backyard. The back door is the perfect spot from which to appreciate the sheer size of the block and the potential to extend further. At 836 square metres, the block permits a large extension without losing too much of backyard. But if you like wide-open spaces, particularly those this close to bustling Glen Huntly Road, parting with a fully landscaped garden of this size would be no easy task. A position of such convenience demands a house that can cater for a modern family lifestyle and, despite a largely restorative renovation, this property offers all that and more. Perhaps they were onto something in 1915. \ JO DAVY firstname.lastname@example.org
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Perched in a modern apartment complex arrayed around a huge central courtyard with a Mediterranean feel to it, this is an appealing first-floor apartment. A tiled entrance gives way to polished floorboards that spread throughout the large, open-plan, north-facing living area at the heart of this residence. With air-conditioning and heating, this apartment will be cosy no matter what weather Melbourne throws at you. There’s plenty of natural light in this great space that opens onto a big, paved terrace, perfect for enjoying the summer sun. A contemporary kitchen with granite benchtops is arranged in an almost horseshoe shape, leaving plenty of room to manoeuvre. Stainless-steel Bosch appliances and a spacious pantry complete the picture. The main bedroom has thick, luxurious cream carpets and a walk-in wardrobe leading to a warm-hued marble en suite. It also leads to the terrace at the front. A second bedroom has mirrored built-in wardrobes and is next to a spacious bathroom with separate shower and tub. A European laundry is convenient. The property comes with two secure car parks and a storage cage. It is a short walk from Caulfield Park. \ STEPHEN A. RUSSELL
Auction \ December 2 at 1.30pm
final word “This aTTracTive edwardian has sTunning period feaTures and offers a conTemporary family lifesTyle on a huge block of land.” bill sTavrakis – agenT
Biggin Scott \ 9523 9444
Price \ $1.55 million +
Auction \ December 1 at noon
Fast facts \ Edwardian property built c1915 and restored by current vendors; tuckpointed façade with timber fretwork; box-bay windows in the front rooms; elaborate cornices and polished timber floorboards throughout; four original open fireplaces with timber mantels; pressed-metal ceilings; two bathrooms renovated in period style, the main with a claw-foot bath; modern kitchen and meals area overlooking large backyard; fully landscaped front and back gardens on an 836-square metre allotment; close to Glen Huntly Road shops and cafés. Elsternwick \ 8kms from the city
Bennison Mackinnon \ 9864 5000 85 Downshire Road Price \ $1.5 million – $1.6 million Auction \ December 1 at 10.30am
This gorgeous Edwardian house takes pride of place in a well-kept garden abundant with white roses. A boad hallway with polished timber floorboards and soarin, elaborately detailed ceilings has two large bedrooms, both with open fireplaces, off to the right. Across the hall, a huge formal lounge with stunning ceiling rose and vast window seat has a grand yet simultaneously homely feel to it, with its own fireplace. The main bedroom is next, with yet another fireplace. A large walk-in wardrobe is cleverly tucked behind a freestanding wall, with the en suite off to one side. Picture rails line the walls. A study with built-in desk and shelves could be used as a fourth bedroom, with the immaculate second bathroom opposite, including claw-foot bath. A huge open-plan living space to the rear is awash with natural light and features a fantastic pale-stone kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. Two sets of french doors lead to the magnificent backyard, which has a shed. \ STEPHEN A. RUSSELL
Hocking Stuart \ 9557 7733 10 Bevan Street Auction \ December 1 at 11.30am Price \ $930,000 – $980,000
A cute art deco façade set in manicured gardens hides a surprisingly large property, thanks to a stylish, contemporary extension. Inside are period detail ceilings. The main bedroom is a bright space with a cinema screen-wide window and a huge dressing room. A sliding door reveals the spacious en suite with dark porcelain tiles and cream tones. It has a pale-stone double vanity. Across the hall, a spacious second bedroom with built-in wardrobes also displays those fantastic ceilings, while a third bedroom is next to the spa-like main bathroom. The extension houses the enormous living space with vast cathedral ceilings and a wall of glass at the far end. A modern concrete feature wall houses an open fireplace, creating the perfect entertainment hub. The sparkling CaesarStone kitchen has a stainless-steel Smeg oven. Upstairs is a cosy retreat and a study with built-in desk, plus roof storage. The low-maintenance backyard has plenty of room for entertaining. \ STEPHEN A. RUSSELL
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Directly opposite Duncan Mackinnon Reserve at the North Road end of Murrumbeena Road, this townhouse offers a functional two-storey floor plan and a private backyard. The entrance hall concludes with a European laundry to one side and a powder room to the other. Interconnected living and dining rooms with herringbone parquetry floors run the full length of ground level. The dining area is open to the kitchen with its stainless-steel appliances, black-tiled splashback and black granite benchtops. Glass doors in the dining area open to the compact backyard, which has a paved section and neat lawns bracketed by pittosporum hedges. The double garage has a door to the backyard and its yard-facing wall hosts a folding clothes line. Upstairs, all three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The main bathroom has a bath and a shower. The main bedroom has a double-vanity en suite and a park-view balcony. \ kay keighery
Price \ $560,000 â€“ $610,000 auction \ December 1 at 2.30pm
Marshall White Brighton 9822 9999 4
Hocking Stuart Caulfield 8532 5200 4
14 Harcourt Avenue, Caulfield ................................................................. Price: $1.25 million - $1.4 million ................................................................. Auction Sunday December 2 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Sat 11.45-12.15pm; Sun from noon .................................................................
1/33 Hartington Street, Elsternwick ................................................................. Price: $580,000 - $640,000 ................................................................. Auction Sunday December 16 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Sat, Sun as advertised .................................................................
Impeccably maintained house, ideal for those looking for low-maintenance luxury. Includes formal living/dining, family room, study, kitchen and north-facing patio.
A unique first-floor residence of penthouse proportions, this outstanding four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment offers a lifestyle of luxury and space.
Let's eat lunch @ Eden, 121 Glenferrie Road Let's eat dinner @ Sugo, 105 Wattletree Road Let's drink coffee @ Spout, 48 Glen Eira Road
Let's eat lunch @ Grill'd, 332 Glenhuntly Road Let's eat dinner @ Arabesque, 1 Carre St Let's drink coffee @ Goat House, 3 Elsternwick Place
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hocking Stuart \ 9569 3666
Gary Peer & Associates 9526 1999
Hocking Stuart Caulfield 8532 5200 5
Hocking Stuart Bentleigh 9557 7733 4
26 Parker Street, Ormond ................................................................. Price: $1.4 million + ................................................................. Auction Saturday December 8 at 11.30am ................................................................. OFI By appointment .................................................................
15 Saturn Street, Caulfield South ................................................................. Price: $1.4 million - $1.5 million ................................................................. Auction Sunday December 2 at 12.30pm .................................................................
25 Wright Street, Bentleigh ................................................................. Price: $1.05 million - $1.15 million ................................................................. Auction Sunday December 9 at 12.30pm ................................................................. OFI Wed 6-6.30pm; Sat as advertised .................................................................
Renovation full of light, luxury and space blends old and new beautifully. This master craftsman's own home has vast living and dining spaces.
Stunning five-bedroom, four-bathroom contemporary house with two fabulous living zones, granite kitchen, expansive views, pool and double garage.
Superb four-bedroom plus study and twobathroom single-level residence with two entertainment zones, covered outdoor area, pool and double garage.
Let's eat lunch @ The Ormond Providore, 746 North Rd Let's eat dinner @ Bombay Club, 556 North Rd Let's drink coffee @ Gauge Espresso, 3 Katandra Rd
Let's eat lunch @ K2K, 584 Glenhuntly Rd Let's eat dinner @ Bombay By Night, 355 North Rd Let's drink coffee @ Pain Au Chocolat, 592 Glenhuntly Rd
Let's eat lunch @ Formosa's Kitchen Star, 317 Centre Rd Let's eat dinner @ Ripples, 453 Centre Rd Let's drink coffee @ Zou Gs, 353 Centre Rd
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Bentleigh east 3
Buxton \ 9563 9933 26 Milford street Price \ $950,000 – $1.05 million Auction \ December 8 at 12.30pm
Blint Design and Construction is respected postcode in the local area, and this two-storey residence is the builders’ own. His wife was in charge of the interior design, which incorporates individual features and a variety of colours. On the ground floor there’s a lounge with folding doors to a dining room, an open-plan kitchen, meals and family area, a bathroom, a laundry and two bedrooms. The first floor adds a study and a main bedroom suite with his-and-hers walk-in wardrobes, an en suite with a spa bath and a large balcony. The kitchen has African stone benchtops, emporite cabinetry and modern appliances. The lounge and dining rooms have Sydney blue gum floorboards and cove ceilings. The family room has a bar and sliding glass doors to the rear timber deck. The outdoor entertainment area to the side of the house is covered by a Perspex pergola canopy. The pool and spa are glass-fenced and the cabana is painted in beach-box colours. \ KAy KeiGHery
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26 Milford st 11 Hillside Ave 658 Centre rd 25 Wright st 16 Mortimore st
24-26 Mackie rd 285 east Boundary rd 23a deakin st 1/43 Lahona Ave 45 Lancaster st 1a Orloff st 2/121 Tambet st 13 Patricia st 23 Purtell st 3 Harper Ave
5 Murrumbeena rd 12 Beena Ave
14 Harcourt Ave
Caulfield east 2 Moodie st
Caulfield north 16b/153 Hawthorn rd 9 Powderham rd 18 Kelburn st 15a Kooyong rd
Caulfield south 15 saturn st
305/37-39 station rd
elsternwiCk 16 staniland Gve
AGeNT PAGe Buxton Buxton Castran Gilbert Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart
22 23 28 29 32
Buxton Buxton Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Hocking Stuart Woodards Woodards Woodards
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Marshall White Hocking Stuart
Gary Peer Gary Peer Gary Peer Hocking Stuart
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85 downshire rd Bennison Mackinnon
1/33 Hartington st
mckinnon 287 Jasper rd
31 Lysbeth st
murrumBeena 487 Neerim rd
Biggin & Scott
ormond 1/1 Bewdley st 26 Parker st 17a Wicklow st 10 Bevan st
st kilda east 17 Lynedoch Ave
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introduced Buxton St Kilda welcomes Dallas Parkinson It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dallas Parkinson to the property management team at Buxton St Kilda. Previously a member of the team at Buxton Elsternwick, Dallas has built a loyal following of landlords and tenants, and she looks forward to continuing that trend in the future. With her deep knowledge of the rental markets in Elsternwick, Caulﬁeld, St Kilda, St Kilda East and Elwood, Dallas is a perfect ﬁt Buxton St Kilda team, led by property management expert Courtney Maguire.
Courtney Maguire Dallas Parkinson St Kilda Ofﬁce
Together Courtney and Dallas have more than 30 years of property management experience, and they understand the importance of taking personal care of your investment property. This is proven by the large number of their previous clients who have followed them throughout their extensive real estate careers. Should you have any property management questions, they would be delighted to speak with you today, and will, at the same time, provide you with a FREE health check of your investment property – to ensure you are maximising your return.
0431 277 222 0407 271 141 9536 7222
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