Wed 27th Feb. As nothing much happens during the day at the Fringe, I had to take another trip out of the city with my friend Donald to another couple of wineries and a whisky distillery. This is so much part of the culture of South Australia, that it is essential to visit as many “Cellar Door” experiences as possible. We went to Penny’s Hill and had an exceptional range of wines and a platter feast. Then on to Fleurieu Distillery in Goolwa. I had prior knowledge of this place as they produce a single malt called Whisky Kisses! As most Right Lines friends and supporters will know, our musical Whisky Kisses dates back to 2005 when we entered the Highland Quest and nearly won. The show toured Scotland in 2010 and then of course became the flagship production at Pitlochry Festival Theatre during season 2014.
So, it felt important to make the connection!
We met Angela who is the distiller and sampled a drop of Whisky Kisses. It’s only 3 years old, but was very pleasant and at 55%, quite powerful. Also sampled Atlantic Crossing and another expression called Bogart & Bacall which was a mighty 61.2%. We skipped over copyright issues, but I did make it clear we own the whiskykisses.com website… available at a good price!
Then on to a funky, arty winery called the Cube, which had the most unnerving urinals in the world. Bizarrely, I didn’t like all the wines. So, we had to try another on the way home home. Alphabox and Dice which was like a hipster winery with a cool dude called Tristan educating us on their wines.
Afer all this “culture”, I got back to the city in time for Matriarch at the Tandanya Centre. This could have been a great show, but enjoyment was marred by very poor sound quality for the first 15 minutes, by which time it was difficult to engage with the piece. A real shame because this was one of the relatively few shows about indigenous culture.