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Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink


Apologies to Sam Coleridge for appropriating those words (above) from his poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; I do understand he was talking about sea water not river water, but to be honest, I wouldn’t be drinking the flood water from around Forbes NSW or anywhere else along the Murray at the moment, for that matter.


The flooding in Forbes, NSW has caused chaos for transport to the east and west and all points in between. The rail line at Forbes has been washed out and so all freight going west must go by road, and there is intense demand for trucks. I believe that on top of this there is a fair amount of freight backed up, too.


Australia Post will be applying a WA Emergency Service that will incur an additional emergency measure cost of 40% (ex GST) of the freight charges currently set out, as of Monday 28th November. I hope for AP’s sake they won’t be repenting for all eternity their decision to put the prices up.

This means our (very well-priced) cost of shipping a dozen wines to WA which is currently $15.00/ dozen has to go up to $21.00. We can’t absorb the cost, sadly. If that sounds like too much to pay, even to get our wines over your way, Sand Gropers may source some of the good stuff from the list below which details outlets in Western Australia which stock our Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines.


Asquith Cellars
Baldivis IGA Cellarbrations
Beldon Tavern
Bicton Cellars
Big Brews
Bottle-O Rockingham (IGA Xpress)
Boyanup Cellars
Brentwood Cellars
Butler Specialty Cellars (Thirsty Camel)
Byford Tavern
Castletown Liquor
Cellarbrations at Kalgoorlie
Cellarbrations at Meadow Springs
Cellarbrations at Shelley Hub
Cellarbrations Carlisle
Cellarbrations Helena Valley
Cellarbrations Mullaloo (IGA Plus Liquor)
Cellarbrations Myaree
Cellarbrations Queens
Cellarbrations Superstore Hamilton Hill
Cellarbrations Vic Park
Claremont Cellars
Claremont Specialty Liquor (Porters)
Cobblers Tavern COB
Cobblers Tavern COB
Commune Wine Store
Copper and Oak Liquor Merchants (Tuart Hill)
Devine Cellars
Dongara IGA
Glen Forrest Liquor Store
Gooseberry Hill Cellars
Grand Cru Wineshop & Cellar Ardross
Greenfields Liquor Store
Hamilton Tavern (Liquor Barons)
Heathridge Liquor Store (Bottlemart)
Innaloo Speciality Liquor (Cellarbrations Morris)
Kardinya Tavern
La Vigna
Liquor Barons Applecross (Canning Bridge IGA)
Liquor Barons at Sunset
Liquor Barons Ballajura City
Liquor Barons Bayswater
Liquor Barons Bullcreek
Liquor Barons Carlisle
Liquor Barons Claremont
Liquor Barons Duncraig
Liquor Barons East Fremantle
Liquor Barons Kenwick
Liquor Barons Lesmurdie
Liquor Barons Marmion
Liquor Barons Melville
Liquor Barons Morley (The Beer Store)
Liquor Barons Mosman Park (Fine Wine & Spirits)
Liquor Barons Mt Hawthorn
Liquor Barons Narrogin
Liquor Barons Nedlands
Liquor Barons On Angelo
Liquor Barons Seascapes
Liquor Barons Wembley Downs
Liquor Barons Willetton
Liquor Traders Australia Pty Ltd
Malibu IGA Plus
Margaret River Regional Wine Centre
Margaret River Regional Wine Centre
Moonyoonooka Store
Mount Henry Tavern
Mullaloo Beach Hotel
Mundaring Liquor Store (Cellarbrations)
Mundijong IGA (Cellarbrations)
Nannup Liquor Store
Port Kennedy Tavern
Port Quays Liquor and Deli
Premix King Balcatta
Rosemount Hotel
Rossmoyne Cellars (Bottle O)
Scarborough Cellars
Serpentine Liquor Store
South Street Liquor (Liquor Barons Beaconsfield)
The Freo Doctor Liquor Store
The Kewdale Tavern
The Liquor Shed
The Re Store
The River Hotel
The Wine Box Nedlands
Willagee Liquor Store
Windsor Hotel


This may not match Forbes and surrounding NSW, but here was our flood on Saturday 12th November. This kept Celia and Joch housebound for an hour or two.

We had 60 mm of rain overnight at Willunga, plus a mini-tornado (apparently) and Joch and Celia the eldest were marooned for about an hour, long enough for Celia to be late for work at Russell’s Pizza (well worth visiting if you are in Willunga and hungry on a Friday or Saturday night).

The flood inundated the harvest shed where we store the wine for cellar door and mail orders. Luckily Celia Bosworth finished her year 12 exams in time to start her intern job at Bosworth wines to be able to clean the shed the very next week :). No wines were damaged in the shed inundation FYI, thankfully. In all seriousness, we are incredibly lucky to have got off relatvely unscathed.


From the sublime to the ridiculous, weather-wise, or at least the other way around. See in the photo above some most excellent Clemens under-vine weeding on the Kangaroo Island vines at Springs Road. The weather there looks as though butter wouldn’t melt in its mouth, does it? The fact that we couldn’t use the drive way up off the Playford Highway pretty much all winter doesn’t appear possible looking at that sparkling blue sky, does it? Nice weeding, Jocho.