Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRONSHAW

WHILE we shiver and cough our way through Jan­uary with our eyes on a dis­tant spring, Aus­tralians have been bask­ing in sun­shine while cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralia Day.

On Jan­uary 26, Aussies marked the an­niver­sary of the day when the first fleet of ships landed in Syd­ney Har­bour in 1788.

That ragged col­lec­tion of ‘con­victs’, some im­pris­oned for steal­ing food be­cause they were starv­ing, laid the hu­man plat­form for a na­tion.

Per­haps some of their di­rect de­scen­dants are the in­spir­ing wine-mak­ers of to­day.

Aus­tralian wine is, in many ways, still in a for­ma­tive phase. In the 1980s and 90s it be­came a vic­tim of its own suc­cess when pro­duc­tion be­came too large, de­liv­er­ing stan­dard­ised bot­tles in

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