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Robert Stein Mudgee Half Dry Ries­ling (RS15) 2018, $35. RS is resid­ual sugar, to go with your resid­ual anger over air­line in­tran­si­gence, and if 15 sounds a lot, it isn’t. This is in­cred­i­bly more-ish and still de­li­cious straight. 9.2/10. Robert Stein Mudgee Dry Ries­ling 2018, $30. Geez, sugar is ex­pen­sive in Mudgee if this is $5 cheaper! I don’t have a sweet tooth at all but maybe that five bucks is worth it ... lovely but not quite as al­lur­ing. 9/10. Flow­stone Mar­garet River Chardon­nay, 2015, $55. A few wines arouse ex­cite­ment when they ar­rive and this is one. I get ex­cited about them all, but Flow­stone al­ways re­wards that op­ti­mism. 9.3/10. Flow­stone Mar­garet River Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon 2014, $74. Flow­ing stone makes about as much noise as an elec­tric car, and both should be en­cour­aged. Typ­i­cally stylish WA cab, with a touch of added spice. 9.2/10.

Nor­folk Rise Vine­yard Mount Ben­son Pinot Gri­gio 2018, $19. This is bright and cheery be­side the dull, bit­ter­ness of aver­age gris. An op­ti­mistic pinot ver­sus the pes­simist. 8.8/10. Nor­folk Rise Vine­yard Mount Ben­son Shi­raz 2017, $19. We used to wreak havoc with our Ben­son burn­ers in chem lessons. Haha, well, that's close enough and this has that slightly burnt oak air about it. 8.9/10.

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