Wednesday, February 25

Heartfelt and entertaining: Our Gay Wedding: The Musical.FREE TO AIR
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Forever, Nine, 8.45pm

Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd plays Henry Morgan, a 200-year-old man   employed as a forensic scientist at the New York City morgue. It’s a creative   twist on the murder mystery genre, which underscores each whodunit with weighty and hypothetical themes of life and death.    Henry is weary of being young and beautiful and searches each fresh case for clues for the cause of his ‘‘condition’’.  Tonight’s stiff is the apparent victim of commercial quacks, who spruik treatment that reverses the ageing process, at least cosmetically.

Rectify – season final, SBS One, 9.30pm

Thank goodness the Sundance Channel has commissioned a third season of this exceptionally good drama, because there is so much left unanswered in this finale to the second. Aden Young’s central character, former death row inmate  Daniel Holden, becomes more complicated and secretive as each new piece of his puzzle is teasingly revealed. His flashbacks to conversations with his cell neighbour are nothing short of art, plumbing the depths of humanity like a Sam Shepard play. The dreamy, melancholic setting of Paulie, Georgia, looms as a player in its own right, all eerie wooded glades and evocative plains. All manner of disturbing information comes to the fore as Daniel is forced to gamble with his freedom  and,  potentially, his life.

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, ABC2. 9.30pm

If ever there was a compelling argument for legalising same-sex marriage, this is it. If only every wedding were as passionate, heartfelt and thoroughly entertaining as that of composer Benjamin Till and actor Nathan Taylor, who got married in Britain on March 29, 2014, the first day that same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales. With an emotional introduction by narrator Stephen Fry, this is a hilarious and brilliantly penned musical about 21st-century love rights, with some showstopping numbers sung by the full cast of guests, and some wonderful solos sung by the grooms-to-be and their   friends and family.     Video messages from gay icons including Boy George, Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John, and some non-singing background material break up the   extravaganza, which ranges from moving to funny without overindulging in campery. Our Gay Wedding is a glorious celebration of love and persistence, which makes  its unarguable point in a way that is truly spectacular. Bridget McManus

MOVIES

The Matrix: Reloaded (2003), GO!, 8.30pm

1999’s The Matrix was revealed as a self-contained delight – a synthesis of superhero mythology, dystopian technology and elegantly refined computer effects – as soon as the first of two flawed sequels appeared. Acclaim, complete with academic stroking, robbed creators Andy and Lana Wachowski of their genre focus, with the clean rules that governed their fictional digital environment being rewritten so a new storyline could be generated. If you had to pick a moment the series turned sour it would be the tribal rave sequence, where the remnants of humanity hiding underground from their machine oppressors in the city of Zion, greet the news of an imminent fight to the death by throwing a huge party. There are still moments of pleasure surrounding Keanu Reeves’ Neo, including a masterfully choreographed battle amid vehicles on a freeway, but what the filmmakers were able to imply via deed and allusion in the first movie is here reduced to explicit philosophising, with the notions of free will and fate pounded into you.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Masterpiece Movies (pay TV), 8.30pm

As a pair of diffidently cool vampires – married since 1868, but now separated – Tilda Swinton’s Eve and Tom Hiddleston’s Adam are the ultimate hipsters in Jim Jarmusch’s viscous-like take on the blood-sucking undead. The two, he morose in Detroit, she comfortable in Tangiers, are cultural custodians, possessors of not just first edition books and rare guitars but memories of revered figures. They consider humans “zombies”, and don’t lower themselves to hunting them, instead procuring blood from suppliers, including Jeffrey Wright’s uneasy medical researcher. Jarmusch’s camera matches the long, hypnotic guitar drones Adam records but refuses to release, engaging in tracking shots through the nocturnal cities, and it’s only with the unexpected– and hungry – arrival of Eve’s younger sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), that energy overtakes the serene torpor.Craig Mathieson

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Central Otago wine region, New Zealand: One of the world’s greatest

Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand. Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand.
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The sun rises over Gibbston.

Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand.

Winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines, has seen the growth of Central Otago’s wine region firsthand.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago.

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“It’s pretty unusual to see a bus at a cellar door in this part of the world,” says winemaker Grant Taylor, of Valli Wines (valliwine南京夜网). Based in Gibbston, Central Otago, a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, Taylor is considered one of the finest exponents of New Zealand pinot noir. “When I was born there wasn’t a grape planted on the southern island,” he says. Today, the area is one of the most respected wine regions in the new world.

Taylor cut his teeth in the Napa Valley, returning home in 1993, he planted 20 hectares of grapes. In the years since, he was won the “Best pinot noir” trophy at London’s International Wine Competition three times, a feat never previously achieved by another winemaker.

More recently, he has pioneered grape growing in North Otago, in an emerging subregion by the ocean, Waitaki. “It is much cooler over there, so it produces more perfumed wines, with lovely minerality and low alcohol,” Taylor says. “It is an area where winemakers went in too hard and too fast years ago, they mostly failed, and then disappeared,” he says. “Now it is being regenerated by already established winemakers, and we are growing pinot noir grapes there.”

In addition to his Waitaki pinot noir, Taylor produces a riesling, a pinot gris, and two other pinot noirs, from subregions within Central Otago – Gibbston and Bannockburn. “The pinot grapes from Bannockburn, where it is slightly warmer, are bigger on the palate,” Taylor says. “They have more tannin and are suited to steak and game meats,” he says. “The pinot grown here in Gibbston will cellar for 12 years, it’s spicy with some acid,” he says. “It’s the pinot that sommeliers buy from me.”

Sommeliers also buy wine from Duncan Forsyth. The winemaker’s unassuming cellar door, just down the road from Taylor’s, is a place of pilgrimage for aficionados. “We don’t have signage on the road, we want to be a point of discovery,” Forsyth says. “When people visit, we want to be able to sit down with them, to talk about what we do one-on-one, we don’t take bus groups,” he says.

Forsyth has been making wine in these parts since 1996. First, at Chard Farm – the first vineyard established in the area, then at Peregrine. He bought Mount Edward (mountedward.co.nz) in 2004 and has been making wine here since.

His wines are highly awarded, lauded for their restraint, and elegance. “Sunshine is everything,” Forsyth says. “Central Otago is a series of villages, each with a completely different microclimate – temperature and rainfall,” he says. “Combine that with wildly varying typography – forests, tussock covered hills, and soil that ranges from rocks and platelets of schist; to river rocks just 100 metres down the hill, and you have many subregions within Central Otago itself.”

These subregions each produce different styles of wine renowned for their individuality and particularly, their diverse minerality and aromatics. “A part of the appeal of living, and growing wine here is taking the rough with the smooth. There are no smoke and mirrors in these parts; you live with the forces of nature.”

Forsyth has been making his wines in a natural, organic way for the past seven years. “We intervene as little as possible with the natural process. If we do intervene, we have to have a very good reason.” The philosophy extends to the vineyard. Pigs, their new piglets, and cattle roam among the vines. “It doesn’t look like a golf course, there are flowers, sheep, chickens, pigs and cows, who are the best manure producers,” he says. “It’s a little bit like an episode of The Good Life making wine down here.”

Last year Forsyth produced just 88 cases of his Drumlin Vineyard riesling, 200 cases of his Mount Edward rosé and 4000 cases of pinot noir, he makes four different pinots using grapes grown across three different subregions. “We try to combine all the very best elements of a Central Otago pinot,” he says. “The aim is to make silky, pretty pinot noirs, with less richness than a traditional pinot from these parts.” Delicacy is the key, he says. “It is difficult to identify which vineyard a wine is from if it is too big, and too rich.”

Lighter style white wines from the region are also in fashion. “People love pinot gris,” Forsyth says. “It is an easy wine to understand; and a good entry-level wine for someone just becoming interested.” Taylor agrees. “Pinot gris has taken over from sauvignon blanc,” he says. “It is the wine people are asking for.”

“Pinot gris is our best-selling white,” says Roz Knox, of Peregrine Wines (peregrinewines.co.nz). Chardonnay is also attracting attention. “Seven or eight years ago we took out chardonnay grapes because chardonnay was out of favour,” she says. “We’ve recently replanted them.”

Peregrine Wines, was founded by winemaker Greg Hay, a local who started his career down the road at Chard Farm. Peregrine is the second-largest producer of pinot noir in Central Otago, making some 30,000 cases per year, and is a 100 per cent organic vineyard, Knox says. “We think it’s easier to be organic here than it is in most regions, we have very dry weather and low humidity, which makes us less susceptible to bugs.”

Knox leads the Peregrine Vine to Table experience. The two-hour tour; begins among the vines. “We take guests right through the winemaking process from seeing the grapes on the vine, and explaining how we grow them to when, and how, we’ll harvest them,” she says. From there, visitors are walked through the process of the fruit being turned into juice, placed in vats, and aged in barrels. The tour ends with a tasting of a number of varietals. Limited to eight visitors at a time, many guests elect to undertake the tour exclusively. “We like small groups,” Knox says. “We are a bus-free zone.” Go Otago

Central Otago

Queenstown is the gateway to New Zealand’s Central Otago wine region, and its many subregions. queenstownnz.co.nz

At a latitude of 45 degrees south, Central Otago is the southernmost wine-growing region in the world. Two hundred vineyards lie within a 90-minute drive from Queenstown, 80 with cellar doors. Daily direct flights depart from the east coast of Australia, just three hours away.

Central Otago comes to Sydney

If you can’t get to Queenstown this autumn, experience a taste of Queenstown at Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney (thebentley南京夜网.au) in March, when wineries including Mount Edward, Peregrine, Valli, Amisfield, Gibbston Valley and Two Paddocks, will showcase their exceptional wines.

On Tuesday,  March 24, Bentley Restaurant and Bar will host an Urban Vineyard menu with matching Central Otago wines. Five-course menu with matching wines $175per person. Further information and bookings: [email protected]南京夜网.au

The article brought to you in association with Destination Queenstown.

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Mini Roos session on this week

GOAL KEEPER: Croatia’s Abby White getting her kick away after making a save during a Sunday morning junior soccer game
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Children aged eight and younger are invited to participate in AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick-Off fun session this week.

Hosted by the Whyalla Soccer Association, the clinics are designed to encourage both boys and girls aged between four and nine to get involved in soccer and have fun.

The free sessions will be held on Thursday, February 26.

Football Federation of South Australia (FFSA) is encouraging participation for those who might not have had the opportunity to take part in Football before.

The nation wide initiative uses short, game based sessions to introduce the sport to newcomers, It focuses on learning new skills, being active, making life-long friends and, potentially unearthing the next generation of Socceroos or Matildas.

Children who attend the sessions will have the chance to coached to be by Adelaide United Lady Red’s Tiarn Powell.

Powell began her soccer career at just four-years-old when she began playing at her local club.

She made her first representative side when she was 11 for Manly United, before being approached in 2013 to trial for the Adelaide United Lady Reds – and has been there ever since.

“I am really interested in promoting the women’s game and getting as many girls involved in football as possible, so I can share my love of the game with young girls so they can get as much joy out of it as I have,” she said.

The sessions will be held at Samaritan College oval (Saint John’s campus) on Thursday, February 26 at 5.15pm until 6pm.

For any queries contact Phil MacDiarmid on 0416 973 120

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L&D’s low scoring win

EFFORT: Phantoms player Steven Weckert managed just the one run against L&D Cricket Club on Saturday.
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A COMBINEDtotal of 129 runs were scored for 17 wickets in a low scoring affair between Phantoms and L&D Cricket Club in the Leeton District Cricket Association A Grade competition.

The tight tussle took place at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday, with the Phantoms winning the toss and electing to bat first.

At first, the decision lookedto be a good one as Phantoms captainSimon Wallace (6) and Matt Dedini(5) took the shine off the new ball and looked to set themselves for a long stay in the middle.

Both openers were then removed, closely followed by Steven Weckert (1)and Tim Rolls (0) as Phantoms were reduced to 4-15.

Mitchell Hardie (3-8) and Adrian Axtill(2-10)seemed to move the ball at will, as they took two early wickets apiece.

Richard Keith (18 not out)did his best to give the Phantoms something to bowl at but ran out of batting partners.

Justin Kelly (2-13) and AnthonyTocin (2-9)were handy with the ball taking two wickets each for L&D.

The Phantoms were never able to recover from their early setbacks, all out at the end of their innings for 64.

L&D CC’s Mitch Hardie.

With such a small total on the board, the Phantoms would have to produce something special if they were to have any chance.

Adam Hopkins headed onto the field with a fire in the belly, taking two wickets from the first two balls of the innings, justmissing out on a hat trick.

Axtill (7) was then caught short of his crease following an outstanding pick up and throw from Toby Daniels, removing the opener with a direct hit.

Hopkins continued his good day with the ball to complete a five wicket haul which included five of the top six batsmen.

The regular fall of wickets kept some hope alive for the Phantoms to stage an upset victory.

At 7-45 the boil over looked every chance of happening before Anthony Tocin (10 not out) joined Peter Lashbrook (30 not out) out in the middle.

The pair put on 20 together to guide L&D Cricket Club to a hard fought victory, reaching the total in just under 23 overs.

The win sees L&D Cricket Club retain third spot on the A Grade ladder and stretch their leader over fourth placed Phantoms to 17 points.

The Phantoms remain a chance to drop out of the top four. The final round of the regular season begins next week and they will needto return to the winners circle next round to guarantee a spot in the finals.

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Seven times over legal limit

A WOMAN was arrested and charged with drink driving after recording a breath analysis seven times over the legal limit.
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About 8.30pm on Sunday, police received information that a 2004 white Holden Commodore was being driven in Mahogany Way, Wauchope allegedly in an erratic manner mounting kerbs and front lawns of homes.

Police allegedly located the vehicle parked halfway on the kerb and roadway in Mahogany Way, with a trail of pasta from the vehicle into the yard of a home.

At the house police spoke to the 41-year-old female registered owner who appeared to be well affected by intoxicating liquor.

She was breath tested near her vehicle which returned a positive result and she was placed under arrest for the purposes of a breath analysis.

She was conveyed to the Wauchope Police Station where she returned a reading in the high range, seventimes over the legal limit. Her licence was suspended and she was issued with a court attendance notice to attend Wauchope Local Court on March 12.

Police said the womanstated she had been drinking cask wine from a kid’s tumbler since 12pm.

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