Vivid red / purple in colour with an expansive nose of blackberries, blood plums and chocolatey oak. The palate is opulent and inviting with dark plum and blackcurrant fruit flavours matched by dried herbs, cloves and subtle spicy oak. Fine-grained savoury tannins provide definition to the impressively long finish. This powerful but well balanced wine is very approachable now but will gain character and complexity for up to ten years cellaring. $15 per bottle. $170 for cases of twelve.
Ryder Watervale Riesling 2017, Clare Valley SA
Watervale is a district renowned for producing premium wines for over 50 years and our elevated vineyard is in the heart of this region. The elevated St Clare Vineyard has rich red loam over deep limestone to produce this distinctive Watervale Riesling. Aroma and Palate Lifted floral aromas with a delicate palate of zesty lemon and lime followed by a crisp acid finish. $15.50 per bottle. $170 for cases of twelve.
Love Bug Prosecco, King Valley VIC
Prosecco is a sparkling white wine, indigenous to the Veneto region in Italy’s north east and is made from the Prosecco grape. It’s a delicious alternative and a great summer aperitif. Our Love Bug Prosecco is sourced from Victoria’s King Valley, Australia’s pioneer region of Prosecco. $17 per bottle. $185 for cases of twelve.
Days of Rose 2017, SA
A very pretty, dry rose style from South Australia. Bright fruits of strawberry and raspberries with notes of rose petal and other florals. Clean and fresh style. $16 per bottle. $180 for cases of twelve
Bleeding Heart Sauvignon Blanc 2017, McLaren Vale SA
Bleeding Heart Wine was born from a shared passion in the wines and vineyards of South Australia. The ancient soils and moderate climate create rich and full bodied wines that are incredibly satisfying. Crisp, clean and light on its feet with hints of gooseberry and citrus leaning down the palate to the crisp dry finish. $15 per bottle. $170 for cases of twelve.
On Feb 20 an adventurous bunch of 6th Melbourne Scouts wanting to complete their Explorer (Blue) Cord Hike started walking with all their gear for the next 2 days on their backs. 28 hours later, they completed the Beeripmo Walk, as experienced bushwalkers! Congratulations to scouts Yo, Sophia, Yvonne and Matthew, shown below at various stages of their hike.
6th Melbourne Scouts entered Operation Night Owl as the Raging Rabbits patrol, lead by PL Alex. Lerderderg Region hosts this annual hiking competition, and this year, about 250 Scouts plus their Leaders setup camp at Treetops Scout Camp, on Saturday afternoon, 12th September, in preparation for an evening departure.
It was pleasing to see our patrol of 7 Scouts complete the hike independently and without incident, covering 12 kms and 7 activity bases between 7:45 PM and 2 AM – that’s 6 hours of hiking in dark bushland.
Our 6th Melbourne Scouts demonstrated resilience and team work to a high degree. Congratulations to Yo, Kenneth, Matilda, Dylan, Sophia S., Yvonne, and Alex!
Whilst we didn’t get to keep the Night Owl trophy, which we won last year, it has flown only as far as Footscray and the challenge awaits next year….
Based on the ‘Amazing Race’ TV show, the Fantastic race involves Scouts travelling in Patrols and completing a number of challenges in locations across Melbourne. The Patrols follow clues to navigate between the locations.
Each and every year the locations and challenges in the race change. In fact no two races have ever been the same. All the details are kept a very closely guarded secret right up until the race starts.
This year our small patrol of three from 6th Melbourne hunted clues from Albert Park, St Kilda, Carlton, Brunswick, the CBD and on Saturday night everyone came together at CRC Sydenham for a BBQ and Movie. Sunday morning everyone participated together in a surprise activity which this year was Lunar Park.
These photos were taken at Easter time, when 6th Melbourne Scouts competed in the Lerderderg Region Stradbroke Cup camp, held at Treetops. Our Scouts entered with a Patrol Name ‘Ragin’ Rabbits’. They spent four nights under canvas and were assessed on their ability to independently set up and maintain a high standard of camping over 4 days and nights. As well as the camping there were fun and challenging activities every day, a movie night, a Daryl-Dollar market night, a long-table dinner, and a visit from cousin Ester Bunny. Congratulations go to PL Michael and APL Alex, who ran a tight ship, ably assisted by Sofia, Matilda, Yvonne, Tamsin and Sophia. The Patrol was awarded a Gold pennant, which makes 6th Melbourne a co-holder of the Stradbroke Cup for 2015. And there is some talk about entering the next competition as a girls-only patrol so watch out guys!
Last week our Scouts completed their World Scouting proficiency badge by researching and finding out facts about the history of Scouting history. They also used natural materials to make models of the World Scout Badge which are displayed in the hall.
Kingston Scout Group hosted the Big Blue Hike weekend 20 – 22 March, in the Bunyip State Forest, for Scouts wanting to complete the requirements for their Explorer (Blue) hike, a journey of at least 15 km over two days, carrying their food, clothing and camping equipment. Along the journey, and at the overnight camp, Scouts were trained and tested on Explorer Campcraft skills. The hike completed on Sunday at 12 noon, with a Parade and award presentation ceremony.
6th Melbourne’s Kenneth was our only participant, and I am very pleased to say that Kenneth was successful in completing the hike and in obtaining his Explorer Campcraft Badge. Congratulations Kenneth on an extraordinary effort! A full report will be given at our next Scout meeting. Here is a snapshot of the weekend’s activity…click image to expand thumbnails.