jamie goode's wine blog

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I have a new car. In fact, it's the first time I've ever had a new car, although I'm kind of in two minds about cars generally because of their environmental impact. Still, they're jolly useful and we'd find it hard to get by without one in our family. And they are quite fun, too, although I wouldn't count myself as a petrol head.

After umming and arring a bit, and after plenty of research, I decided to go for the Mazda 6 Estate 2.0 d TS in 'carbon grey' (car colours have the most imaginative names). It's a fantastic vehicle. Solidly built, fun to drive (a little sporty), big enough for the family (but not too big) and nice to look at. Like a boy with a new toy I've been driving for the sake of it. And I reckon that with 167 g/km CO2 emissions and 45-ish mpg fuel consumption, it's not too environmentally unfriendly. I promise only to use it when I really need to. I feel very lucky.


At 7:47 AM, Blogger Richard & Catherine said...

Been looking too - and seen good reviews of this one. We'll use you as our beta tester then... :o)

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Jamie

I wanted to comment on the Vergelegen article. Though before I do, I just want to thank you for giving SA so much play on your blog. With regards to the 'V', the uber-expensive top offering from Vergelegen. Here is the most wealthy wine estate in SA and its easy to assume that the 'V' is their best effort yet. I can see the Anglo bosses saying to Andre - "Make us the best wine in SA, no matter the cost". Well the wine has been a huge success. It was released at R600 last year and now sells for R1000 (80 pounds) locally - if you can find it. Yet, there is still this "greenness" in the wine. Is this our climate, or are the viticulturalists asleep at the wheel? With our high level of isolation do grapes ripen too quickly while simultaneously producing excessive canopies, adding a under-ripeness element? If you can't get complete ripeness at 15.5% alcohol in this sea-influenced site, there must be something fundamentally incorrect? The green-note is especially bad in the varieties with pyrazine compounds; Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc. It's a bit of a worry, SA can't contend with the Harlans, Ridges and Leeuwins until we sort out the viticulture. What are your thoughts after your SA visit?
Thanks for a top blog

At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why has your numberplate been airbrushed out? (presumably on Photoshop).

Is it because your worried about vandalism or road rage attacks now you're a national celebrity?

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Richard - it's fantastic - I'm very happy I went for this rather than other 'family' options, which just wouldn't have been as good, but which were a bit cheaper.

Roland - it's a big subject, but in general I agree with you - I guess I'll write on this in the SA series

Anon, I reckoned that if the plate was airbrushed out, I couldn't be caught by speed cameras


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