All these bushfire images were taken after the 2013 blaze at Currency Creek, in the Murray River estuary on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula ... photo Philip White
There are calls to boycott the products of those international champions of the Critter Label, Casella Wines. They make Yellowtail Wines at Griffith. Since news broke of them being the major sponsors of the Sporting Shooters Association (SSA), the drivers of parks hunting, things have gone all fizzy.
Sydney Morning Herald state politics editor, Kirsty Needham, unstitched a yarn no wine writer had dared touch when she reported that "the Casella brothers are all keen shooters," and Marcello Casella had converted part of the old McWilliams winery at Yenda to a factory for the Terminator ammo brand. Needham wrote further about the soaring popularity of shooting in the Griffith region, with its burgeoning gun clubs and ammunition manufactories, and its handy proximity to the Cocoparra National Park and the Binya State Forest.
"They don't have respect for anyone's property or live stock," Allen said. "They threaten the farmers."
As occurred all over south-east Australia, that week-long heatwave was severe and long enough to stop the vines taking in water - they shut down, get sulky and go dormant around 32-35⁰C - so while the pea and lentil-sized berries simply toughened, tightened and shrank, the fatter, sweeter berries go to raisins through evaporation in the heat, giving discomfiting sweet-and-sour flavours when the whole caboodle goes through the crusher.
Regardless of the poisonous residuals left in the ground from cindered Perma-pine posts and plastic, those vines seem largely to have revived.
Because I have mates who grow grapes all through that region, I sat up all night listening to the CFS reports and watching their website. In such a conflagration, one doesn't ring people to ask whether they're burning down as it happens.
They could even run competitions there, where the winners get a free ride to shoot critters in the National Park at Griffith, using trusty local ammo.