To the big wine families there, the brandy still tended to be the slops bucket. Real treasures like Angoves Seven Star were a very small part of the whole scene.
But thanks to Gough Whitlam and then Malcolm Fraser, extreme tax and general political madness buggered the brandy biz, so the Trebbiano they'd planted very well was gradually replaced with reds like Shiraz and Cabernet. And then Merlot. And Chardonnay.
"There's very few companies who can make good Chardonnay. Those should specialise. But at the moment every company, in every region and in every state, is trying to bring a Chardonnay out ... in a couple of years Chardonnay is just a joke ... "