Wine Code Breaker #392

2019 Ravensworth Hilltops Nebbiolo, Canberra District The 15th of March is an auspicious day on our Gregorian calendar as it celebrates International Stab Someone In the Back Day, figuratively speaking. Harking back to less tolerant times, it is of course the Ides of March when Julius Caesar resigned to the smell of betrayal as theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #392”

Wine Code Breaker #391

2020 Passing Clouds Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Victoria Growing grapes in cooler to marginal areas is tricky business.  Let’s face it, agriculture is a tricky business where you can be confronted with frost during bud forming, managing light into the canopy to help with ripening and preventing disease in the canopy itself.  Add into theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #391”

Wine Code Breaker #390

2019 Musk Lane Vineyard Nebula #2 Nebbiolo, Macedon Ranges, Victoria The Carina Nebula is the largest of the nebulae that adorn our night skies and is visible only to residents of the Southern Hemisphere. A complex system with many features, it is amazing we do not hear more of its wonders. The Eta Carinae, HomunculousContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #390”

Wine Code Breaker #389

2008 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, South Australia Cellaring a single bottle of wine has its risks and rewards. Tasting it in its optimum drinking window is the spiritual experience that you are aiming for. Keeping it too long and you will be disappointed. Conversely, drinking it too young and you are regretful. And so,Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #389”

Wine Code Breaker #388

2019 Fallen Giants Shiraz, Grampians, Victoria The Grampians dominates the township of Halls Gap in western Victoria. An imposing ancient sandstone mass with Dreamtime stories calling out the fallen giants that carved out the mountains, escarpments and ravines that the area is known for. And it is this landscape that provides a buffer to theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #388”

Wine Code Breaker #387

2021 Granite Hills Riesling, Macedon Ranges, Victoria Burke and Wills set out on their remarkable, yet tragic, journey from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, facing their first challenge in the winter of 1860 when traversing the Macedon Ranges. This is a range that is dominated by granite outcrops that rise and fall 300 toContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #387”

Wine Code Breaker #386

2018 Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria The colour of a wine is seen as a marker of its quality. It can be enhanced through the winemaking process with a number of options available. Ultimately it will come down to the quality of the grapes. When it comes to Pinot Noir, thereContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #386”

Wine Code Breaker #385

2017 Ghost Rock Vineyard Zoe Brut Rosé, Tasmania Walking into a French patisserie is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It can be a dreamy experience, particularly where there is une tarte aux pommes involved. The lightly crusted pastry, the apple and glazing…need I say more. Imagine if you could turn this into a sparkling drink.Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #385”

Wine Code Breaker #384

2020 Ox Hardy Grenache, South Australia Grenache from McLaren Vale like other areas of Australia has evolved over the years into something that is very different from where it started. Amazing to discover that Grenache accounts for only 6% of the annual crush of this amazing region. From bush or trellised vines, there is somethingContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #384”

Wine Code Breaker #383

2021 Rieslingfreak No. 4 Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia The word freak as a noun refers to a very unusual and unexpected event or situation. As a verb, freak is to behave or cause to behave in a wild and irrational way. Coming across a winery that is called Rieslingfreak does get you wondering. IsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #383”