Wine Code Breaker #318

2016 One Block Moonlit Forest Dark Star Syrah, Yarra Valley Walking through a moonlit forest can be quite a spiritual experience.  The light is dabbled through the leaves onto the forest floor.  As you walk, shadows move slowly beside you like a friend.  Cool climate Shiraz or Syrah can be the same.  Its flavours areContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #318”

Wine Code Breaker #57

2010 Paradigm Hill L’Ami Sage Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsular, Victoria One from the archives of 2013…There have been very few winemakers I have met who are not passionate about what they do. It appears to be one of those treasured industries where your sole aim is to give it your best, every single day. TheyContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #57”

Wine Code Breaker #317

2019 Meadowbank Gamay, Tasmania Gamay has an infamous record akin to the early colonisation of Australia.  One of the oldest varieties in France, Gamay became an outlaw in 1395 following a decree of the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Bold.  Philip boldly claimed Gamay was an outlaw, a wine that was foul and harmful toContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #317”

Wine Code Breaker #45

2011 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia One from the archives of 2012…Being deep into an Australian summer of Test cricket you have some time to reflect upon the traditions that have evolved over the years and remain respected by players and lovers of the game to this day. Test cricket is deep onContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #45”

Wine Code Breaker #316

2018 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia The cold opening is a technique of jumping directly into a story at the beginning of a show before the opening credits. Comedians are considered the best, but to me, David Caruso is the greatest at delivering a cold opening. He plays the fictional character ofContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #316”

Wine Code Breaker #80

2012 Maximus Gluteus by Maximus Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia One from the archives of 2013…Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back, front, neck and sides some 23 times on the 15th March 44 BC. This event has made the Ides of March infamous. A foul act of deception it was, justified on the groundsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #80”

Wine Code Breaker #315

2019 Hughes & Hughes (by Mewstone) Dornfelder, Tasmania “I’ll have a Dornfelder thanks.”  What the?  Is that a beer? Is that a crisp? Or, is it some cocktail of some disrepute? Well, it is definitely not a character from the Game of Thrones. It is in fact a grape that was introduced to Germany aroundContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #315”

Wine Code Breaker #309

2018 Giant Steps Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria From the archives of 2019 … A favourite comic book of mine growing up was the tales of Asterix and Obelix.  My absolute favourite though was Asterix & Cleopatra.  In this story, my Gaulish heroes were recruited to support Edifis in the construction of a magnificent palace forContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #309”

Wine Code Breaker #314

2016 TarraWarra Nebbiolo, Yarra Valley, Victoria The Yarra Valley is one of the better areas in Australia for Pinot Noir.  It stands to reason that it perhaps should also be one of the better regions to grow Nebbiolo.  Both are seen as fickle and thin skinned; and this is not just physically, but perhaps moreContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #314”

Wine Code Breaker #313

2016 Balancing Rock Wines The Rock Shiraz, Granite Belt, Queensland The Granite Belt is renowned for its granitic structures that have evolved over many an eon.  One of note is a structure known as the Balancing Rock located atop The Pyramid in Girraween National Park.  It is an amazing feature that presents you with aContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #313”