Wine Code Breaker #370

2017 Garden of Earthly Delights (by Syrahmi) Nebbiolo, Heathcote, Victoria The “Nebb Off” highlights are completed with a comparison of the fruits. As with all grapes, the flavours will be a function of place and season. The warmer the climate, the fuller and rounder the fruits will be. The cooler will be finer, perhaps moreContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #370”

Wine Code Breaker #369

2018 Prōterō Gumeracha (by SC Pannell) Nebbiolo, Adelaide Hills, South Australia The “Nebb Off” highlights continue where a comparison of tannins can be made. Nebbiolo tannins are inherently obvious and if mishandled, will dominate to deliver a chunky and chewy wine that will just not soften. Handled deftly, the tannins will balance the fruit andContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #369”

Wine Code Breaker #368

2017 Mac Forbes EB40 Flaming Nebbiolo, Yarra Valley, Victoria Ever heard of a “Nebb Off?” No? Let me explain. With the increased interest in Australian Nebbiolo, a “Nebb Off” is a flight of wines at a tasting that are, of course, Nebbiolo. A recent “Nebb Off” allowed for a comparison of Nebbiolo across three differentContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #368”

Wine Code Breaker #367

2020 Spinifex Garçon Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia  Spinifex is a grass that is critical in holding back coastal foredunes from erosion in a harsh environment.  It appears delicate, yet can withstand much of what mother nature can throw at it.  It covers the surface of the dune and can be severely impacted by oneContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #367”

Wine Code Breaker #366

2017 La Petite Mort Marsanne, Granite Belt, Queensland  La Petite Mort is the celebrated album by James, a British rock band.  Incidentally, my favourite song from this group is Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) but that is another story.  This album is influenced by the recent deaths of a family member and friendContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #366”

Wine Code Breaker #365

2009 Castagna Sparkling Genesis Shiraz, Beechworth, Victoria Din Djarin is better known as the Mandalorian or Mando for short. A western styled hero who wears beskar armour never shows his face to anyone. He travels through a galaxy far far away in his space craft with occasional drop ins to his favourite wine region forContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #365”

Wine Code Breaker #364

2019 Shadowfax Mondeuse Noir, Port Phillip, Victoria  Mt Blanc in France is the highest mountain in the Alps of Europe.  In its shadows is the Savoie wine region of France.  This is the home to the Mondeuse Noir (or Noire) grape that the Gaul’s claimed “ripens amongst the snow.”  Then there is Werribee, located withinContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #364”

Wine Code Breaker #363

2020 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria  Hello Possums! Dame Edna Everage is our beloved megastar who is like no other. Hailing from Moonee Ponds, our Dame’s life experiences are something to marvel at. Her love of gladioli and outfits, whilst teetering on the fine line of outlandish and stylish, pale inContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #363”

Wine Code Breaker #362

2016 Printhie Super Duper Chardonnay, Orange, New South Wales  The Orange wine region is located about 300km due West of Sydney.  It is an elevated landscape that belies its altitude.  Dominated by Mount Canobolis as there is nothing higher to the West.  A cool climate region that is relatively new, yet producing some stunning winesContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #362”

Wine Code Breaker #361

2019 Fighting Gully Road Sangiovese, Beechworth, Victoria  The making of wine is a process that clashes the technical with creativity and music can help meld the two together to deliver something delicious.  I have recently wondered if you had a winery located in a former lunatic asylum, would you play Pink Floyd’s Dark Side ofContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #361”