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”

Wine Code Breaker #215

2015 Dexter Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria One from the archives of 2017…When I heard Dexter mentioned, I immediately thought of the mini-series of the same name. A character who is an expert in the reading of crimson hieroglyphs and perversely hungry for justice. You constantly wonder if he is a hero or monster? IsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #215”

Wine Code Breaker #382

2020 Ghost Rock Wines Oulton Pinot Noir, Tasmania The location; a series of paddocks woven into a tapestry of rolling hills abutting the Bass Strait. A small single vineyard paddock within this quilt hugging a hill is planted to Pinot Noir. The weave of the vines endure, survive and thrive as the seasons pass. TheContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #382”

Wine Code Breaker #381

2019 Nocturne Cabernets, Margaret River, Western Australia A nocturne has two meanings in relation to the arts.  On one hand, it can refer to a short musical composition that is romantic in nature and evocative of the night, typically for the piano.  The other references a picture of a night scene, romantic or otherwise.  ThereContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #381”

Wine Code Breaker #380

2020 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia Greenock I recently discovered is a small village on the mouth of the Clyde River in Scotland. So small in fact that there is one road in and out. The road out of course sees very little use with most of the residents having never felt anContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #380”