Wine Code Breaker #321

2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah, Yarra Valley, Victoria “Jack and the Bean Stalk“ is a classic English fairy tale that contains a tetrametric poem that we all re-call with ease.  Of course, it is the monosyllabic incantation from the giant: Fee-fi-fo-fum,I smell the blood of an Englishman,Be he alive or be he deadI’ll grindContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #321”

Wine Code Breaker #271

2012 Cirillo 1850 Ancestor Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia One from the archives of 2018…In looking back through the tasting year of 2018 there has been an apparent bias towards Grenache.  So let’s just call it as it is, the year of Grenache.  The more of these wines you get to see the more you marvelContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #271”

Wine Code Breaker #320

2019 Duke’s Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling, Porongurup, Western Australia A sonic boom is heard when an object travels faster than the speed of sound.  It can be similar to a thunderclap to the observer who is generally stationery.  Less appreciated is the fact that a sonic boom is a continuous sound and this has beenContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #320”

Wine Code Breaker #88

2012 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Western Australia One from the archives of 2014…Diatomaceous earth is an amazing naturally occurring substance. As an absorbent for moisture, it also has the remarkable ability of sucking into its matrix the foulest of odours, one of which is cats pee. This offending smell can beContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #88”

Wine Code Breaker #319

2017 Patronus The Antler Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia For some, the Harry Potter craze passed them by and this may have been due to their age or the age of their children.  I, on the other hand, have lived the Harry Potter journey through the books and then the movies.  Perhaps we were meanContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #319”

Wine Code Breaker #142

2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia One from the archives of 2015…Homer Simpson introduced viewers to the world of topology in an episode called “the Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”. This line of mathematics considers a square and a circle to be identical or homeomorphic because a square can be transformedContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #142”

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”