Wine Code Breaker #333

2018 d’Arenberg The Thunderstep Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia Australia’s National Shiraz Day has finally been declared.  July 23 is now a date for us to rejoice forever more.  All we need is a patron.  Sir Leslie Colin Patterson I hear has been suggested.  As a former cultural attaché and Chairman of the Australian CheeseContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #333”

Wine Code Breaker #26

2009 Tyrrells Rufus Stone Shiraz, Heathcote, Victoria One from the archives of 2012…While watching the London Olympics in full swing it seemed appropriate that a wine with ties to Great Britain and an Olympic sport be honoured as a “Wine Code Breaker” (originally published as “Wine of the Week”).  On the 2nd August 1100, SirContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #26”

Wine Code Breaker #331

2015 Rockford Basket Press, Barossa Valley, South Australia It would be fair to say that the history of the wine press is as old as wine itself.  The original was no doubt the humble human foot.  The most notable evolution was the development of the basket press during Medieval times (or thereabouts).  Essentially, this wasContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #331”

Wine Code Breaker #330

2019 Paralian Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia 2019 Paralian Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South AustraliaThe oldest democracy by the sea is the land they call Greece.  The Paralians were the Greek people who lived on the Athenian coast in the 6th Century BC and today this is a term to describe someone who lives by theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #330”

Wine Code Breaker #329

2018 Kaesler The Bogan Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia “Upper Middle Bogan” is an Australian comedy that meshes together, through family connections, the Melbourne Upper and Bogan cultures.  An hilarious series that exaggerates the characters that we all can relate and sometimes aspire to.  For those who pretend we can’t, let me remind you thatContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #329”

Wine Code Breaker #327

2017 First Creek Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales The Hunter Valley wine region in New South Wales is Australia’s oldest.  It tends to get lost when compared to the volumes out of the other regions across the country.  What is remarkable, is that the Hunter Valley produces <1% of the nations crush.  The leadingContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #327”

Wine Code Breaker #147

1997 Penfolds RWT Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia One from the archives of 2015…Once the euphoria of your child’s birth passes, there is a dawning realisation that you have absolutely no idea what it is going to take to raise this mini you. Some days you get it right, others can be a complete disaster.Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #147”

Wine Code Breaker #281

2013 Mitchelton Print Series Shiraz, Central Victoria, Victoria From the archives of 2019…How can you produce great wine in an area that is considered to be a warm climate region and experiences less than 600 mm rainfall in an average year?  In many parts of the world this would be considered a desert.  The Nagambie Lakes districtContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #281”

Wine Code Breaker #324

2018 Mr Riggs Piebald Syrah, Adelaide Hills, South Australia Piebald is usually used in reference to a horse that has irregular patches of two colours; mostly black and white.  Of course, this is now not the case and piebald can be used to describe anything or anyone who happens to be composed of or lookingContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #324”

Wine Code Breaker #140

2012 Gemtree Uncut Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia One from the archives of 2015…The split infinitive is a grammatical construction in which a word or phrase divides the to and the bare infinitive of the to form of the infinitive verb. According to the font of all wisdom, Wikipedia, it is the interrupting adverb orContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #140”