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 #350

Non-Vintage Sparkling Shiraz, Turkey Flat, Barossa Valley, South Australia A BBQ is an Australian institution.  Snags, salad and steak on a paper plate, all to be eaten with one hand and an implement.  But which implement is best? What do you really need?  A fork, a spoon or a knife? A splayd of course!  CombiningContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #350”

Wine Code Breaker #341

2019 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character from the Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies.  He meanders his way through the movies in a way that affects all.  He is a trickster who appears drunken.  He uses wit and deceit to end disputes and heContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #341”

Wine Code Breaker #340

2019 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia Perforce is a word not oft used.  A shame, as it is an elegant word that just by saying it, you understand its intent in expressing a necessity or even the inevitable.  It might even mean a glass of Kalleske.  Year in year out, the team teamContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #340”

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 #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 #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 #323

2019 Kalleske Plenarius Viognier, Barossa Valley, South Australia The autumn sunsets are amazing.  The sky is clear, leaving orange hues splaying upwards as the golden orb disappears below the horizon.  You cannot help but smile in wonder.  It would therefore seem reasonable to test out an orange style wine.  These are white wines that areContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #323”

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 #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”