Wine Code Breaker #379

2019 Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia International Grenache Day is celebrated on the 17th September each year and it is an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about Grenache. It can be lightly crushed for a rose, blended with Shiraz and Mataro to create a GSM or vinified on itsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #379”

Wine Code Breaker #378

2017 RockBare Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia In the arts, a fine piece is one that is said to have light and shade. Simply put, light and shade can be a metaphor for things that evoke an emotional response. In wine, light and shade can be the colours as they are swirled, the aromas asContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #378”

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 #352

2016 Yagarra Estate Ovitelli Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia Counting crows is a pastime oft spent during the long dry Summer months. They argk and squawk as only they can awaiting a carcass to appear. Counting Crows is also an alternative rock music group from California. In “Mrs Potter’s Lullaby” they poetically proposition, “if dreamsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #352”

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 #337

2019 Tonic Grenache, Clare Valley / McLaren Vale, South Australia Tonic can be defined in its adjectival form as “giving a feeling of vigour and well-being.”    As a noun, tonic is defined as “a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigour or well-being.”  Calling a winery Tonic therefore comes with some seriousContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #337”

Wine Code Breaker #335

2018 S.C. Pannell Old McDonald Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia Grenache at one point was looking like forever being something you threw in with Shiraz and Mataro (or Mouvedre as it perhaps should be called). To this point, I was fascinated to hear that there had been no significant plantings of Grenache for the lastContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #335”

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”