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 #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 #339

2018 Yangarra King’s Wood Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia One of the tales of the Game of Thrones that is yet to be told is that of the bastard of Robert Baratheon who was conceived in the King’s Wood.  Ironically of course, our Robert was killed by a boar whilst hunting for white hart inContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #339”

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 #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 #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 #322

2017 Gemtree Uncut Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia Obi-Wan Kenobi known, as old Ben, watched over the young Luke Skywalker and then guided him in the use of the Force. As old Ben explained to the young Luke, “the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all livingContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #322”

Wine Code Breaker #80

2012 Maximus Gluteus by Maximus Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia One from the archives of 2013…Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back, front, neck and sides some 23 times on the 15th March 44 BC. This event has made the Ides of March infamous. A foul act of deception it was, justified on the groundsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #80”