Wine Code Breaker #402

2019 SC Pannell Aglianico, McLaren Vale South Australia Nebbiolo and Sangiovese are probably the two most oft Italian wine varieties mentioned in the Australian context. Others though are catching up. Aglianico is one and it is surprising to learn that, in Italy, it is considered the third greatest wine after the aforementioned Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #402”

Wine Code Breaker #401

2021 Coriole Sangiovese, McLaren Vale, South Australia Sangiovese is a grape that has its origins in Tuscany, Italy, but it was not until the 18th century in this region that it would gain widespread attention. Coriole is one of the first Australian vineyards to give this grape a go and has vines dating back toContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #401”

Wine Code Breaker #400

2019 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, South Australia Great Southern Land, a masterpiece by Icehouse was released 40 years ago. It is a song that celebrates the vastness and wonder of this land and tells you a story if you listen hard enough. And so too does the classic Australian blend of Cabernet SauvignonContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #400”

Wine Code Breaker #397

2019 Bird in Hand Montepulciano, Adelaide Hills, South Australia We first meet Zorii Bliss on the frozen planet Kijimi. Of course, her fame as a spice runner is well known. Her passion for Italian varietals, not as much. During her years running spices around the galaxies, she had been known to drop into the AdelaideContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #397”

Wine Code Breaker #396

2018 Mount Monument Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Victoria The most famous mamelon is a breast-shaped hillock in Sevastopol. It was made so during the Crimean War of 1853-1856 (a war that is reported to have been started over an argument about a key) due to its strategic location.  A less famous mamelon was formed eonsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #396”

Wine Code Breaker #394

2018 Protero Capo Gumeracha Nebbiolo, Adelaide Hills, South Australia Adelaide Hills is a remarkable region as it seems to have pockets that mirror some of the world’s great wine growing regions. Altitude and valleys create a landscape of microclimates that play with the coolness across the dry ripening periods. Add a bit of fog duringContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #394”

Wine Code Breaker #393

2018 Frankland Estate Shiraz, Frankland River, Western Australia Frankland River as a wine region is the one closest to a Mediterranean climate in the Antipodes.  An inland area that experiences warm dry days and cooling nights.  The soils are a blanket of gravel ironstone above the mattress of hills and river valleys.  The beds dividedContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #393”

Wine Code Breaker #392

2019 Ravensworth Hilltops Nebbiolo, Canberra District The 15th of March is an auspicious day on our Gregorian calendar as it celebrates International Stab Someone In the Back Day, figuratively speaking. Harking back to less tolerant times, it is of course the Ides of March when Julius Caesar resigned to the smell of betrayal as theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #392”

Wine Code Breaker #391

2020 Passing Clouds Pinot Noir, Macedon Ranges, Victoria Growing grapes in cooler to marginal areas is tricky business.  Let’s face it, agriculture is a tricky business where you can be confronted with frost during bud forming, managing light into the canopy to help with ripening and preventing disease in the canopy itself.  Add into theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #391”

Wine Code Breaker #390

2019 Musk Lane Vineyard Nebula #2 Nebbiolo, Macedon Ranges, Victoria The Carina Nebula is the largest of the nebulae that adorn our night skies and is visible only to residents of the Southern Hemisphere. A complex system with many features, it is amazing we do not hear more of its wonders. The Eta Carinae, HomunculousContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #390”