Wine Code Breaker #346

2017 Paradigm Hill les Cinq Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria  “Il fait la queue du paon.”  What the?  If you use your favourite translator it comes out as something like “he faith the peacock tail”.  Again, what the?  Apply this to wine and Pinot Noir in particular, swirl the glass, sniff, take a sip andContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #346”

Wine Code Breaker #345

2019 Coldstream Hills Deer Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley November 29 is World Ballet Day and at first glance you might think there is not much in common between this artistic pursuit and wine.  Take the Arabian scene from The Nutcracker.  Dancers with excellent training are the fruit.  The music and lighting is theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #345”

Wine Code Breaker #343

2018 Duke’s Magpie Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Porongurup, Western Australia Frost is a killer of crops and farming ingenuity can help manage this exposure.  The best though, is a site that has a natural buffer, and the sub-region of Porongurup in the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia is one.  Firstly, the Great SouthernContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #343”

Wine Code Breaker #342

2017 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1969.  A simple story, of 22 pages, tells a tale of a caterpillar that is hungry, very hungry.  Working his way through an apple on Monday, two pears on Tuesday, three plums on Wednesday, fourContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #342”

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 #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 #338

2018 Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier, Murrumbateman, New South Wales Cote-Rotie is a sub-region in the northern area of Cote du Rhone.  This region thrives on a continental climate that is famous for its blend of Shiraz, a red grape, and Viognier, a white grape.  A cool climate region that experiences cool to cold wet winters, theContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #338”

Wine Code Breaker #336

2018 Bangor Vineyard Shed Captain Spotswood Pinot Noir, Tasmania Captain Spotswood was granted land in 1831 as a retired army office and thus became the area’s first settler. This land became known as Bangor in Tasmania. His house was regarded as a respectable building, sited perfectly for the views of Norfolk Bay. During his toiling,Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #336”

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”