Wine Code Breaker #380

2020 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia Greenock I recently discovered is a small village on the mouth of the Clyde River in Scotland. So small in fact that there is one road in and out. The road out of course sees very little use with most of the residents having never felt anContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #380”

Wine Code Breaker #377

2019 Tobin Estate Max Shiraz Block Two, Granite Belt, Queensland If you come by someone who has a property in the Granite Belt area and innocently ask them what they grow, their response might be “granite”.  It is an area where the parent material pokes out through the soil as mounds that can be anywhereContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #377”

Wine Code Breaker #374

2018 Shaw + Smith Shiraz, Adelaide Hills, South Australia National Shiraz Day is marked down as the 22nd of July and I hope you celebrated this day in style. This day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how Australian Shiraz has evolved in becoming the sheep’s back of the wine industry. It providedContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #374”

Wine Code Breaker #371

2019 Thomas Wines The Dam Block Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales The etymology of the word “yum” has been the subject of debate. One theory suggests it is derived from the Sanskrit “yum,” which is said during meditation to focus on love and pleasurable things. Another suggests it is derived from the African “nyam,”Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #371”

Wine Code Breaker #365

2009 Castagna Sparkling Genesis Shiraz, Beechworth, Victoria Din Djarin is better known as the Mandalorian or Mando for short. A western styled hero who wears beskar armour never shows his face to anyone. He travels through a galaxy far far away in his space craft with occasional drop ins to his favourite wine region forContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #365”

Wine Code Breaker #355

2019 Soumah Syrah, Yarra Valley, Victoria International Syrah Day appears to have got lost this year.  Celebrated on the 16th of February, it seems to have slipped most of us by.  Perhaps it was the hangover of the romance of the 14th or was it Global Drink Wine Day on the 18th. Perhaps it wasContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #355”

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 #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 #26

2009 Tyrrells Rufus Stone Shiraz, Heathcote, Victoria One from the archives of 2012…While watching the London Olympics in full swing it seemed appropriate that a wine with ties to Great Britain and an Olympic sport be honoured as a “Wine Code Breaker” (originally published as “Wine of the Week”).  On the 2nd August 1100, SirContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #26”

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”