Wine Code Breaker #351

2018 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, South Australia The greatest wines are out of the reach of most of us.  They are wines that fill your dreams.  Their costs far exceed your bank balances, or the consequences of an extravagant spend far exceed the perceived benefit to the palate experience.  Then there are wines thatContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #351”

Wine Code Breaker #350

Non-Vintage Sparkling Shiraz, Turkey Flat, Barossa Valley, South Australia A BBQ is an Australian institution.  Snags, salad and steak on a paper plate, all to be eaten with one hand and an implement.  But which implement is best? What do you really need?  A fork, a spoon or a knife? A splayd of course!  CombiningContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #350”

Wine Code Breaker #349

2017 Simonnet-Febvre Cesar Coteaux Bourguignons, Burgundy, France Asterix and Obelix stories tell the tale of the Julius Caesar’s Romans and their fateful interactions with the Gauls in the territories that are now France.  Of course Getafix, the Druid, has access to a magic potion that keeps the Gauls and Romans in a semi-conflicted peace.  TheContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #349”

Wine Code Breaker #347

2018 Coldstream Hills Merlot, Yarra Valley, Victoria Miles is the somewhat hard to love character from Sideways, a movie that almost killed the sales of Merlot.  He had some self esteem issues; best summed up when he remarked, “half my life is over and I have nothing to show for it.  Nothing.  I’m a thumbprintContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #347”

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 #344

Non Vintage House of Arras Brut Elite Cuvée No. 1501 Methode Traditionelle, Tasmania October 19 is Champagne Day.  What a great day to recognise the euphoric elixir that is a sparkling white or pink shaded wine.  This day ignores the fact that the English invented the Methode Traditionelle of which, yes the French perfected.  ItContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #344”

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”