Wine Code Breaker #328

Non-vintage Pirie Sparkling, Tasmania The first apple tree was planted by William Bligh in 1788.  This was also the first apple tree planted in Australia.  For Tasmania, apples became an important industry with exports these crisp and crunchy balls of joy being exported to countries far and wide.  It was at its peak that TasmaniaContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #328”

Wine Code Breaker #327

2017 First Creek Shiraz, Hunter Valley, New South Wales The Hunter Valley wine region in New South Wales is Australia’s oldest.  It tends to get lost when compared to the volumes out of the other regions across the country.  What is remarkable, is that the Hunter Valley produces <1% of the nations crush.  The leadingContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #327”

Wine Code Breaker #287

2014 Devil’s Lair Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia One from the archives of 2019…One of the earliest sites evidencing human occupation in Australia is named as Devil’s Lair.  Located in the southwest of Western Australia, it is a large single-chamber cave that has had artefacts discovered dating back around 50,000 years.  To help usContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #287”

Wine Code Breaker #326

2018 Singlefile Family Reserve Chardonnay, Great Southern, Western Australia Zephyr is the name of one of the four humanoid characters of the Elementals as featured in the Marvel Comics.  As the Mistress of the Winds, Zephyr had the power to control the wind, sky and air to create havoc.  It is a sad story ofContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #326”

Wine Code Breaker #147

1997 Penfolds RWT Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia One from the archives of 2015…Once the euphoria of your child’s birth passes, there is a dawning realisation that you have absolutely no idea what it is going to take to raise this mini you. Some days you get it right, others can be a complete disaster.Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #147”

Wine Code Breaker #281

2013 Mitchelton Print Series Shiraz, Central Victoria, Victoria From the archives of 2019…How can you produce great wine in an area that is considered to be a warm climate region and experiences less than 600 mm rainfall in an average year?  In many parts of the world this would be considered a desert.  The Nagambie Lakes districtContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #281”

Wine Code Breaker #325

2018 Warramate Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria Did you know that the 20th of May is World Bee Day? This day pays homage to the role of bees and other pollinators of the ecosystems of our world. Just think what we would struggle to find without bees. Almost 75% of the world’s food crops require pollinationContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #325”

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 #321

2018 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Syrah, Yarra Valley, Victoria “Jack and the Bean Stalk“ is a classic English fairy tale that contains a tetrametric poem that we all re-call with ease.  Of course, it is the monosyllabic incantation from the giant: Fee-fi-fo-fum,I smell the blood of an Englishman,Be he alive or be he deadI’ll grindContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #321”

Wine Code Breaker #271

2012 Cirillo 1850 Ancestor Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia One from the archives of 2018…In looking back through the tasting year of 2018 there has been an apparent bias towards Grenache.  So let’s just call it as it is, the year of Grenache.  The more of these wines you get to see the more you marvelContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #271”