Wine Code Breaker #398

2021 Ghost Rock Pinot Gris, Tasmania The forbidden fruit can be many things. Your own forbidden fruit appears to depend upon your cultural leanings, educational curiosity and life experiences. Figs, apples, pears, pomegranates and grapes all get a mention. As an aside, it is highly amusing to discover that apple in Latin means apple, butContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #398”

Wine Code Breaker #395

2021 Bird in Hand Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills, South Australia Cat’s pee can be detected at 50 paces and assails one’s nostrils with such force that no other odour is able to be perceived for days. Poorly made Sauvignon Blanc can do something similar. At its least offensive, it is flabby and insults the senses.Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #395”

Wine Code Breaker #387

2021 Granite Hills Riesling, Macedon Ranges, Victoria Burke and Wills set out on their remarkable, yet tragic, journey from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, facing their first challenge in the winter of 1860 when traversing the Macedon Ranges. This is a range that is dominated by granite outcrops that rise and fall 300 toContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #387”

Wine Code Breaker #383

2021 Rieslingfreak No. 4 Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia The word freak as a noun refers to a very unusual and unexpected event or situation. As a verb, freak is to behave or cause to behave in a wild and irrational way. Coming across a winery that is called Rieslingfreak does get you wondering. IsContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #383”

Wine Code Breaker #366

2017 La Petite Mort Marsanne, Granite Belt, Queensland  La Petite Mort is the celebrated album by James, a British rock band.  Incidentally, my favourite song from this group is Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) but that is another story.  This album is influenced by the recent deaths of a family member and friendContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #366”

Wine Code Breaker #362

2016 Printhie Super Duper Chardonnay, Orange, New South Wales  The Orange wine region is located about 300km due West of Sydney.  It is an elevated landscape that belies its altitude.  Dominated by Mount Canobolis as there is nothing higher to the West.  A cool climate region that is relatively new, yet producing some stunning winesContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #362”

Wine Code Breaker #359

2019 Singlefile Family Reserve Chardonnay, Great Southern, Western Australia  The Zephyr of Great Southern has struck again.  This Mistress of the Winds plays with the steep hills and valleys of the region and the Great Southern Ocean to deliver moisture laden breezes that cool the winters and warm the dry summers.  The vines grown onContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #359”

Wine Code Breaker #353

2017 Golden Ball ‘là-bas’ Chardonnay, Beechworth, Victoria  A rural property located near the gold mining town of Beechworth is named Golden Ball.  As the story goes, it was named after the original settler’s favourite hotel in London (c1850s).  Golden Ball is also the name given to the granite that dominates the region.  The granite shapesContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #353”

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 #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”