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”

Wine Code Breaker #88

2012 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, Western Australia One from the archives of 2014…Diatomaceous earth is an amazing naturally occurring substance. As an absorbent for moisture, it also has the remarkable ability of sucking into its matrix the foulest of odours, one of which is cats pee. This offending smell can beContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #88”

Wine Code Breaker #319

2017 Patronus The Antler Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia For some, the Harry Potter craze passed them by and this may have been due to their age or the age of their children.  I, on the other hand, have lived the Harry Potter journey through the books and then the movies.  Perhaps we were meanContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #319”

Wine Code Breaker #142

2012 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia One from the archives of 2015…Homer Simpson introduced viewers to the world of topology in an episode called “the Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”. This line of mathematics considers a square and a circle to be identical or homeomorphic because a square can be transformedContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #142”

Wine Code Breaker #318

2016 One Block Moonlit Forest Dark Star Syrah, Yarra Valley Walking through a moonlit forest can be quite a spiritual experience.  The light is dabbled through the leaves onto the forest floor.  As you walk, shadows move slowly beside you like a friend.  Cool climate Shiraz or Syrah can be the same.  Its flavours areContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #318”

Wine Code Breaker #312

2017 Bird in Hand Montepulciano, Adelaide Hills, South Australia “Italian” is a word at first reading that does not appear too hard to rhyme.  “Stallion” is a word that instantly comes to mind.  Charles Cotton, the author of “Book 1, Virgil Travesti”, a mock poem in his self titled poetical works, selected “tatterdemalion” as hisContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #312”

Wine Code Breaker #311

2006 Soul Growers Black Cellar Sparkling Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia Sparkling Shiraz, for some, is an aberration. For others, it is the gold that appears at the foot of a rainbow. Tasting a Sparkling Shiraz is more than the alleged gold at the end of the rainbow, it is more like following gravity’s courseContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #311”

Wine Code Breaker #310

2017 TarraWarra South Block Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Victoria “Horton Hears a Who!” plays out William Blake’s concept of a grain of sand that contains a universe.  Our hero, Horton, saves the universe of the Whos of Whosville much as viticulturalists protect and preserve their plots.  They hear and sense the vines as they live andContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #310”