Wine Code Breaker #368

2017 Mac Forbes EB40 Flaming Nebbiolo, Yarra Valley, Victoria Ever heard of a “Nebb Off?” No? Let me explain. With the increased interest in Australian Nebbiolo, a “Nebb Off” is a flight of wines at a tasting that are, of course, Nebbiolo. A recent “Nebb Off” allowed for a comparison of Nebbiolo across three differentContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #368”

Wine Code Breaker #363

2020 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria  Hello Possums! Dame Edna Everage is our beloved megastar who is like no other. Hailing from Moonee Ponds, our Dame’s life experiences are something to marvel at. Her love of gladioli and outfits, whilst teetering on the fine line of outlandish and stylish, pale inContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #363”

Wine Code Breaker #356

2019 Mac Forbes EB57 Concrete Schoolyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Junction, Yarra Valley, Victoria  Mac Forbes’s approach to winemaking starts in the vineyard.  As he states, “the vines are only as good as the soil they are anchored in.”  And with this, he works with the constraints of the seasons.  His EB – Experimental Batch –Continue reading “Wine Code Breaker #356”

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #309

2018 Giant Steps Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria From the archives of 2019 … A favourite comic book of mine growing up was the tales of Asterix and Obelix.  My absolute favourite though was Asterix & Cleopatra.  In this story, my Gaulish heroes were recruited to support Edifis in the construction of a magnificent palace forContinue reading “Wine Code Breaker #309”