Friday, 3 July 2015

Wine of the Week #4

Something a bit different this time around, another alternative varietal favourite of mine in ... Trincadeira is one of a number of Portuguese red wine varieties which have been introduced into Australia. In early days it was used extensively used to make a port style wine.

Rich in colour, with good acidity and rarely an excess of alcohol, Trincadeira or Tinta Amarela (if you are speaking to a Portuguese Douro producer) makes wines of serious quality when ripe.

Properly ripened, it has vibrant raspberry fruit tempered by herby, peppery, spicy, floral complexity, and it can age well.

Typically, in Australia, it is used in a blended capacity, however there are now a number of wineries producing a single varietal wine.  One of which,as mentioned is a particular favourite of mine... Patritti Wines.  Patritti was the first Australian winery to release a Trincadeira red wine under its official Portuguese varietal name. Recently their 2012 Trincadeira wine was named in the Adelaide Advertiser’s Top 10 best wines and is made from high quality fruit sourced in the Barossa.

It’s available for tasting and purchase at the Patritti Winery Cellar Door, 13 Clacton Road Dover Gardens, or purchased via the Patritti Wines online store.

Very yum indeed!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Wine of the Week #3

Torbreck 2007 Old Vines Shiraz


Another stunning Shiraz, (or as my US friends call it a "Syrah"), however this time it is from the famous Barossa Valley.  

I was pleasantly surprised with this wine as it had fantastic fruit-driven sweetness, reminiscent of a traditional home-styled Italian/European red wine. Not something that I expect from a wine from 100-year old vines.

Deep garnet red in colour with flickers of purple, the wine’s high-toned aromas of black cherries, five spice, crème de cassis and spring flowers are supported by a rich core of roasted earth, liquorice, and provençal herbs.

The palate offers a soft latent richness and silken-like texture with subtle notes of crushed cherries, plums and earth - all neatly wound by a taut spine of acidity and ripe supple tannins and fruity sweetness. Oh my god, it was Gorgeous!!!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Wine of The Week #2


Australia's most popular grape varietal, Shiraz is full-bodied with high alcohol, and vibrant berry and plum on both the nose and palate.

Some years ago I discovered the Mitolo brand and it’s was a very good surprise, indeed!!!  

Today's selection is a Mitolo 2006 Shiraz 'G.A.M.' (the initials of the Mitolo children, “Gemma, Alexander & Marco”) wine has an opaque purple-ish colour, has an aromatic array of roasted coffee, violets, lavender, pepper, Asian spices, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. 

In the mouth it is velvety-textured, deep, concentrated, opulent, and altogether hedonistic.  The focus is on McLaren Vale fruit from Willunga, which is located towards the most southern part of the district.


Thankfully I have other bottles of this vintage, as it has been suggested that it will drink well through to 2020.  It is definitely a personal favourite.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Wine of the Week...

OK I promised fellow Redstack co-worker and Blogger, Damien Jovica to write a review on this blog of a wine that I've had during the past week, usually at "Wine O'Clock, Friday afternoon... so that end, I'd like to present to you all, my first "Wine of The Week" - a glorious 2008 Symphonia Tannat.

What the heck is a Tannat, you say???  I am a big fan of Alternative varietal red wines and I found this variety some 7 years in NE Victoria.... and WOW what a stunner!!!


For the uninitiated, Tannat's homeland is the South Western area of France, and one of its synonyms, Madiran, is also the name of an important appellation in that part of the world.  Wines of this variety are notable for their very high levels of tannin. Tannat wines are also very high in polyphenols - these are good chemicals in wine that keep your heart healthy (according to researcher & author Roger Corder in the book "The Red Wine Diet").


Tannat's have a reputation of a long cellaring potential, and this one no exception.  The wine displays a distinctive intense blackberry and cassis aromas and flavours balanced by the big bold ripe tannins.  This is dense, almost impenetrable, a rich wine that is still dominated by dark tannins and black fruits. A juicy element suggests it is still fresh, still young enough for fruitiness. Dark black flavors are still working their way through and developing.  Thankfully I still have several more bottles in the cellar and will be enjoying this wine for the next 10 years or so... Sláinte



Thursday, 26 March 2015

My Stereo Panorama Experience

Recently Autodesk gave me the opportunity on relating my experiences with their new Stereo Panoramas feature

It was first posted by Autodesk.  See Rendering Pro - My Stereo Panorama Experience by Bill Adams
A still of the interior I later rendered as a stereo panorama

Monday, 23 March 2015

The exciting world of 3D Printing


ULTIMAKER 2


Having a 3D Printer can open up a world of customization faster and closer to home. With the Ultimaker 2, you can personalize the objects in your life and have fun doing it. Designed for both the novice and the skilled, the Ultimaker 2 is well built and easy to interface with, and it creates stunning 3D prints. For its large build sizes, included accessories, robust software and print-quality score, the Ultimaker 2 wins!!!

Every inch of the Ultimaker 2 is designed to create the most effortless and enjoyable 3D printing experience ever. With ground-breaking 20 micron definition and near silent operation, it’s a leap forward in accurate 3D printing.

Everything's taken care of from the moment it’s out of the box, it’s ready to go. Intuitive software quickly and intelligently prepares your design for print. A radial scroll wheel allows for adjustment to speed and heat even whilst it’s printing. Long print jobs come with the reassurance of hours upon hours of continuous reliable printing. And even the heated print bed rarely needs adjustment.


There’s a sort of 3D alchemy that occurs when the software, materials and printer are combined. Together they create one of the most enjoyable and seamless 3D printing experiences around. It’s a kind of magic really.

Smart and intuitive, our advanced software makes 3D printing a breeze.
Endless testing tells us the filaments we've chosen make our printers sing.
Evolved through open source, it’s a printer for the people by the people.
The ingenious print head silently and precisely maps out your creation to an accuracy of 20 microns. It means print lines are barely perceivable creating a really smooth finish. And with its heated print bed and highly efficient dual fans, the Ultimaker 2 even takes overhangs and bridging in its stride. Did we mention it’s fast too?












For more information, 

http://www.redstack.com.au/Hardware/Ultimaker2-3D-Printer.aspx

Friday, 20 March 2015

Introducing AutoCAD 2016

If there were ever a time to upgrade your AutoCAD license it is now! So what's new? Whilst there doesn’t seem to be any one “new” thing, there is a plethora of product enhancements to existing commands and features. One thing that isn't new is the DWG file type, yes AutoCAD 2016 will still run on AutoCAD 2013 DWG.

Here’s a brief list of some of the new enhancements and features…

  •         Snap to geometric centre.  A new object snap mode – geometric centre, or GCE at the command-line – allows you to snap to the centre of closed polylines, whether regular or irregular.
  •          REVCLOUD command has some new options.
  •          The DIM command has been updated. The command has combined all dimensions creation controls into one command. Simply type DIM on the command line and right-click. Thankfully, I no longer have to find or remember the commands for the individual dimension types.
  •      Attach and view Autodesk Navisworks (.NWC, .NWD) and BIM 360™ Glue models directly inside AutoCAD.
  •     It’s great to see some point cloud feature extraction capabilities being introduced in the product. You can create as-built drawings from point clouds, extract your floor plan directly from a cross-section of the point cloud and snap to edges, corners, and centrelines of point cloud geometry using Object Snap.
  •      AutoCAD 2016 creates better PDFs.  They are smaller, generated more quickly and now searchable.
  •      Visual enhancements help you see your drawings more clearly. Readability is improved with true curves instead of line segments.
  •     Smart Dimensioning - automatically create appropriate measurements. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview of the dimension.

Well that’s it for this non-exhaustive look at AutoCAD 2016’s new features/enhancements – these are great and will be very useful indeed. It is also very nice to see so many AUGI Wish List items addressed in one release.


For more information,