Bird in Hand Chardonnay – Worthy of attention

Bird in hand chardonnay

Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2016 has won Gold at International Wine Challenge 2017 as well as New Zealand International Wine Show 2017 proving that spending on this wine is not a waste of time.

Bird in hand winery takes great pride in producing quality wines that wine lovers cherish. The winery produces Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines and few other Italian grape varieties. The winery has 4 ranges – Tribute Series, Nest Egg, Bird in Hand and Two in the Bush. The brand has also dived into Art, fashion, and home goods. The winery also organizes music concerts where wine and good music combine to create a night one of its kind.

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Derwent Estate Winery – Wines with a difference

About Derwent Estate

The Mt Nassau property has been in the hands of Hanigan’s family since 1913 and underwent various initiatives over time including vegetable production, growing poppies, and production of lime etc. and lately entered into viticulture.

Location of the property is geographically favorable to produce cool climate wine grapes

Derwent Estate Winery avoids using insecticides and pesticides that may be harmful to the environment during grape production. Alternatively, they use Integrated Pest Management approach.

Vineyards

The original plantings of 1992 in the vineyard comprised of only one grape variety. Five years later, these planting saw an increase to 4 grape varieties. As the name of Derwent Estate grew and its popularity rose over the years, wine companies started knocking on Derwent’s door asking it to grow premium fruit for them which included iconic names in wine business like Penfolds, for its Yattarna wine label. Today, the vineyard spans over 10 hectares with 5 different grape varieties.

Range

The winery has 3 labels under it and are named below –

  • Lime Kiln Point Label – This label has only one Pinot Noir under it.

Lime Kiln Point Label 1

 

  • Boat Label – Most of the wines of the Derwent Estate belongs to this label.

Derwent Estate Boat 1

  • CALCAIRE Label – Is the premium label of Derwent Estate

Derwent Estate Calcaire

Derwent Estate Pinot Noir Tasmania 2015
Derwent Estate Pinot Noir Tasmania 2015

 

Larry Cherubino Wines- On High Pedestal

Larry Cherubino wines

Larry Cherubino did his graduation from Horticulture in 1994. He along with his wife Edwina purchased a piece of land in Frankland River in 2004. After few years, they expanded by buying a neighbouring vineyard. Larry Cherubino began by releasing just one wine from his spare room in 2005, which today has expanded to a brand and wide range of wines in Australia.

Sustainability

In Viticulture, the winery uses a minimum of copper as far as possible. It avoids using Herbicides instead use fish and seaweed applications. The winery prepares its own compost. Steps are taken to preserve the soil health and to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Wine Ranges

  • Apostrophe
  • Ad Hoc
  • Pedestal
  • The Yard
  • Laissez Faire
  • Cherubino

Vineyards

Riversdale North Vineyard– The vineyard was planted in mid-1990’s, purchased in 2010. Located in Frankland River Western Australia. Stands at an elevation of 250 Meters. The soil is iron rich and typically red in color. Varietals grown are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Fiano.

Riversdale South Vineyard– Vineyard purchased in 2010. Stands at an elevation of 200 Meters. Varietals grown are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Fiano.

Channybearup Vineyard – Planted in 1996. Located in Pemberton, Western Australia. Vineyard Stands at an elevation of 60 meters. Vines have matured over the years and today are in the good position to produce quality Chardonnay. Varietals grown here are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Arenis, Processeco.

Pedestal Vineyard – Soils are iron rich with a good amount of gravel content. Located in Willyabarup, Margaret River. The vineyard stands at an elevation of 100 meters. Varietals grown are Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Semillon.

Justin Vineyard – The vineyard is named after Justin Roche who had planted the vineyard in 1960’s. Located in Frankland River, Western Australia. The vineyard stands at an elevation of 150 meters.   Varietals grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz, and Riesling.

Pannoo Vineyard – Located in Porongurup, Western Australia. Pannoo Vineyard is the highest vineyard of the state. Stands at an elevation of 350 meters. Varietals grown are – Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Awards and Appreciation

  • Has been awarded ‘Best Value Winery 2017’ in James Halliday Wine Companion.
  • Was the ‘Winery of the Year 2011’- By James Halliday
  • Listed as one of the ‘Ten Best New Wineries in Australia’ by James Halliday and Winery rated 5 stars by James Halliday
  • Larry Cherubino was the Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

An Introduction to the Bird in Hand Wines

BirdinHand

Bird in Hand is a family owned winery which began in 1997 with the goal of producing wines to match the world’s finest.

At the winery, sustainable practices are employed with minimalistic use of chemicals.

Influence of Gulf of St. Vincent and Mount Lofty ranges places its 80 acres of vines at a unique geographical location which makes it ideal to produce cool-climate wines

Produces Shiraz along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines and Italian grape varietals such as Montepulciano, Nero d’avola, and Arneis.

About Chief Winemaker – Kym Milne

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Kym Milne is currently the chief winemaker of Bird in Hand. He has 30 years of experience in wine Industry. Previously has been Chief Winemaker at Villa Maria Winery, New Zealand from 1983 to 1992. In year 1991, qualified Master of Wine’ becoming the second Australian to do so. He joined Bird in Hand in 2003 and named Australian Winemaker of the year by Winestate Magazine in 2014 and 2015.

Wines

Tribute Series High quality wines to be cherished on special occasions. Available to members of flight club, or at Cellar door and Gallery.

Nest Egg –  Wines of this range take the time to develop all its characters. Its powerful structure can be attributed to the use of French Oak.

Bird in Hand – These wines can both be enjoyed as a young wine or after maturation.

Two in the Bush – This range is for casual drinkers to be enjoyed with simple meals.

Awards and Appreciation

Bird in Hand Winery is consistently proving itself each year winning awards and earning recognition. In 2016 alone, Bird in hand wines won a good number of Gold medals in numerous domestic and international wine competitions like New Zealand International Wine Show, Royal Queensland Wine Show, Melbourne International Wine Show, London International Wine Challenge, San Francisco International Wine Show and Royal Perth Wine Show.

 

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz- A Premium Shiraz Wine

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St Henri is one of the many series of wines under the Penfolds wines label. This series was first launched in the 1950s, so it is more than 60 years old. The popularity of the wine has not waned ever since. Penfolds St Henri Shiraz is not a 100% shiraz wine. Rather, it also has a cabernet sauvignon content of about 4%. This gives the wine its striking magenta hue. This wine has been oaked for about a year before releasing it in market.

The wine has a great cellaring potential. It can be cellared for 30 years which makes it a great choice among wine collectors as well.