Adelaide Hills winery Bird In Hand are no stranger to international acclaim, taking countless awards for their wines in recent years. On the back of their success in viticulture and recognising the bulging luxury goods market in China (where they have four cellar doors) Bird In Hand has launched a new fashion line featuring jewellery, leather goods, knitwear and wine accessories in an attempt to become a global luxury brand. Bird in Hand founder Andrew Nugent said the fashion line has been sourced from the best overseas suppliers with affordable quality the key to its success.
The Versatile Gent was in Adelaide to celebrate the launch with a preview of the fashion line and a serious shindig at the beautiful Bird In Hand cellar door. Pre dinner drinks were served in the gallery foyer amongst samples of the new line before guests were ushered into the winery’s barrel room where dinner was served.
Guests of the night were treated to a wine enthusiast’s dream, tasting not only the lavish ‘Nest Egg’ range, but also carefully cellared, hand-selected bottles from each variety’s finest vintage. To begin, the 2010 Chardonnay showed exceptional concentration and body with hazelnut, peach and nectarine tones, leading to a brilliantly rich and creamy mouth-coating structure. In red, the 2003 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon portrayed lithe, fine-grained tannins and an amalgamation of black forest fruit flavours, stewed plums and a delicate, herbal edge. To finish, and the pick of the group, the 2007 Shiraz was a spicy, brambly masterstroke layered with black-cherry, liquorice and chocolate, tailing off with nuances of peppery, charred oak.
Both wines and the new fashion range are available at the Bird In Hand website: http://www.birdinhand.com.au/