Bird in Hand

Spent an evening at Punch Bar and Lounge at Best Western Premier, Dua Sentral checking out the wines by Bird in Hand. The tasting came aptly as I have been running through a fair bit of Australian wines of late. Bird in Hand originates from Adelaide. If I can use the term, its a boutique estate.
In case you're wondering why the name Bird in Hand? The name of the vineyard is actually the name of a gold mine in Adelaide some time in the 1850s though the vineyard is relatively new with its first vineyard planted only in 1997 in Adelaide Hills and now includes Clare Valley region.

Justin Nugent from Bird in Hand was present and ran us through the different wines and of course our preferences.

My regular preference has always been white. Sometimes I wonder its because the weather is simply quite warm in Malaysia. So quite aptly, I will always happily start with a white wine which we indeed did. 

Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2010 @ RM118++ was awarded GOLD at the 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show. Justin Nugent shares with us that the Chardonnay is made with wild yeast, malo-lactic fermentation and traditional lees stirring in a mix of new and old French oak barriques. This is a fairly rich and easy Chardonnay with a very lovely citrus finish to it.

Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet 2010 @ RM105++. Deep and dark ruby, it is intense in its own way. Fruity sweet with lovely notes of plums and ripe berries and hints of oak, nutmeg and cedar. Note that that Bird in Hand wines are stored in quality French Oak.

We run through 2 Shiraz that night - Two in the Bush Shiraz 2010 and Bird in Hand Shiraz 2010. Both are also from Mt Lofty Ranges. 
Two in the Bush Shiraz 2010 @MRM105++ is a very palatable red with the clear flavours of  ripe berries. Certainly a good shiraz with light bites when the girls pop over for a girly afternoon 
at my place.
Bird in Hand Shiraz 2010 @ RM118++ is rich with the aromas of dark berries. The tannins are firm and the wine finishes with a lovely lingering spice touch to it. if I had to choose between the 2 Shiraz, this will be my clear favourite for its character and feel!

My clear favourite for the night is Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot RM192++. Before the tasting session began, we actually started with this. And it was quite apt that I was asked is I wanted more of this before the night ended. Refreshingly good because it was nice and chilled. But I would like to say more so as this glass of sparkling had a very lovely lingering strawberry and floral notes (and finish) to it. Easy drinking to start and end a night!

THANX to the kind folks at Straits Wine Company and Mei for the lovely evening of wine pairing. Cheers!

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Lovely and simple nibbles that goes well with the evening of wine pairing.