In 1997, an unassuming young viticulturalist and winemaker, Andrew Nugent, chanced his arm in the emerging wine region of the Adelaide Hills. He planted the seeds of the Bird in Hand vineyard across 100 acres of rich, fertile ground in the Adelaide Hills. The region was scattered with gold mines during the 1800s and the Nest Egg, Bird in Hand and Two in the Bush wines proudly bear the names of these original mines. Since those first plantings Bird in Hand has grown significantly in stature, no doubt due in part to internationally-renowned Chief Winemaker, Kym Milne MW, who is recognised for commanding one of the strongest palates in the wine world. Capitalising on their Adelaide Hills positioning, Bird in Hand produce a range of beautifully proportioned wines, highlighting the cool climate nature of their plantings. Andrew grew up next door to Penfolds at Magill and his formative wine years were spent in South Australia’s McLaren Vale. It was here that he honed his craft as a viticulturalist, vineyard manager and winemaker. The Nugent family live and work on the picturesque property, reflecting the strong sense of community in the Adelaide Hills.
A lightly oaked Chardonnay using old French oak to give a lively aroma of citrus and stone fruits. The palate offers an abundance of peach and nectarine with a clean and crisp finish. A combination of wild and cultured yeasts add complexity and texture. Ripe stone fruit and toasty oak characteristics are underlined by mineral, melon and citrus notes on the finish.