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Bird in Hand named by Roger Jones as an estate to watch

 

Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones has put Bird in Hand at the top of his list for ‘hot new Australian wines’ in The Buyer. Acting as their roving reporter at the recent Australia Day Tasting in London, he wrote:

Bird in Hand – Andrew Nugent

Set up by father and son Michael and Andrew Nugent in 1997, this ex-dairy farm in the Adelaide Hills has carved out a significant name for itself especially in the premium end of the market. Named after the local Bird in Hand gold mine, and led by winemaker Kym Milne MW the winery specialises in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sparkling Wine.

Bird in Hand produce four specific ranges: Two in the Bush, Bird in Hand, Nest Egg and the prestige Tribute Series. Both the Two in the Bush and Nest Egg are also named after local 19th century gold mines, I am not sure if there is still gold in those vineyards but certainly the wines do hit Gold Star level.

Nest Egg Joy 2010
100% Blanc de Noirs. Pinot Noir, aged for four years on the lees, named after Andrew’s mother Joy. Concentrated brioche and mineral flavours, bright fresh red fruits controlled by delicate rich toasty flavours – elegance and restraint. A real class act, they also produce a bargain-priced Sparkling Pinot Noir 2017 that oozes cherries and strawberries, with a pleasant creamy feel, and fresh bright finish.

Nest Egg Chardonnay 2015

Delicate and very fine minerality, focussed, a wine to age, purity, unwaxed citrus peel, nutty, abundance of freshness, a marvel.

Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2016

Elegance was the first word that jumped out when tasting this wine, textured, white stone fruit, mineral, honey, peaches and cream, vibrant.

Two in the Bush Chardonnay 2016

Great value, delicate tropical fruits, lots of flavour, delicate spiced oak, easy drinking.

Bird in Hand Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Clean, fresh, focussed, cassis, lamb meat juices, bright aftertaste, easy drinking.

Nest Egg Shiraz 2013

Violets and smoky bacon crisps, impressive purity but still full and intense, delicate Christmas spice, blackcurrants and blackberries, very Rhône in style.