In 1997, an unassuming young viticulturalist and winemaker, Andrew Nugent, chanced his arm in the emerging wine region of the Adelaide Hills and planted vineyards and an olive grove on 100 acres in Woodside, Australia. Andrew dreamed of becoming a wine maker since his school days. Today “Bird in Hand” is the largest privately owned Wine group of Australia and has innumerable awards to its credit.
Right: Sumedh Singh Mandla, Jackie Mattai, Suneeta Sodhi Kanga and Justine Nugent
Not only are these wines strong in their own backyard but they also have their presence in 27 countries across the world. Recognizing their potential, Jackie Mattai, Director, Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd decided to bring these wonderful wines for the growing wine lovers in India too. On 15th February 2010 select media were invited for a Tasting and to meet Justin Nugent,Director Marketing, of Bird in Hand wines.
Justin is confident that the wine will be a success in India. “We have built our reputation over the years in various international markets, as India is one of the fastest growing wine markets we wanted to start our brand with a company that can meet our stringent requirements and safeguard our brand’s reputation.” He further added “I am very sure that Aspri Spirits with their in dept knowledge of Indian wine market and large distribution network, will contribute towards making this brand great success in India”.
According to Sumedh Singh Mandla, CEO, Aspri Spirits said, “Australia is blessed with a climate suitable to ripen the grapes to perfection and has some of the best wineries in the world. We at Aspri Spirits adhere to a high quality and best value while deciding the wines to be imported with our brand value, Bird in Hand is a perfect example of that.” He further added “Bird in Hand offers great quality of wines with their superior technology and good climate. It has done exceptionally well in other countries and with our passion and dedication we are sure to make it a good success in all the key markets across India.”
The grapes are grown in the mineral rich soils above the 1879 “Bird in Hand” gold mine which is where they get their unusual name from. The Bird in Hand range is released every vintage though, as you would expect with premium wines of quality and substance, release is limited. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz and Riesling are available in packages of six.
They also have a Vineyard near “Two in the Bush” Gold mine across the estate. Two in the Bush range include popular, drink now style wines. Comprising Merlot/Cabernet, Shiraz, Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay, the Two in the Bush range is released every vintage. These premium wines are offered in cases of 12 – outstanding wines at outstanding value.
All in all the property includes 100 acres of vineyards & olive grove, cellar door, wine & olive production facilities and the picturesque family residence. Bird in Hand Pinot Noir Sparkling was served at the Wimbledon tournament more than once and a few of their wines have won innumerable awards.
Aspri Spirits has launched five wines from the Bird in Hand range:
The Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 2008 is a 100% Pinot Noir. It gets a soft salmon rose colour comes from the one hour contact it has with the skin. This voluptuous sparkling wine is bright and clean and makes the perfect pre dinner or celebratory drink.
Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Semillon Sauvignon 2008 is a classic Bordeaux blend. The rounded tropical characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc are softened with the Semillon which makes it a good food wine.
Bird in Hand Shiraz 2008 exhibits intense aromas of blackberry, cinnamon and mocha. It is a highly awarded wine that is low in alcohol, fruity in style, well balanced and elegant.
Likewise the Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Shiraz 2008 has a rich fruity palate, supple textures and a long persistent finish.
The Bird in Hand Merlot 2008 is a complex wine which is well structures and has mild silky tannins. The richness and vibrancy of the fruit ensures a long and persistent finish. This wine was awarded the – “Merlot of the Year” award by Winestate Magazine in 2006.
Priced between Rs. 2,090/- to Rs. 3,125/- in Mumbai the wines are solely distributed by Aspri Spirits in over 10 cities in India and are available at all leading Hotels, restaurants and select retail outlets across the country