Iconic Adelaide Hills winery, Bird in Hand has made history by being the first Australian winery to win the ‘Sauvignon Blanc of the Year’ award at the annual Winestate Awards.
The 2017 Bird in Hand sauvignon blanc is the first of this grape variety to be judged the best that was not produced in New Zealand.
Each year, Winestate evaluates around 10,000 wines from Australia and New Zealand with judging panels of winemakers, Masters of Wine and other industry experts.
The 2017 Bird in Hand sauvignon blanc was one of over 500 of the grape variety tasted by experts including New Zealand wine journalist Jane Skilton MW and a line-up of Australian judges.
The 2017 Australasian Winestate Awards were presented at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 24th November and Bird in Hand chief winemaker, Kym Milne MW received the award on behalf of the winery. Kym commented: “The Adelaide Hills has a great reputation for its cool climate wine styles and the cool 2017 vintage produced some excellent sauvignon blancs right across the region. We knew when we produced this vintage that it was something special, but to have that acknowledged by industry experts and peers makes it all the more rewarding.”
On the same day, Friday 24th November, Bird in Hand’s Arneis, part of its Italian series of wines, took home the award for ‘Best Other White’ at the 2017 Adelaide Hills Saint Martin Wine Show.