Each new wine release is a source of excitement for us. At Handpicked Wines we value the unique character of different wine styles and regions from all over the world and it’s vital that each wine we bring to the market is one we truly believe in. Every now and then we have a special release that is very close to our hearts…we are thrilled to introduce two new Handpicked Numbered Series wines,now available online and at our urban cellar door in Chippendale, NSW.
With the Handpicked Numbered Series, we have reinvented the iconic Australian blended wine. The series began with a Victorian Shiraz made in homage to the Australian tradition of blending wine from different regions to make the best wine possible. Over the years, we’ve added our take on the concept to create a collection of luxury wines based on classic Australian regions and wine styles. Wines shaped by timeless craftsmanship in the vineyard and winery and complemented by a modern design aesthetic.
Handpicked No. 5
2014 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon - click here to shop
Densely concentrated and with firm, fine tannin, this wine has all the defining hallmarks of Coonawarra – cassis, ripe blackberry and a leafy freshness, with the added depth of mint and dark chocolate.
The fruit was chosen from select vineyards on Coonawarra’s famed terra rossa strip, one of the earliest identified great wine terroirs in Australia, where conditions conspire to create naturally low-yielding vines that ripen slowly and produce wines of exceptional concentration and balance.
2014 was one of the longest seasons on record in Coonawarra, yielding Cabernet wines of rare intensity, balance and longevity. This wine was matured in French oak hogsheads and barriques then bottle-aged in our cellars before release. It can be drunk now and will continue to evolve for many years with careful cellaring.
Handpicked No. 6
2015 Margaret River Cabernet Merlot - click here to shop
We love Cabernet Merlot because the brooding power and austerity of Cabernet Sauvignon is made just a touch more amiable with the plump mid-palate generosity of Merlot. Margaret River is one of Australia’s most reliable wine regions and it’s a natural home for this classic Bordeaux blend.
The fruit was grown at Brindle Vineyard in Wilyabrup, at the heart of Margaret River wine region. Our persistent emphasis on sustainable management has improved vineyard health, biodiversity and vitality. The soils of decomposed granite with coffee rock and iron stone lend the wines a unique complexity. The wine was wild fermented and aged for 26 months in French oak barriques, with a high proportion of new oak to add flavour and oak tannins. The extended maturation period softens the wine, adds complexity and enhances structure.
Handpicked No. 6 has the distinctive Margaret River bay leaf character together with deep cassis, chocolate and lifted red berry freshness, as well as appealing mineral notes. It is drinking well now and will mature for at least another 10 – 15 years.