Hand­picked vine­yards a win­ner

Central and North Burnett Times - - EASY EATING - peter.chap­man@apn.com.au

IF YOU are like many wine drinkers who se­lect your wines mainly by re­gion then the Hand­picked Wines la­bel is sure to have you puz­zled.

One day you may dis­cover a great Hand­picked wine from Tas­ma­nia and the next you’ll be de­lighted with a wine they pro­duced in Cen­tral Otago.

Their bold idea has been to find great parcels of lands in dif­fer­ent re­gions and try and grow the best wine they can.

While this ob­vi­ously brings with it many lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues, the con­cept has pro­duced great re­sults.

Hand­picked Wines man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Wil­liam Dong said they don’t limit them­selves to one re­gion or style.

“Our wines are crafted to en­sure they re­flect the character of their re­gion and our fruit is sourced through es­tab­lished part­ner­ships with highly re­spected vi­gnerons in pre­mium wine re­gions around the world from Bordeaux to the Barossa,” he said.

Hand­picked’s Aus­tralian vine­yards are in the Barossa Val­ley, Yarra Val­ley and Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula.

The la­bel con­tin­ues to evolve un­der the di­rec­tion of lead­ing wine­maker Gary Bald­win, who trav­els the globe over­see­ing qual­ity in their vine­yards, winer­ies and cel­lars.

HAND­PICKED 2013 PINOT NOIR TAS­MA­NIA

RAT­ING: 96/100 RRP: $32.25

HAND­PICKED 2013 PINOT NOIR MORN­ING­TON

RAT­ING: 95/100 RRP: $32.25

HAND­PICKED 2013 CHARDONNAY YARRA VAL­LEY

RAT­ING: 94/100 RRP: $25.80

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