Bird In Hand


Kym Milne MW is a quiet achiever, a winemaking consultant and former ‘Flying Winemaker’ who has settled down as chief winemaker for Bird In Hand, the Nugent family’s venture in the Adelaide Hills.

Milne was recently announced as Winestate magazine’s winemaker of the year, and I can see why. The Bird In Hand wines (tastings) continue to progress superbly, year by year, capped by the expensive, reserve-style Nest Egg bottlings.

The latest crop of these have been blinders. My latest cabernet and merlot tastings include the Nest Egg merlot (tasting) and cabernet sauvignon (tasting), both of which were among the best wines in their category. 

Bird In Hand (the curious name comes from an old abandoned goldmine on the property) is at Woodside. Managing director and senior winemaker is Andrew Nugent, who is also a trained winemaker, being a Roseworthy graduate. In keeping with the Bird In Hand theme, the second label is Two In The Bush.

The Nest Egg red wines (all $110) are highly polished, well finished wines with slick oak and impeccably clean – as you’d expect from such a technically competent winemaking team. The Nest Egg shiraz (tasting) was in last month’s uploads and is in similar style. All three are from the outstanding 2012 vintage.

Kym Milne is also the longstanding chairman of the Sydney International Wine Competition and a show judge of high repute. 

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