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IWC Red Winemaker of the Year

Bird in Hand winemakers Dylan Lee and Kym Milne MW have won the coveted trophy of ‘Red Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge for the estate’s 2017 Syrah, which was also named ‘Best Australian Red’. Attending with Bird in Hand owner Andrew Nugent, Dylan Lee accepted the trophy at last week’s award ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. He told us, ‘I am delighted and humbled to win an international award of this level, and it is a credit to our dedicated, passionate and hardworking winery team. For us, being awarded on a global stage for wines across different varieties, styles and vintages is particularly pleasing as it shows that we have been able to maintain a high level of consistency in our winemaking.’

Bird in Hand was Adelaide Hills’ top producer, gaining four gold medals – two from Adelaide Hills and two from Mount Lofty, including the Syrah 2017 which was awarded 96/100 points by a panel of international judges, including Masters of Wine Tim Atkin, Natasha Hughes and Madeleine Stenwreth. It was described by the panel as, ‘brooding and focused with elegant floral black fruits on the nose and cool climate elegance. Pure raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, understated oak and fine tannins‘.