Monday 3 December 2018
Following the sell out release of the 2017 vintage, Handpicked Wines has released another limited edition rosé in partnership with fashion label, Romance Was Born. Stemming from a mutual love of rosé and a shared philosophy of creativity and playfulness, the 2018 Handpicked Wines Rosé from the winery’s Yarra Valley vineyard features a special limited edition label by the celebrated designers, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales.
The limited edition design has been inspired by the Romance Was Born ‘Cosmic Disco’ pieces. Recently awarded Best Australian Womenswear Design at the 2018 Fashion Laureate, the pair behind Romance Was Born bonded with the Handpicked Wines team at their Urban Cellar Door in 2017 - and the rest is history. “We’re proud and excited to collaborate on this special label for the second year running. We love the synergy between wine and fashion and we love drinking rosé,” say designers, Plunkett and Sales.
The rosé, which has been developed with Pinot Noir grapes and fermented on Viognier skins to add texture, will retail online for $28.99. It forms part of Handpicked Wines Spring Summer 2018/2019 Collection, Odyssey, an eclectic line up of lighter style fine wines perfect for summer. These wines have been developed in the Handpicked vineyards in Victoria and are accompanied by two project wines out of Italy - a Pinot Grigio and an organic Prosecco. Also included in the range is an allocation of the recent trophy winning 2017 Wombat Creek Pinot Noir and the 2016 Capella Chardonnay. The Odyssey series also features vibrant limited edition gift packaging that compliment the Odyssey range, developed by design agency Motherbird.
Meanwhile, Handpicked Wines has also signed on to create two Victorian wines in collaboration with Melbourne fashion label, Gorman. These will be produced for a single runway show at Heide Museum of Modern Art in early 2019 as part of a Gorman retrospective, which celebrates 10 years of collaboration with Australian artists. Handpicked winemaker Peter Dillon is working closely with Lisa Gorman to develop two wines that will reflect the fun and bold style of Gorman and its Victorian provenance.
These newest collaborations are just two instances of Handpicked Wines continuing to push the boundaries of creativity as a non-conventional multi-regional fine wine business and grow its fashion and culture based partnerships. “We want to break down barriers for wine lovers to make wine more accessible through culture.” says Handpicked Wines Managing Director, William Dong. “Making great wines always comes first, and then challenging expectations of what is expected of a fine wine producer comes next. Doing meaningful collaborations with people and businesses we admire is all part of this.”
Cellar Door: 50 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008