Bird Wines – Pinot Noir 2019 and Sauvignon Blanc 2021
After graduating from Roseworthy Steve went to work with John Hancock at Morton Estate before setting up the Thornbury label. In 2005, Steve Bird Wines was founded and remained a small family-owned and operated business.
Big Barrel Pinot Noir is Steve's signature bottling. He employs the 'Vernou Roll' fermentation method where he uses 1,000L oak fudres for fermentation and maturation, and the process involves gently rolling the barrels. This results in a gentle extraction of colour and tannins from the grapes and greater integration of the oak, flavour, phenolics and tannin componentry, as well as greater detail, texture and complexities. The fruit of Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from the Wairau Valley on a stony, alluvial site, classical in expression.
Here, I review his new release Sauvignon Blanc 2021 and Big Barrel Pinot Noir 2019.
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Steve Bird Sauvignon Blanc 2021, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 29-Sep-2022Bright, even, pale yellow. The nose is full, packed with citrus, cassis, cut herbs, spice and citrus blossom aromas. Medium-bodied, aromas of lime, grapefruit and cassis melded with citrus peels, tomato vine, green herbs and a hint of blossom. The fruit is concentrated; taut, salivating acidity persists and drives with good energy. Herbaceous details and phenolics added substance. This vibrant, extensive Sauvignon Blanc possesses passionfruit, cassis and herb details with a taut, mouth-watering acid line. Match with battered fish and goat's cheese over the next 3 years. Machine harvested, free run juice fermented cool to 13.4% alc in stainless steel, post ferment maceration for 3 months approx. 17.5/20 pts (88 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $24
Steve Bird Big Barrel Pinot Noir 2019, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 29-Sep-2022Deep ruby-red, slightly lighter on the rim. The nose is full and forward, with aromas of black cherry, red plum interweave violet, dark herbs and spice. Medium-full bodied, aromas of ripe plum and black cherry melded with thyme, bay leaf and violet, unfolding liquorice, cinnamon and pepper, linger to a savoury, rich-flavoured closing. The fruit shows depth and concentration, with rich and broody herbaceous elements. Smooth, finely extracted tannins provide a light grip. This broody Pinot Noir possesses generous dark fruit, herb details and a savoury, sustained finish. Match with herb-crusted lamb and venison over the next 5 years. Fermented in small batch fermentation vessels to 13.6% alc. Aged in 900 Litre barrels. 18/20 pts (90 pts) Sep 2022 RRP $42