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Beautiful Bottles: When Fashion, Style And Wine Combine

Romance Was Born and rose is a match made in heaven. Handpicked Wines take delicate grenache-driven vino and dress it up in a gorgeous gold-tinted bottle. Plenty of other labels are following suit, too.

They say to never judge a book by its cover; but when it comes to wine, first impressions count. An impressive looking bottle on the shelf arouses more intrigue than a skim read of the blurb on the back; and in a sea of hundreds of other wine bottles, it pays to stand out.

Bottles that stand out by seamlessly combine art, fashion and design are great conversation starters, making them the perfect drop to bring to the table at your next festive gathering. Even if you know more about hops than grapes, or peat than oak, picking up one of these pretty bottles is sure to impress the host at your next social event.

Romantic Rose

Bursting with colourful florals, the label of Handpicked Wines’ rosé perfectly encapsulates the fun, flirtatious nature of the varietal. A collaborative effort between designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born, and artist Del Kathryn Barton, the artwork was inspired by the latest collection from Romance Was Born, Electric Orchid, and the unique style of a rosé.

An apt choice to bring along to any summer celebration, this bottle not only looks the part, it holds a memorable drop too. The pinot noir juice and Marsanne skins used in the blend make for a textural wine, full of body and depth. It is perfect for sipping on its own in the sunshine, or paired with a seafood meal.

Handpicked x Romance Was Born Rosé 2017, Yarra Valley VIC, $28.99

Gift wrapped pinot gris

The humble brown paper bag pales in comparison to the aesthetically pleasing bagged bottles from Crafter’s Union. More than just a pretty label, these beautifully wrapped, undeniably festive bottles do away with the need for gift bags (they even come with gift tags attached). A conversation starter in themselves, they make an impressive addition to any dinner party table or celebration.

With an aroma of nectarine, and a palate of fresh melon and apple, this new-age pinot gris is a well-balanced, crisp white. Its voluptuous texture and rounded finish is best paired with seafood, or enjoyed on its own.

The Crafter’s Union range also includes a chardonnay, red blend, rosé, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, each coming with its own gorgeous wrap.

Crafter’s Union Pinot Gris 2016, Hawkes Bay NZ, $16.99

Cartoon Chardonnay

Brought to life by the design team at Vinomofo, these on trend, millennial pink Mimi Flamingo labels are sure to please the graphic designers and Wes Anderson fans of the world. Centered around the character of Mimi the Flamingo, there are 6 assorted labels in the series, each telling a different story about her adventures. They are fun but classy, big but subtle, funny but clever bottles – the ideal choice for summer pool or beachside gathering.

This second vintage of Oakridge chardonnay is best paired with chicken, fish and seafood. It is a medium-bodied, textural white, with a nutty and creamy palate. Grab a bottle and take it along for some oysters with friends, or pack it in a basket for a picnic in the sun.

Mimi Flamingo Chardonnay in collaboration with Oakridge, 2016, Yarra Valley VIC, $30.00

Pink and proud

Who knew that mundane Australiana – like the singlet and short tan, and a swarm of seagulls – could ever look so chic? Designed by artist Eero Lampinen, the Pink Pound Rosé label is flamboyant, artistic, quintessentially Australian and ever so summery.

Made from pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and gewürztraminer grapes, this natural rosé is dry and textural, with a palette of tangerine, red berries and a light musk. Being a natural, unfiltered rosé it is quite unique, and heavy, cloudy sediment is normal. It’s uniqueness in both product and label means that there are many a talking point about the Pink Pound rosé; making it a great bottle to take along to an intimate backyard barbecue or dinner party.

Patrick Sullivan Pink Pound Rosé, 2016, Gippsland NSW, $29.00 

Beautiful brut

If you are after opulence, then you can’t go past the show-stopping, copper cast Beau Joie Special Cuvee Brut. It is the ultimate celebratory bottle of bubbles, more than worthy of a spot at the centre of the table. Made from 100% recycled materials, the bottle and casting are an intricate masterpiece, reminiscent of a knights armour and the distinctive French copper roofing.

The perfect complement to pretty floral table arrangements and copper cutlery, the Beau Joie Special Cuvee Brut lends itself to being at the centre of a high tea table, hen’s day or baby shower. Made from 60% pinot and 40% chardonnay grapes, this champagne is made extra brut style. It is a firm bodied and structured drop, starting off more floral and yeasty on the nose, before opening up to a crisp apple and citrus aroma.

Beau Joie Special Cuvee Brut, France, $149.00

Published 23 November, 2017