In partnership with iconic Hunter Valley winery Bimbadgen, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is excited to announce the release of both a red and white that will form the Bimbadgen MCA Wine Series XV – a 2014 Tempranillo from the Central Ranges Region in NSW and a 2015 Riesling from Orange.
This latest series release marks the fifteenth year in a row that Bimbadgen has partnered with the MCA to combine art and wine in uniquely labelled bottles, creating two limited-edition blends with labels by Australian artists from the MCA Collection.
Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, noted that: “The MCA and Bimbadgen have combined some brilliant artists and wine over the years, including the likes of Fiona Foley, Rosalie Gascoigne and John Wolseley. This year, the two featured MCA Collection artists are Laith McGregor and Aleks Danko – it is fantastic to have artists of their calibre working with us on this project.”
Bimbadgen Senior winemaker Rauri Donkin added that “Bimbadgen wines represent creativity, uniqueness and the desire to look beyond tradition. These values, shared by the MCA, have formed the basis of a unique and longstanding partnership, from which these specially labelled wines are born.”
Gracing the label of a 2014 Tempranillo is an artwork by Aleks Danko calledincident – Ambivalence (1991–92), which featured in the recent MCA exhibition Aleks Danko: MY FELLOW AUS-TRA-ALIENS (30 July – 18 October 2015).
The grapes for this Tempranillo were grown and harvested from the Central Ranges Region in NSW. Typically from Spain, this Tempranillo has lifted, red fruit aromatics with vanillin oak spice. The palate is full and robust, built with dark blackberries encased in a charred oak lining and held together with ﬁrm tannins. It’s a bold wine that is suited to drinking now, or has the ability to develop into something special.
An artwork by Laith McGregor, The European (2009), is showcased on the label of an aromatic 2015 Riesling, harvested from the NSW cool climate region of Orange. This delicate drawing was made in 2009 during a three-month residency at the Centre Intermondes in the port city of La Rochelle, on the French Atlantic Coast, and takes its inspiration from the rich history of the town, with its seafaring legends, sea shanties and medieval traffic during the Crusades.
This Riesling displays lifted aromas of mandarin peel and grapefruit. The grapefruit sweetness is carried onto the palate and balanced by a taught refreshing line of lime acidity. This wine, which is lively and zesty when consumed young, will mature and develop its ﬂavours even further if aged.
Rauri Donkin concluded: “These wines are a fantastic opportunity for me to be creative in my own way, and explore new varietals and winemaking techniques.”
The Bimbadgen MCA Series XV Wines can be purchased via the Bimbadgen Cellar Door, located at 790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin; or online via http://www.bimbadgen.com.au/online_store.php. It is also available by the glass at the MCA Cafe on Level 4, and Graze MCA on Ground Level.