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Niche Wine Co. — Somm by Frost, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Wine label with blind emboss detail by Sydney-based Frost for Niche Wine Co.'s limited edition release Somm, an Australian Shiraz

Somm is a limited edition Australian Shiraz from Niche Wine Co., a winery that embraces an innovative dry farming process that yields fewer yet higher quality grapes with an intensity of flavour and colour. With a desire to convey an established, old vineyard feel, and a sense of heritage and sophistication, Niche Wine Co. worked with Sydney-based design studio Frost to develop name and packaging.

Inspired by the sommelier, a trusted and knowledgeable figure in the world of wine, Frost developed an idea based around the sommelier’s notebook, literally translating the spontaneity, insight and personable qualities of this directly onto label and tissue paper, then packaging bottle into bespoke wooden box.

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Vi Novell 2016 by Atipus, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Labels by Barcelona-based design studio Atipus for Vi Novell 2016, a young wine from producer Celler Masroig

Vi Novell 2016 is a young wine from Catalonia with an intense ruby colour and a fresh and fruity flavour profile. It is the seventh in an ongoing series, and is dedicated to the party; the open-air dance, the joy and celebration of the beginning of the season, the first sip of wine, shared with friends, and the continued enjoyment of a long tradition yet in tune with modern times. Wine producer Celler Masroig worked with Barcelona-based graphic design studio Atipus to capture this moment and spirit with a striking label design, followed up online with a site that blends dynamic pattern and story.

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Penley Estate by Parallax Design, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New brand identity and packaging by Parallax Design for family run and award winning winery Penley Estate, Australia

Penley Estate is a family run winery established in 1989 by Kym Tolley and located in the wine growing area of Coonawarra, Australia. It produces wines that are described as having discernible regional character and are made from fruit grown in Terra Rossa soil; a red clay type created by the weathering of limestone. Penley Estate, since its inception, has produced a number of award-winning wines, and is recognised as the region’s leading producer of premium wines.

The winery worked with Parallax Design; a studio that, prior to this project, had spent time looking at the problems faced by wine producers of the Cabernet regions, to develop a new visual identity that would, not only express a change at Penley Estate, but also give Coonawarra Cabernet a more contemporary quality. This runs across new wine labels, website and livery.

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