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The label painting is a miniature oil sketch of carp swimming in water with butterflies and dragonflies. In a way it is also an accidental image - a fragment of an idea. But I did really paint it – even though Bobby highlighted the eyes of the dragonflies. Hence the name Pinxit – “one painted” – often found as a suffix to a Painter’s signature during the middle ages – guaranteeing the painting's authenticity!
The label painting, inspired by the dragon and phoenix motifs, is of an Australian Bird of Paradise and a Goanna, set against rich red soils. 2013 Caillard Barossa Valley Shiraz captures the aesthetic of the Barossa landscape, our imagination and time.
This special release wine pays homage to Andrew's great grandfather Carew Reynell who perished at Galliopoli in 1915. He was a vigneron in South Australia. It depicts the Reynard fox passant - the crest of the Reynell family, looking towards the Sphinx and the Razors Edge at Gallipoli in Turkey In the starry sky is the Crescent Moon and morning star of Turkey juxtaposed with the Southern Cross of Australia reflected in the water below.
The King Parrot label painting, based on principals of oriental art, symbolise companionship, partnership and enduring love. Our Mataro project is built on trust, respect and kinsmanship. It is that generosity of spirit and willingness to go the extra mile that makes the Barossa Valley such a unique and beautiful place to make wine!
The Rainbow Lorikeet label, based on principals of oriental art, symbolises the harmony of nature and nurture. The long bottle green “plume” is similar to the “peacocks tail”; a tasting term that indicates a wine with textural length.
The Bird of Paradise label symbolises a Phoenix, inextricably linked to the dragon in traditional Chinese art. It denotes beauty, delicacy of feeling, and peace. The resplendent red “plume” is similar to the “peacocks tail”; a tasting term that indicates a wine with textural length.
Inspired by a 19th century wood-cut design by Uttagawa Hiroshige. The “peacock’s tail” is also a tasting term for a wine with textural length.
A painting inspired by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). The flowers are Australian Christmas bush, an indigenous flora that shows its beautiful red colours during Christmas time in our Southern Hemisphere summer.
A painting of our garden, inspired by oriental wood block images. The bush turkey is a notorious pest because it is so untidy and disrespectful of property. But they are characterful and ugly, yet so beautiful – an irony that is not lost on those who love Mataro.
Based on an original woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) who produced this image during the 1840s, the same time that Mataro, or Mourvedre became an important grape variety in Australia. The waratah, a native flower (on the bottom left) evokes New South Wales where the variety was first imported probably by James Busby in 1830s
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