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Sunday 18 June 2023

Special edition wine casks make an artistic point

First koalas, now bees.

Winesmiths, the bag-in-a-box wine range from the people at Yalumba, have collaborated with Australian artist Billie Justice Thomson, who has turned her focus to Australia’s native flora and the honey bee, with her illustrations printed on limited edition two-litre Winesmiths packs.

The packs are now rolling out into liquor stores, with the entire collection to be available from August to December. Part of the proceeds from sales of the shiraz and pinot grigio will be donated to the Wheen Bee Foundation charity to aid research.

Thomson is known for her nostalgic illustrations and paintings of iconic food and drinks.

The limited edition designs appear on the sauvignon blanc, semillon sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and dry rosé.

The shiraz is excellent - well worth keeping a box on hand - while the pinot grigio is fun and lively. I also enjoyed the semillon sauvignon blanc a lot. 

The artist says her inspiration was drawn from the the vineyard.

“It was such a great process, we looked at the native plants that grow in and around the vineyards,” she said.

“Bees and native plants play an important role in the biodiversity of vineyards and ultimately in the wine itself. I’ve always been attached to natives, they’re so uniquely Australian.

"They’re so rugged and often a little bit strange.”

Winesmiths’ senior brand manager Lisa Antoney says: “The Winesmiths Billie Justice Thomson edition shines a light on the sustainable environment required to make our wines, as well as the sustainability benefits our packaging delivers.

“Just like an artist, our vineyards require as much love and attention to drive a healthy eco-system, delivering beautiful natural flavour and yield. We don’t compromise on quality in any way.”

This is the second iteration of Winesmiths' limited edition casks, with the producer having previously worked with Mulga the Artist to raise money for koalas.

The Winesmiths x Billie Justice Thomson limited edition will have an RRP of $16.

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