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Sin of the Mermaid Rose


Made by the guys at Pirate Cru Wines-Jennifer and Dirk, the team that also brings you: Dante Gabriel, William Hunt, John Millais, and the Ford Maddox Brown Slurpy Puppy.

The label designed by Maleny’s own Thomas Hamlyn-Harris, of TThink Designs.

I’ll let him talk about the concept and design of a wine label.

“Andrew from Purple Palate introduced me to Jennifer from Pirate Cru at a wine tasting. It was not long before Jennifer, Dirk and I were sitting down over a few wines discussing pirate mythology, 18th century paintings and old vines in the Barossa Valley – just your regular Friday afternoon. With the title ‘Sin of the Mermaid’ and a rough idea of style, I began sketching ideas for the wine label. I wanted the illustration to tell a story rather than just be a decorative element so I tried to answer the question of what particular sin could a mermaid be guilty of. I began sketching a deep sea diver trapped in a mermaid’s loving (and fatal) embrace and sent through the idea to Pirate Cru. They loved the idea and we decided that the mermaid’s sin was blind passion. ”

With Grenache sourced from Barossa vines creating a  light ruby rose(much deeper than most roses) coloured wine, with lots of dried red currant, balanced to a softer acidity, giving an upfront intense notes but then finishing with round drying finish. Great with chilli prawns, or spicy Asian food.

Now at Purple Palate..$19.99.




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