Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wine Ready To Be Poured

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wine Ready To Be Poured

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Pours A Glass Of Its Own 2 Limited Edition Wines

Victor P Taffa

2 limited edition wines made from grapes harvested from the vineyard straddling Adelaide Botanic Garden and the National Wine Centre are ready to be poured.

Adelaide Botanic Garden 2017 Field Blend Rosé and Dry White are the results of a unique collaboration between the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, the National Wine Centre and Jacob’s Creek Winemakers, which began in 2016.

“Importance of premium wine to South Australia’s economy is well known, and this Botanic Gardens product is also woven into the state’s cultural fabric, with South Australia having some of the oldest grape vines in the world.” Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said.

“To carry out the ancient tradition of transforming grapes into wine in the heart of the city in partnership with 2 of South Australia’s most esteemed institutions is a real treat, and I look forward to sampling a glass.”

It’s believed this partnership may have resulted in the world’s first wine produced solely from grapes grown within a botanic garden.

“We received great feedback from the release of the 2016 Field Blend wines and both locals and tourists alike were keen to try a wine produced from grapes grown a city vineyard. Now we’re excited to see what visitors think of the second vintage.” National Wine Centre General Manager Adrian Emeny said.

Adorning the wine bottles’ labels is the Victoria amazonica (Amazon Waterlily) arguably Adelaide Botanic Garden’s most iconic resident.

“Result for this year’s vintage is a delightful white wine that is crisp and vibrant with delicious blackcurrant and citrus aromas with hints of melon and stone fruit.” Jacob’s Creek Winemaker for White and Sparkling, Trina Smith said.

“Rosé is delicately floral on the nose with fresh strawberries and cream fruit and a savoury finish.”

This ‘jewel of the Amazon’ which was displayed to the South Australian public for the first time in 1868 only flowers for a limited time, changing colour from white to rose pink over 48 hours.

“We’re proud to be entering into the second year of our collaboration with the Botanic Gardens.” Jacob’s Creek Chief Winemaker Ben Bryant said.

“Cooler growing season has benefitted both the white and rosé wines made from this vintage, with wines showing fantastic flavour and freshness.”

Background

A limited run of 1,266 bottles (733 of the Rosé and 533 of the Dry White) has been produced, with the wine available for purchase at the National Wine Centre and by the glass at Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Café Fibonacci.

The partnership will produce a third exclusive vintage from the vineyard in 2018. The project is the Botanic Gardens second foray into producing a beverage from plants after Botanic Ale was produced from barley grown at Adelaide Botanic Garden’s City Crop in 2014.