State of bounty
THE rise to fame at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show of a $15 red wine from one of South Australia’s prized wine regions says a lot about how fortunate we are to be surrounded by such a bounty of fine regional produce.
You might expect the winner of the Max Schubert Trophy for the Most Outstanding Red Wine of the show to cost an arm and a leg, given the premium nature of many of the entries, but for such a bargain to come up trumps points to a culture where tradition, dedication and loyalty of growers and winemakers to their land, their vines and their end products means more sometimes than the almighty dollar gouged from continual premiumisation.
The judges at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show are to be praised for their objectivity in rewarding across their spread of trophies bargains as well as luxury wines.
The ever expanding wine show system in Australia may have come under scrutiny in recent years, but our traditional regional and capital city shows under the auspices of the Royal Agricultural Societies are the heart and soul of our rural industries that must be preserved for the benefit of all.