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It has become an annual tradition at Faith Lutheran College to celebrate the new vintage launch with a dinner and presentation to thank and acknowledge generous supporters of the Mengler View Wine Program.

On Friday 15th November, over 100 special guests gathered in the Barossa Arts & Convention Centre to share a tailored menu and the first taste of the 2019 released wines.

The 2019 wine releases were crafted by Year 10 Agriculture students during Term 1. Guided by Winemaker Bob Mitchell and his team of staff, including Marianne Nelson, Jason Stewart and Craig Moore, 12 tonnes of generously donated grapes were crushed during vintage and used to make a fruit-driven Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend, a Rosé style wine made from Alicante Bouschet  and a non-vintage Sparkling Shiraz bottled in 200ml piccolos.  The 2019 wine release also included a 2018 Shiraz, bottled after spending 16 months maturing in oak at the College’s onsite winery.

Visual Arts and Design student Ella was acknowledged for her winning label design which was selected from 20 final entries.

Senior Hospitality students worked diligently for several weeks prior to the event to design, trial, prepare and present a restaurant-quality menu for the occasion. Menu highlights included carmelised onion tartlets, falafels and cranberry, pistachio and goats cheese palmiers served as roaming canapes. The main dish was chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto with a pesto filling, followed by spiced poached pears for dessert.

The evening also provided the opportunity to acknowledge the students involved in creating the latest Mengler View Wine release. In particular Year 10 student, Caleb was acknowledged and awarded the Kalleske Wines ‘Excellence Award – Wine Studies’.

Mengler View wines are available for purchase from Faith Lutheran College’s main reception with tastings available by appointment.