Barossa producer, Grant Burge Wines, was on hand today to lend its support to the unveiling of a new memorial statue of British navigator Matthew Flinders at Australia House by HRH Prince William Duke of Cambridge. The reveal which came exactly 200 years after his death, celebrates Flinders as the first person to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent.
Guests, including His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer AC; Australian High Commissioner, Bill Muirhead AM and Agent General for South Australia and Professor Michael Barber, Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University (Adelaide), toasted the event with Grant Burge Sparkling Pinot Noir / Chardonnay NV. The night before the unveiling, 250 guests were also treated to a lecture detailing Matthew Flinders’ incredible pursuits. The talk was followed by a reception serving Grant Burge’s GB23 Chardonnay / Viognier 2013 and GB56 Shiraz 2013.
Created by leading portrait sculptor Mark Richards, the life-sized bronze tribute will be permanently displayed in Euston station, where Flinders’ remains are rumoured to be buried.
Fiona Mottershaw, Brand Manager at Hatch Mansfield (UK sole UK agent for Grant Burge) comments, ‘Matthew Flinders played a huge role in the story of Australia and Grant Burge, a fifth generation Barossa wine producer, is incredibly proud and honoured to be part of this historic moment.’
Grant Burge Wines was formed in 1988 by Grant and his wife Helen and is based in the heart of the Barossa Valley. With a reputation for producing high quality and characterful wines, Grant continues to be one of the most respected and renowned forces in the Australian wine industry.