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St Hallett on board with Virgin Australia
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Virgin Australia and Barossa winery St Hallett have unveiled a wine specifically blended for consumption at high altitude. ‘The Duo’ will be served on board Virgin Australia flights in business class and can be sampled in Virgin Australia lounges.
Atmospheric pressure and drier air conditions on board flights are known to affect the taste of food and beverages, so Virgin Australia worked with St Hallett winemaker Shelley Cox to create a wine that delivers balanced acidity and texture when consumed in the air.
Cox said The Duo is a blend sourced from both the Barossa and Eden Valleys to achieve a perfect balance at altitude. While some airlines select wines based on their characteristics at altitude, it is believed this is the first blend actually created with these conditions in mind.
“The drier air in the cabin can make it hard to really capture a wine’s aroma. This is where the Eden Valley component comes in,” Cox said. “The higher altitude of the Eden Valley means cooler conditions and creates Shiraz with lovely overt floral aromas. You only need a small component to really lift a whole blend.
“We played around with a lot of different options to ensure the acid and texture balance was right. It was a great experience and we are confident the wine will deliver in both taste and aroma on the plane at altitude.”