Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 024
There are several points connected with vines and wines upon which I should feel much obliged if you could enlighten me.
1st as to the Sweet Water Vine we have in this Colony a collection of Spanish Grapes imported direct from Xeres [Jerez] & forwarded by Mr Cormack, mentioned by Busby as manager of the Machar Nudo Vinyard [Macharnudo]. these vines are
Pedro Ximenes [Jimenez]
Moscatel Menudo blanco
Mantuo Castillano [Mantuo Castellano]
Moscatel Gordo blanco
[Above 5 lines bracketed together with the note:] Corresponding in name with those imported by Busby in his Spanish collection.
A large colored grape, name lost.
Bailey of Hackney Nursery, Adelaide, has most of these in bearing and he says that the Palomino blanco is precisley the same Vine, grape, [&c?], as the Sweet Water – Bailey also says that when in England last year he found that our Sweet Water was not the common Sweet Water, but some improved variety the name of which he forgets – other cultivators who have both Palomino & Sweetwater in