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Sunday, August 14, 2011

A $1 Million Australian Syrah

In a blink of an eye, 462 cases of one of Australia’s most coveted Shiraz (aka Syrah) were destroyed by a freak forklift accident.  The loss, valued at > $1M, represented over 30% of the coveted Velvet Glove Shiraz produced by Mollydooker winery in 2010.  For oenophiles, this is tantamount to an art-lover watching a Renoir go up in flames. 

The Velvet Glove Shiraz, which has previously been given a phenomenal score of 99 out of 100 points by Robert Parker, sells for $200 bottle, although prices will most likely soar due to the accident.  Mollydooker has won numerous prestigious international awards, in addition to Australia’s Winemaker of the Year. This winery will be one of the stops on Wine-Knows' 2012 Harvest Tour to Australia (http://www.wineknowstravel.com/).

Listen to the winemaker’s description of the accident on this short video: http://www.winefoot.com/2011/08/sparky-marquis-talks-about-the-velvet-glove-accident

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