‘Gut-wrenched, shocked and numb’

2011-07-22 09:05

Adelaide, Australia – An Australian wine maker said he was “numb” after a malfunctioning forklift destroyed more than AUS$1 million (R7.3 million) of his prized shiraz.

Some 462 cases of the 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz, which sells for AUS$185 a bottle, smashed to the ground as it was being loaded for export to the United States.

It cost winemaker Sparky Marquis one third of his yearly production.

“So how do I feel? Gut-wrenched, shocked, numb,” he told reporters.

“When they opened up the container they said it was like a murder scene,” he added. “There was red everywhere.

“But it smelled phenomenal.”

Brett McCarthur, of Kerry Logistics, said the company moves more than 20 000 containers a year and had never had such a malfunction before.

“It was very hard to make that call to Sparky,” he said.

The saving grace was that the wine was fully insured, with assessors already on the scene.

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