22 Jul '11, 6am

Expensive drop as forklift shatters US$1.1m wine: ADELAIDE - AN AUSTRALIAN winemaker said on Friday he was 'num...

ADELAIDE - AN AUSTRALIAN winemaker said on Friday he was 'numb' after a malfunctioning forklift destroyed more than A$1 million (S$1.3 million) of his prized shiraz. Some 462 cases of the 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz, which sells for A$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 annual 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...

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