Wine destroyed in forklift accident
Published 22/07/2011 | 09:59
Fine Australian wine worth more than one million dollars has been destroyed in a forklift accident as a container was dropped, smashing most of the bottles inside.
The winemaker said he is "gut-wrenched, shocked and numb" after the loss of his flagship shiraz.
Sparky Marquis, of Mollydooker Wines, lost a third of his Velvet Glove Shiraz production after the accident that destroyed all but one of the 462 cases bound for the United States.
Mr Marquis said that when workers opened up the dropped container "it was like a murder scene", adding: "There was red everywhere."
He said the wine was fully insured.
The accident has crippled Mollydooker's US launch in September. It will also impact upon the wine market in Australia.