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article imageForklift accident destroys $1m of Shiraz wine

By Kev Hedges     Jul 23, 2011 in Business
A South Australian wine maker was in shock this week when a container carrying over $1-million of Shiraz toppled from a forklift truck. The carnage that greeted the owners has been described as a "murder scene".
The 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz will set you back around $200 (£122) a bottle. The container was being loaded by Kerry Logistics, which moves over 20,000 containers a year, held 462 cases of the fine wine. Spokesman Brett McCarthur said it was the first time an accident like this had occurred. The container was being loaded for export to the United States.
When wine maker Sparky Marquis arrived to assess the damage he said, "it was like a murder scene, but it smelled phenomenal", he added, "It's a massive loss. We're going through all of the 462 cases at the moment just to see what we can save out of it."
Fortunately for Mr Marquis the wine was fully insured, reports BBC Pacific. Mr Marquis, from McLaren Vale in South Australia told the Brisbane Times he felt, "gut-wrenched, shocked and numb" having lost a third of all his stock. In fact so many bottles were damaged that availability of the premium bottles in Australia will be affected.
Mr Marquis said he was relieved that nobody was injured and added, "but then you come out the other side and think, well, no one got hurt. It's wine and a fairly big loss, but luckily we're insured."
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