There’s no need to cry over spilled milk. Spilled wine, on the other hand, deserves a few shed tears. Of course, when the amount of wine spilled reaches epic proportions – as with the accident that occurred in Australia this week – one can hardly be blamed for a severe emotional reaction.
5,544 bottles of 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove shiraz wine came crashing down to earth from a malfunctioning forklift at a wharf in Australia’s Port Adelaide this week, according to CNN. Of the 462 cases involved, only one is reported as surviving intact. This Mollydooker shiraz was no Two-Buck Chuck, either – the bottles were valued at $185 each, and accounts for a third of the winery’s yearly output. According to local paper Adelaide Now, the 20 foot drop was so forceful that the wine bottles punched through the top of the cartons the wine came packed in.
"We just couldn't believe it," Mollydooker winemaker Sparky Marquis told Adelaide Now about the accident. "As you can imagine, this wine is our pride and joy. To see it accidentally destroyed, and not consumed, has left us all a bit numb.”
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Meanwhile, Brett McCarthur of Kerry Logistics – the company whose faulty forklift was to blame for the major snafu – expressed regret and apologies to the winery.
“It was very hard to make that call to Sparky," said McCarthur. "We move hundreds of pallets a day filled with sand and even stuff that it wouldn't matter if you dropped it from 50 feet in the air, but the only premium container had to be the one." As it stands, Marquis is working with insurers to cover the grave loss, and is checking the damaged cases by hand in a search for any and all survivors.