Look out American oenophiles. Roughly one million bottles of wine are about to be poured down the drain.
The Australian winemaker that crafts the popular Penfolds brand is dumping as much as $35 million AUS ($32 million) in wine in the United States.
Treasury Wine Estates says it's working to get rid of "excess, aged and deteriorating inventory" in the U.S. since it was unable to sell the wine as quickly as planned.
The wine being dumped won't be the company's finest vintages, but the cheaper labels that have a relatively short shelf life.
The wine was sitting in warehouses for months - possibly even years - spoiling as it awaited store shelves.
Read - $30 million of wine down the drain
The Australian Table Wines sketch From Monty Python
A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a
pity, as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palette,
but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.
"Black Stump Bordeaux" is rightly praised as a peppermint flavoured
Burgundy, whilst a good "Sydney Syrup" can rank with any of the world's
best sugary wines.
"Chateau Bleu", too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and
its lingering afterburn.
"Old Smokey, 1968" has been compared favourably to a Welsh claret,
whilst the Australian wino society thouroughly recommends a 1970 "Coq du
Rod Laver", which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: 8 bottles
of this, and you're really finished - at the opening of the Sydney
Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an
Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is "Perth Pink". This is a
bottle with a message in, and the message is BEWARE!. This is not a
wine for drinking - this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.
Another good fighting wine is "Melbourne Old-and-Yellow", which is
particularly heavy, and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.
Quite the reverse is true of "Chateau Chunder", which is an Appelachian
controle, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation - a fine wine
which really opens up the sluices at both ends.
Real emetic fans will also go for a "Hobart Muddy", and a prize winning
"Cuiver Reserve Chateau Bottled Nuit San Wagga Wagga", which has a
bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.
Looks like a scene from The Walking Dead
What a shame. Wasteful!
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