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Wine auction set to raise $50,000 for cancer research

Australia’s most sought after wines, hand picked by a panel of leading wine experts, will go under the hammer at this Friday night’s (October 14) Deloitte and Finlaysons Great Australian Wine Adventure Charity Auction.

More than 300 guests will be vying for hundreds of super premium wines as well as a number of luxurious wine tourism packages including a five night Caribbean Cruise.

And while the black tie event at the Hyatt will attract some of Adelaide’s leading business people and wine industry personalities for a night of excitement and entertainment, the aim is to raise more than $50,000 for cancer research.

The charity auction is part of a week-long series of wine and tourism related events that will see more than $100,000 raised for the Queen Elizabeth Research Foundation’s efforts into finding a cure for prostate cancer.

According to event manager Denise Rowe, the wines that will be auctioned represent the very best the Australian industry has to offer.

“The generosity of the Australian wine industry has been phenomenal. We have asked them to donate their rare and interesting wines and they’ve given us well in excess of $100,000 in wine.”

“Certainly we’ll see some keen bidding because many of the wines we have on offer are from the best vintages and were produced in limited supply.”

One such example — sure to be one of the auction’s major highlights — is a bottle of the Penfolds Bin60A 1962 vintage. Regarded as one of the greatest Australian wine ever made, on the rare occasions it is offered at auction, it generally surpasses $3,000 for the bottle.

Also on offer will be the special Penfolds Bin60A from the 2004 vintage. Yet to be released, the successful bidder will receive an official certificate from Penfolds to collect their wine when it is released. While this style of wine purchase is rare in Australia, it is common in France for the purchase of wine from the best producers in Burgundy and Bordeaux.

Other rare and museum wine offerings will include: Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace, Rockford Basket Press, Yalumba Octavius, d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz, Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz and Mt Langi Ghiran Shiraz.

A panel of wine industry experts including Ian McKenzie, Max Allen, John Hanley and Peter Scudamore-Smith MW has selected all of the wines on offer. Auctioneer will be Langton’s director and Master of Wine Andrew Caillard MW.

Additional auction selections have been made by The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars who have chosen up and coming wines. Mark Bickley and Glenn Cooper have chipped in with their favourite dozens and even some state premiers have offered a dozen for auction.

Additional Great Australian Adventure Events will be held on Saturday 15 October. McLaren Vale winery Fox Creek will host ‘Winemaker for a Day’ where guests have the chance to blend their own wines under the guidance of Fox Creek winemaker Chris Dix. And in the Adelaide Hills, Longview Vineyards will be hosting Terrier Races. Guests will enjoy a long lunch, Longview wines and the spectacle of these speedy four-legged racers.



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