Barossa fine wine auction raises almost $300k for mental health

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Some of South Australia’s premium wines from the likes of Penfolds, Henschke, and Rockford have been sold at auction to raise $294,000 for mental health services.
Melissa Leong. Image: Supplied

The evening event, held at Crown Sydney, featured a range of Barossa’s wines, including offerings from the storied cellars of Penfolds, Henschke, and Rockford.

The auction, hosted by MasterChef judge Melissa Leong, celebrated some of the finest wines from Barossa and all proceeds from the sales were dedicated to the Barossa Australia Well-Being Fund.

Some 250 bidders went head to head for the 34 lots of rare bottles from the Barossa, with a bottle of Penfolds Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Imperial taking the top spot on the list for $40,120.

“They’re not commonly found, and they come direct from the wineries,” Tamara Grishy, LANGTONS’ Managing Director explained. “And of course, they last a long time.

As the auction played out, the growing demand for Barossan wines, both traditional and contemporary, was evident. Ned Goodwin, LANGTONS Master of Wine, noted that almost every lot sold for prices exceeding the reserve.

‘The thirst for Barossan wine, traditional and contemporary, manifests as buoyant sales well exceeding the reserve prices for almost every lot,” Goodwin said.

In conjunction with partners like Coravin, Vintec, Saltram Wines, Crown Sydney, and Riedel, LANGTONS successfully united wine collectors from around the world for this event.

Melissa summed up the sentiment of the event, saying, “A live wine auction for charity not only brings together people passionate about wines but also supports a worthy cause.”

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