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Australian Fortified Wine

March 6, 2013
Question by: Kylie, Mobile

Q:

Hi, we have a set of Cricket Centenary vintage port from Rhine Castle Cellar Wines.  They are in timber box sets made in 1974, never been opened, they are the complete set of 7.  Would love to hear what they might be valued. Thanks

A:

Hi Kylie,   Just as sparkling wine made outside of Champagne, France, is not strictly "Champagne" so fortified wines made outside of the Douro region of Portugal are not strictly "Ports."   As makers of true Port here in Portugal, and not active in the secondary market for Port or any other wines, Symington Family Estates are not the best placed to help you on this query. 

We do know that Rhine Castle Wines was an Australian merchant's label in the mid 20th century - in other words, they bought in wines which were sold under their name.  Fortified wines seem to be a favourite means of celebrating sporting events in Australia, like these bottles which mark the 100th anniversary of Australian Cricket (1880-1980).

We would suggest you contact a specialist wine merchant or auction house in your area who could advise you on the secondary market for these fortified wines.  Be aware that you will have to satisfy any broker or potential buyer that the bottles have been well stored and likely to be in good, drinkable condition.

 



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