The Haden cellar sale unearths the 1976 Ormond wine – the Gisborne Herald
Posted on June 11, 2021 at 1:09 p.m.
An online auction featuring some of New Zealand’s finest wines included Gisborne wine from 1976.
Webb’s auction house secured the 29-bottle wine “cellar” belonging to the late All Black Andy Haden. The collection, which sold for $ 11,000, was one of 1,000 lots to be auctioned.
The sale, which ended Monday, reached just over $ 300,000.
Among the Gisborne wines in the collection were four bottles of 1976 Ormond Estate Cabernet Pinotage, Gisborne, which sold for $ 42.30.
Roger McLernon was manager of Ormond Estate Winery in 1976 and remembers wine well.
“1976 was a very good year for quality rather than quantity,” he said.
“We started the initial processing at the winery based in Waihirere, then we processed the grape juice at the Montana facility in Gisborne.
Mr McLernon said the wine was aged in wood and then sent to Auckland for bottling. It turned out to be a hit across the country and sold well.
Winemaker James Millton said 1976 was a fantastic year for wine, but Mr McLernon said whoever bought the bottle should probably leave it as a souvenir and drink something else.
“It’s 40 years old.”
If the cork was porous, the wine would have oxidized, he said.
Four bottles of 2010 Vinoptima Ormond Grand Reserve Gewurztraminer, sold for $ 270.25, and two bottles of Matua Valley Late Harvest Muscat from 2002 and 2003, respectively $ 35.25 and $ 32.90, were also under the hammer.
Another interesting wine sold was a single bottle of Cabernet Huapai from Nobilo from 1978, specially labeled for the 1981 All Blacks tour of Romania and France. It brought in $ 822.50.
A POPULAR DROP: Ormond Estate 1976 pinotage cabernet was a popular blend of French and South African varietals that sold well in New Zealand after a great vintage. Photo provided