“I wouldn’t be buying it at $200 a bottle, I would be buying it at $42 a bottle,” James told The Wine Wankers when we spoke to him on the day of the announcement. James went on to say that owners Tom and Nadege Carson have resisted increasing the price upon winning the award. They will not price gouge – they will still sell the wine at $42. Except they have zero supplies left to sell. Now that some have escaped on to the auction market, crazy prices are ensuing.
Winemaker Tom Carson, who is also behind the esteemed label Yabby Lake, explains how crazy things got after he won the award. “To explain the sheer size of what’s happened to us, straight after the release of James Halliday’s Wine Companion, we have received more than 4000 emails, a few hundreds faxes before lunch time Wednesday 29th and non-stop phone calls the week that followed.”
Why so expensive? It’s because only 200 dozen bottles were made. And considering a lot was drunk at the official awards dinner, even less now sits within the hands of the buying public.
The crazy price occurred at one of the first auctions where the wine has been offered for sale. The Waste Not Want Not gala dinner was raising funds for SecondBite’s game-changing food rescue program.
Whether you pay $42 or $2000 is irrelevant, the reason why you will pay through the nose is because this wine is bloody rare. Good luck finding a bottle – and if you do, invite me over for a glass!