From Stuff.co.nz today:
A Hawke’s Bay winery has lost thousands of litres of premium quality merlot after vandals drained one of its tanks.
Staff arrived at Moana Park Winery in Puketapu, near Napier, on Saturday morning to find their largest tank of merlot had been forcibly opened and the contents left spilling out on the ground overnight.
Owner Dan Barker estimated around $165,000 in premium Hawke’s Bay merlot wine.
”It is gutting to have all our hard work just wasted like this. I mean we’ve invested 12 months of growing, harvesting and then winemaking – it’s a lot of blood sweat and tears to just literally pour down the drain,” Barker said.
2013 had been ”a stellar growing season, and we were looking forward to that merlot being a very nice example of this once-in-a-lifetime season.”
I really feel for the winemaker, vineyard staff and owner.