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Friday 31 October 2014

Marlborough shaken by another quake

16th August, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand wine region of Marlborough at 2.31pm (AEST) today causing damage to several wineries.

Several Marlborough wineries were affected by the quake

Several Marlborough wineries were affected by the 6.6 magnitude quake

According to New Zealand news agency Fairfax Media, a tank was damaged at a Riverlands winery, causing 250,000 litres of wine to spill down the drain.

Meanwhile, a cellar and several tanks of wine had sustained “significant damage” at South Pacific Cellars winery.

“There are tanks everywhere. Several tanks have ruptured and there is some wine loss,” the winery’s manager, Graeme Paul, told Fairfax Media.

“It’s pretty dodgy in there. I’ve had to send staff home,” he added.

At Saint Clair Family Estate, a 300,000 tank holding 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ruptured.

Senior winemaker Hamish Clark managed to save most of the wine by pumping it into spare tanks, but he estimated the loss of wine would likely be in the “thousands of litres”.

Pernod Ricard’s Fabian Partigliani told the news agency that the company’s Marlborough winery, Brancott Estate, didn’t appear to have been damaged.

Last month, several wineries in Marlborough, including Yealands Estate and Kim Crawford were affected by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in the Awatere Valley.

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