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Important Information

Where the vendor is registered, a Goods& Services Tax (GST) of 10% will be included in the hammerfall of items sold. All other lots do not include GST in the hammerfall. For all items, GST will be included in the Buyers Premium. Items for which GST applies to the hammerfall will be identified in the catalogue with the symbol*
Ullage or wine level
Is the term used to describe the fill level of wine in a bottle and a way of assessing the condition of a wine. The loss of wine from a bottle because of leakage or evaporation is a natural occurrence in wine and occurs over time.

If no fill level is indicated, it means that the bottle is base of neck or better. Sterling Wine Auctions does not generally differentiate between levels that are in the neck as that difference can be due to variations in fills at the time of bottling. We consider anything that is in the neck to be perfect fill level for any bottle of any age.

Sterling Freight insurance only covers Breakage and Loss NOT leaking caused by ullage / low level and compromised closure - The greater the ullage / lower the wine level, the higher the possibility of leakage from the compromised closure during freight or cellaring

Bordeaux style bottle

The following definitions apply to Bordeaux style bottles.

Into Neck
Reasonable level for wine between 15 and 20 years old. This most difficult grading applies to levels in the transition between the vertical parallel sides of the neck and the broadening of the shoulders. There is a large variation in Bordeaux style bottle shapes. This grade will be conservatively applied to levels one or two millimetres above the transition. Any level greater than 3mm above the transition will be graded as original fill requiring no notes on levels

Very High Shoulder
A good level in any wine 20 years or older.
High Shoulder
A normal level for any wine 25 years or older. The Penfolds Red Wine Clinics and the Henschke Quality Assurance Program classifies as being in good condition a high percentage of wine with this level of ullage.
Indicates some weakening of the cork and therefore some risk. This is not unusual in wines over 50 years old and estimates will take this into account. Bottles of wine from more important, older vintages can be attractive as curios in a collector's cellar. If you are not in this market, it is better to avoid these wines.
Low-Mid Shoulder
Indicates high risk and will attract low estimates.
Low Shoulder
Indicates a much higher risk.

Burgundy-style bottle & Riesling-style bottle

The definitions below apply to Burgundy, Rhone, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and wines in similar bottles. Burgundy and Riesling-style bottles cannot be measured in the same manner as Bordeaux-style bottles because of the slope of the bottle's shoulder. As a result, fill levels for Burgundy and Riesling bottles are measured in centimetres by looking at the space betweenthe cork and the wine.

2cm or less Considered excellent fill for any age and a fill level does not need to be mentioned.
3cm Is a perfectly normal fill for wines aged 15 years or older. It is an excellent level for wines aged 25 years or older.
4cm Considered normal fill for wines aged 20 years or older and excellent for wine aged 35 years or older. However, it would be cause for concern in wines aged 15 years or younger.
5cm Not uncommon in older wines of 30 years or older. Some risk is involved at this level.
6cm Poor fill level for any wine, unless the wine is extremely rare.

For example an ullage of 5-7cm in a 40-year-old Burgundy could be considered normal or, indeed, good for age.  A nullage of 3-4 cm could be excellent for age.

Bottle descriptions

Half Bottle Equal to half a 'regular' bottle 375 ml
BottleA 'regular' bottle 750 ml
Magnum equal to 2 bottles 1,500 ml
Marie-Jeanne (Bordeaux) equal to 3 bottles 2,250 ml
Tregnum (Bordeaux) equal to 3 bottles 2,250 ml
Double Magnum equal to 4 bottles 3,000 ml
Jeroboam (Sparkling/Burgundy) equal to 4 bottles 3,000 ml
Jeroboam (Bordeaux) equal to 6 bottles 4,500 ml
Rehoboam (Sparkling/Burgundy) equal to 6 bottles 4,500 ml
Imperial (Bordeaux) equal to 8 bottles 6,000 ml
Methuselah (Sparkling/Burgundy) equal to 8 bottles 6,000 ml
Salmanazar (Sparkling/Burgundy) equal to 12 bottles 9,000 ml
Balthazar (Sparkling/Burgundy) equal to 16 bottles 12,000 ml
Double Imperial (Bordeaux) equal to 16 bottles 12,000 ml
Nebuchadnezzar (Sparkling/Burgundy) equal to 20 bottles 16,000 ml

Cellar-damaged label Cellar damaged label is used in the catalogue to define labels soiled by dust and dirt, or marked byracking wires, humidity or water. The condition of a wine's label is taken into consideration in determining value. Sterling Wine Auctions makes every effort to describe in detail the conditions of labels.

Damaged capsule
The capsule in place is torn or damaged in some way.

Henschke Quality Assurance Program
This is an in-house re-corking program for old bottles of Henschke red wines still owned by C. A.Henschke Co. The program is similar in concept to the Penfolds re-corking program.

Jimmy Watson Trophy
The wine was awarded the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Melbourne Wine Show.

Missing capsule
There is no capsule in place. Wines without an original capsule will generally not be sold.

Penfolds Red Wine Clinic
Penfolds red wines that are 15 years and older may be assessed, topped up, re-corked and re-capsuled at bi-annual wine clinics held in state capitals. Bottles in acceptable condition are given back labels signed by a Penfolds winemaker certifying that the wine has been topped up and re-corked under proper supervision. Sterling Wine Auctions will not sell any wine that has failed to meet Clinic standards.

Provenance & storage conditions
The provenance of a wine sets out the history of the bottle and a description of the condition of the wine. Sterling Wine Auctions makes every effort to determine the provenance of each wine entered into our auctions. If you require more information about a particular lot, please contact us. It is usually the case that storing wine in a warmer climate increases the risk of damage.

Signed by winemaker
This indicates the label has been signed by the winemaker - for example Max Schubert (Penfolds Grange).

Stelvin capsule
A Stelvin capsule is a screw cap alternative closure to cork. A screw cap is an old closure that is enjoying a comeback. Its special feature is a compressible disc inside the top of the capsule that provides an air tight seal when the capsule is 'rolled-on' during the bottling process.

Wax capsule
The original capsule is wax, not metal or plastic. Wax capsules are quite common on larger format bottles.

Bidding per bottle
Please note all lots are being offered on a Per Bottle Basis. Some boxed sets are offered as a single item. On the rare occasion this occurs the price estimate reflects this fact.

Price Estimates
Every catalogued lot carries a price estimate range. This range aims to accurately "estimate" the value of a lot. The estimate does not reflect the reserve price. Many estimated lots are unreserved.

Buyers Premium
buyers premiumof 15% (GST Incl) applies to all lots sold in this sale.

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All stock must be paid for within 7 days of auction close.

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Champagne Warning
Vintage Champagne Beware ! The agony and the ecstasy. All old champagne is unreliable, no matter how well it has been cellared. Gas can leak reducing or removing the bubbles. Old champagne develops some flavour characters quite different from the newly released product. Buying any champagne from auction is a risk, but the rewards can be remarkable. To avoid disappointment keep the bidding within safe limits. You may throw it away or it may be the best wine of your life.