[4 August/ Stuff]

Southern Boundary Wines Ltd face 156 charges in a case alleging their wine carried false information about its variety, vintage or origin. The case, brought forward by the Ministry for Primary Industries, was the first time charges had been laid under New Zealand’s Wine Act. MPI also claimed the defendants destroyed or concealed winemaking records. Southern Boundary and Vineyard Manager and Winemaker Scott Berry, Winemaker Rebecca Cope and Operations and Export Manager Andrew Moore face 156 charges between them. The charges relate to sauvignon blanc and pinot noir from Waipara and Marlborough made between 2011 and 2013. None of the product in question is sold in New Zealand. The quantity affected by the allegations was believed to be only a small fraction of the harvest over 2011 to 2013.