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Broadcasting legend John Hawkesby sells wine collection

Former broadcaster John Hawkesby began collecting wine in the 1980s. Photo / Peter Rees

Broadcasting legend John Hawkesby is selling his wine collection, which includes a range of French Bordeaux and Bordeaux bottles.

“I have tried all the wines that I am going to auction and I have loved them all, but my cardiologist says it is time to let them go,” says the former TV3 and TVNZ announcer and presenter of Upper half and It’s in the bag.

Hawkesby’s passion for wine began in the 1980s, “when I was traveling through Hawke’s Bay and went to Te Mata Estate for a tasting and tried a wine called Coleraine. “That is a wine that turned my head.”

Then “he fell in love with French burgundy and burgundy and started collecting seriously.”

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I wanted to understand each region as much as possible and invest in bottles from lesser-known wineries.

“As for Burgundy, I looked for good producers who had a good reputation and whose main goal was consistency. I tended to buy more in the “exceptional vintages” than in the “fair vintages.”

“As for Bordeaux, I especially like the wines from Saint-Émilion. These were wines that were reasonably affordable, not necessarily cheap, but could have been second, third or even fourth growth and really flew under the radar and, in a blind tasting, could give Haut-Brion or Mouton Rothschild a run for their money. for your money.”

A selection from the John Hawkesby collection.
A selection from the John Hawkesby collection.

Most of his wines came from fine wine merchants “and went straight to my temperature-controlled cellar on Waiheke Island, where they have been resting in a dark place, at the right temperature for more than a couple of decades.”

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As well as having an impressive broadcast CV, Hawkesby has been a wine critic and judge.

The auction at Webb’s next week features highlights including a wide selection of vintages from leading Burgundy producer Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils, including a bottle of Chambertin Clos deBeze Grand Cru 2005, Côte de Nuits, expected to fetch up to $ 6000.

Elsewhere in the auction catalog is a rare bottle of Ardbeg 1975, The Awakening, a 38-year-old single malt Scotch whiskey estimated to be worth between $45,000 and $50,000. A barrel of this whiskey was sold two years ago for what is believed to be a world record sum of £16 million (NZ$31 million at the time).

  • The auction will take place at Webb’s Auction House in Auckland next Wednesday, May 29, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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