Rochfort whisky snapped up as court saga continues

Bottled whisky from failed South Australian distiller Rochfort was auctioned this week but its liquidation is still being contested in court.

Liquidator Robert Naudi of insolvency firm Rodgers Reidy last year won a Supreme Court injunction preventing the auction of Rochfort Distillery’s assets, alleging they were wrongfully distrained by director Giuliano Ursini’s company, Distilleria Pty Ltd.

As litigation continues between the parties, auctioneer Mason Gray Strange (MGS) was this week permitted to go ahead with the auction of bottled whisky only.

MSG director Jamie Codling told Drinks Adventures the auction was strongly contested, with all 250 bottles sold for between $600 and $2000 each.

He said all barrelled stock, along with plant and equipment, remains subject to the court injunction.

The Supreme Court of SA has tabled an April 2022 hearing date for the original dispute over the liquidation.

Distilleria has to file its defence in the coming weeks.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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