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Wednesday, 18 March, 1998, 11:02 GMT
Australian police investigate fake wine racket

Police in Australia are investigating a racket involving fake bottles of some of the country's most expensive wine.

The racket came to light after six bottles of the 1990 vintage of Penfold's Grange Hermitage wine were sent for auction.

The auctioneer realised the wine was counterfeit after spotting printing discrepancies on the labels.

The wine is very popular in the Asian market and would normally sell for about three-hundred-and-fifty US dollars a bottle.

The manufacturers say they're worried that thousands of counterfeit bottles of many wines may have been distributed.

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