FINANCIAL crises around the world didn't deter wine lovers from indulging in their favourite drop this year.
Wickman's Fine Wine Auctions today released the annual list of top 25 Australian wines sold through Australian wine auctions by volume this year.
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This year fine wine drinkers spent more than $17.5 million through Australia's five specialist fine wine auction houses.
This is compared to the US where $80.3 million was traded through a single auction house, Acker Merrall.
The wine auction market in Asia continued to drop, but Australia and Australian secondary market wines remained relatively steady with only minor gains and falls in average trading prices.
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, 1998 vintage, came in at No. 1, with sales up 3.9 per cent from last year.
The winery took out 10 of the 25 wines on the list, with three in the top five alone.
Barossa Valley winemaker Rockford was the next most popular, with four wines on the list.
Its Basket Press Shiraz, 2009 vintage, ranked fourth.
D'Arenberg Wines ranked second on the list with its The Dead Arm Shiraz, 2002 - though sales were down 2.5 per cent from last year.
Wickman's said about 95 per cent of Australian wine traded through primary retail channels and only a very small amount moved through specialist wine auction houses.