Build up to Nederburg Auction 2011

July 11th, 2011 by karen

Rare SA wines

Anthony Barne MW_Bonhams

Cream of SA’s wines to be sold at 37th Nederburg Auction

“Exclusivity”, “prestige” and “ultimate indulgence” are just some of the expressions that come to mind when a selection of more than 160 of South Africa’s finest wines come together with the sole purpose of going under the hammer at this year’s annual Nederburg Auction at Nederburg in Paarl on September 16 and 17.

Incredibly, the majority of SA’s 18 official wine routes will be represented when Anthony Barne MW, the London-based auctioneer from Bonhams, sells off a collection of the country’s most prized liquid assets to local and international wine buyers, including supermarket retailers, liquor licensees, restaurant owners, food and beverage buyers for hotels, guesthouses and game lodges.
Anthony, who takes up the hammer for the second consecutive year, recently tasted the 2011 auction selection line-up and offered these comments: “Once again I was most impressed, by both the reds and the whites to be offered – the quality of fruit in the wines is of a very high order and from there it comes down to individual wine-making styles.  Some of these – the Cabernets and Bordeaux blends in particular – reflect the philosophy of the early 1990’s when rich tannins, deep colours and oak flavours were the order of the day with Saint Emilion wines from Bordeaux leading the charge.
The Pinotages were a very enjoyable experience and absolutely vindicated the policy decision to make this variety a South African speciality, rather than marginalising it. Chenin blanc, the other variety closely associated with South Africa, was represented by only a few wines, but there were some real peaches amongst them, while the Sauvignon blancs, in their various styles, were a source of unending pleasure.  I seem to remember commenting last year on how much harder it was to sell whites than reds at the auction and I hope that anyone tasting this year’s showing will be waving their paddles vigorously.”

Referring to the sweeter wines, Anthony says; “Muskadels are an idosyncratic style,  one that I am learning to appreciate, although there are similarities with one of my favourite wines, aged tawny ports.  Vintage ports and sweet wines, on the other hand, are always easy to enjoy and I had no trouble in doing so, the younger ones full of sweet richness and the more mature ones showing the subtle complexities that come to us all with time. Last year saw auction prices hit a high note, with overall income jumping to nearly R6 million, up 41% from 2009. Nederburg Auction business manager, Dalene Steyn, is keen to build on the success of 2010 and propel this historically prestigious event firmly into the local and international spotlight. “The Nederburg Auction is now in its 37th year, which is an exciting achievement in terms of the event’s longevity”; comments Dalene. “As with any longstanding event, the existing brand platform needed to be carefully evaluated and brought in line with the auction’s objective to be a showcase for our country’s finest, most rare wines. The result is a wine platform with a more modern look and feel that imparts a feeling of luxury and prestige – in line with the caliber of the wines that we strive to offer – that still retains the quality and depth that the auction brings as embedded value.”
She adds; “The new look and feel has been implemented across multiple levels, including the logo, website, catalogue, and the distinctive Nederburg Auction sticker that is applied to all bottles sold at the event, which serves as an additional unique selling point, giving these wines a competitive advantage that certainly enhances shelf appeal from a quality and endorsement point of view.”
The original five producers, who have participated on every auction since 1975, are again represented. They are Delheim, Groot Constantia, Overgaauw and Simonsig, and, of course, Nederburg. Debuting alongside these stalwarts and other of the country’s finest producers are newcomers Ataraxia, JP Bredell Wines, Capaia, Deetlefs Familie, De Morgenzon, De Reuck, Fryer’s Cove, Orange River Cellars and Perdeberg Winery.
Dalene concludes; “With a combination of long-established and newer names associated with the auction, we are confident in bringing buyers a varied and impressive spectrum of the country’s best-of-best and rare wines, offered in a range of lot sizes to cater to mainstream and boutique buyers.”

Columella Charity Auction

Surfer donates one-of-a-kind 10-bottle collection for greater good

One of the most sought after and best-performing wines from South Africa in the international arena features on the 2011 Nederburg Charity Auction, which takes place at the close of the main auction on Saturday September 17th at Nederburg in Paarl.
Winemaker Eben Sadie, of Sadie Family Wines, who also happens to be a skilled surfer, has put together a special case of 10 bottles of his renowned Columella, from the 2000 to 2009 vintages, marking a decade of this celebrated wine produced in the Paardeberg Mountains of the Swartland region. Due to the limited production of this wine, it is almost impossible to find some of the older vintages on the open market and a case of the historic 10-year line of the development of this limited wine is a rarity. Columella is a blend of Syrah and Mourvédre, and is, says Eben; ‘a true wine of terroir that has always been about place above progress”.
The charity sale offers unusual wine items, many of them collectors’ items. Alongside the Columella collection is the last of three sets of Nederburg Tribute Shiraz 2007, specially created by visionary Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici to mark the 35th anniversary of the Nederburg Auction and 350 years of wine at the Cape in 2009.
As well as impressive local wines, the charity auction is privileged to have several top-ranking foreign wines included in this year’s line-up. Donated by Swedish wine personalities Britt and Janåke Johansson is one of the most exclusive, sought after sweet wines in the world – a 375ml bottle of Oremus Tokaji Eszencia 2000, of which just a few hundred bottles were made. Hungary’s world-famous Tokaji, often referred to in literature as the ‘wine of kings and the king of wines’, is incredibly difficult to forget once tasted. Although very sweet, with a residual sugar content of 468 grams per litre, the enormous acidity perfectly balances this beautiful nectar, offering a spectacular richness and an unequalled flavour.
Another international item, donated by Auctioneer Anthony Barne MW, is also a dessert wine that is a First Growth from the Sauternes, Gironde region in the southern part of the Bordeaux vineyards known as Graves. The acclaimed Chateau d’Yquem 1986 vintage, made from noble late harvest grapes, was given a 98-point rating in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate of January 1998.
One of the doyens of SA wine, Duimpie Bayly, has donated three extraordinary old wines from the Distell tabernacle, including a two-bottle collection from the 70s that come from the acclaimed McWilliams winery in Australia. He comments further on these marvellous old wines in this brief YouTube clip:
This year’s charity auction also benefits from items donated by Zonnebloem, Fleur du Cap, La Motte, and Stellenrust. Anyone may bid, and all proceeds raised will go to community-based organisations.

Graham Beck-Brut MCC 94

KWV 1930-muscadel

Limited speciality wines to open Saturday’s bidding floor at 37th Nederburg Auction

Some are there because of their age; others because of their sense of occasion. Whatever the reason for their extraordinariness, you’ll find a piece of bottled exceptionality in this year’s Nederburg Auction Private Collection category, which opens the second day’s bidding at this year’s event on September 16 and 17 at Nederburg in Paarl.

Introduced for the first time, the Private Collection category serves to accommodate exceptional wines that are available in extremely small quantities, from producers who have literally been treasuring their last few bottles for an event such as this. “Each wine included in this year’s selection of 14 items has an original story to tell that enhances the rarity, uniqueness and collectability of these wines”; says Nederburg Auction business manager Dalene Steyn.

A perfect example is the 1974 Cabernet Sauvignon from Rustenberg, the last vintage made by this winery’s former owner/winemaker Reg Merriman Nicholson, and which, according to current owner Simon Barlow, was probably his best. “Most of this wine was in fact consumed at my sister’s wedding – we do not even have a bottle in our wine library at Rustenberg, so it is extremely rare indeed”. Simon believes that it is vintages like this one that show South Africa can make world class wines – a great reason to perhaps bid on the item himself, as he comments:

An item that underpins the ultimate sense of occasion, marking a monumental period in our nation’s history, was specially bottled for the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela. The 1994 Graham Beck MCC was made by Pieter Ferreira and is not easily available on the open market. One case of four 1.5 litre bottles, at a reserve price of R1 000, will be sold.

One of the oldest South African bottled wines still available that features in the Private Collection line up is a spritely 1930 Red Muscadel Jerepigo from KWV. Despite its age, this wine still displays an astonishing freshness with an amazing array of flavours, including spicy and herbal naunces. Just six bottles of this 81-year-old wine will be offered at a reserve price of R1 200. Staying with the ‘grandfathers’ of South African wines, a fantastic matured wine from the 60s comes from Chateau Libertas, the original trendsetter for blended natural wines in South Africa more than 70 years ago. One case of just three bottles of the 1961 vintage, at a reserve price of R3 000, will be sold.

Dalene concludes; “Buyers who bid on the Private Collection wines at the start of the Saturday auction on September 17 will not only be buying a special wine – they will also be purchasing their own special piece of bottled exclusivity.”

The complete list of this year’s Private Collection wines is on the auction website and also listed in this year’s official catalogue, available for electronic download:

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