Nederburg Auction 2011 – Media Tasting

July 20th, 2011 by karen

On a cold, winter’s Monday morning we were treated to a selection of 51 wines from the main line-up for this year’s auction.¬† There’s only 1 bubbly for auction but it brought the palate to life! Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel was first made in 1971 and this 2005 vintage can still do no wrong!

All in all I thought the 8 Sauvignon Blanc’s were all bright and fresh, across both tropical and greener characteristic offerings. My favourite was the Iona ’09 but I would drink any of them willingly ūüôā Razvan Macici commented about winemakers decision to allow some ageing of Sauvignon Blanc on the lees “Whilst vintage and region influence ageing too, lees contact adds structure to the wine and can offer 5 to 7 years of ageing and maturation in the bottle” Ahead even, of my enjoyment of the Sauvignon Blanc’s, was my enjoyment of the Nederburg Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc (from Darling) / Semillon (from Durbanville) ’09.¬† The Semillon accounts for 20% of the blend and was aged with a touch of oak for 7 months offering body, structure and creaminess.

I’ve become a real advocate for Chenin Blanc over the past couple of years and was impressed with the 5 we got to taste.¬† They were delicate, showing tropical notes with beautifully balanced acidity (despite greatly varied sugar levels) and incredible longevity on the finish. My favourite was the clean, intense and complex Rex Equus ’08 , followed closely by Ken Forrester FMC ’07 which I believe shows great versatility, particularly as a food accompaniment.

The 5 Chardonnay’s however swept the floor.¬† Sumptuous, sublime, stylish! If I had to choose, Mulderbosch Barrel Fermented ’06 showing such integration between New World style and traditional Old World classic flavours, was my top choice with the elegant Jordan Nine Yards ’06 barely a breath behind!

The sweet wines of various vintages of Eminence and Edelkeur never disappoint.  Overall there was a very positive response to the line-up of whites for 2011, if perhaps a little less enthusiasm for the reds, but a comment on the need to bring back a culture of fortified wine in South Africa as it is too good for consumers to miss out on.

The only Pinot Noir on auction will be Vriesenhof ’06 offering structured elegance.¬† I thought a couple of blends made me sit up and take notice – Le Bonheur Prima ’01 still offering soft, velvety plum with tertiary savoury characteristics¬† and Kaapzicht Steytler Vision ’03 showing seamless integration of tannin, fruit and acid.¬† Cabernet Sauvignon was by far the stand out flight for reds. I’ve always been a Le Riche fan and their Reserve ’06 definitely not disappoint!

One of the “fun” things that are carried out at the tastings each year – when a wine presented is older than the person drinking it, that person has to stand in respect.¬† There weren’t many of us but the “younger” bunch of us had several wines to show respect for this year, with the oldest a Zonnebloem 1971 Cabernet Sauvignon which is holding up incredibly well and a KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1969 at a reserve price of R1800 with only 2 cases available.

This year’s theme is “Smart yet expressive with a touch of opulence” and I cannot wait to see the banners raising and bubbly glasses clinking on the 16th and 17 of September

One Response to «Nederburg Auction 2011 – Media Tasting»

  1. September 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm, KGB Wine » Cape Winemakers Guild Pre-Tasting & Auction 2011 said:

    […] which keep impressing, but some new-found palate delights too!¬† As per my findings at the Nederburg Auction media tasting the white wines are definitely flying high on the radar this […]

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