A stellar cast for the 2018 Nederburg Auction wine line-up

Now in its 44th year, the Nederburg Auction has continually evolved to ensure it remains South Africa’s premier wine auction for fine, rare South African wines. It is therefore fitting that “Evolve” has been selected as the theme for this year’s auction.

The wine industry itself is continually evolving to keep up with changing preferences, climate change, production techniques and internal and external factors. In order to remain relevant, sustainable and world-class, the Auction itself has evolved over the past four and a half decades as change is the only constant.

Following a record number of entries this year, just over a quarter of all wines entered have been selected for Auction and will go under the hammer on 8 September 2018. To put this into perspective, out of the over 900 producers in SA, together with their thousands of wines and vintages, to make it to Auction, it has to be something very special. All wines entered are selected through an audited blind tasting to ensure complete selection independence. The minimum age entry requirements are 6 years and older for red, fortified and sweet wines and 3 years and older for whites and MCC. The minimum age requirements were increased this year, a direct result of producers seeing real benefit from having their products on auction and strategising and planning with future Auctions in mind.

The older entry requirements ensure that buyers at auction also benefit from these changes and will be given a chance to bid on some otherwise unobtainable and exclusive wines with further aging a key selection criterion. Apart from the age component, other entry conditions require that all wines on auction should not have been available in the trade for at least 12 months prior to entry. The wine being sold on auction should be the last of the producers’ stock. Should producers want to keep some stock back for future Auctions, this strategy can be agreed with the Nederburg Auction ensuring that the integrity of both the Auction and producers are protected. Buyers can be assured that every effort is made to make the Nederburg Auction the premier wine auction of fine, rare South African wines, the only platform of its kind in South Africa that is accessible and open to all local producers.

With 64 successful producers, 3 new entrants, 108 wines, 7,000 litres and an average vintage age of 11 years old, the 44th Nederburg Auction promises to have something for everyone. First time participants include Sijnn Wines (Malgas) with their Touriga Nacional 2012 and Beau Constantia with their Lucca 2011, a Bordeaux Blend. For lovers of bubbly, Le Lude (Franschhoek) makes its debut with 3 successful entries including their Vintage Brut, Vintage Brut Agrafe and Vintage Cuvee (1.5L).

The 2018 Selection Panel included returning judges and panel chairs Cathy van Zyl MW and Tim Atkin MW. They were supported by Greg Sherwood MW, Richard Kershaw MW, Michael Fridjhon, Roland Peens and two new panellists William Wouters (president of the Belgium Sommeliers Guild and Vice President – Europe for the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) and François Rautenbach (head of the Singita Premier Wine Direct programme for conservation company Singita Game Reserves). During the selection tasting, Greg Sherwood said: “While our judging conditions and rigour doesn’t change, what has maybe changed is that we are more aware that some of these wines are getting rarer and rarer. Private individuals are willing to spend more and more money and we have an even greater obligation to make sure that that money is well spent.”

The Selection Panel had their work cut out for them tasting over 400 wines in two days. South African Greg Sherwood MW, senior wine buyer of Handford Wines, London said of the Cabernets: “Cabernet is one of our premium heritage grapes in South Africa, there’s great pride with it and customers want to buy it, they want to drink it, they want to age it and we have to put the best wines through. Because there are fewer Cabernets there will be more vociferous bidding for the ones that make it through.”

Michael Fridjhon, who has over 40 years’ experience in the production, wholesale and retail sectors of the wine industry said: “Shiraz is more delicate than we’ve come to realise. We need to have the fruit express itself. We saw a few of those emerging, some very beautiful wines from the 2008’s to the 2012’s.” With these wines showing some great aging potential, even the younger vintages are worth buying now and keeping in the cellar for a few years.

Cathy van Zyl MW who judges locally and internationally and is a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine’s Council said: “One of the trends I’ve picked up in tasting red wines this year at the Nederburg Auction is that our winemakers are seeking a greater freshness or vivacity to the red wines. There’s also a trend towards being more savoury. I do appreciate that in the context, old South African wines, some of them can age beautifully to this red-fruit fudgy, richness, which we all really love. They endear themselves to us so often.”

Wine enthusiasts who have a preference for white wines won’t be disappointed either as they too received very complimentary reviews from the selection panel. “Chenin as a category had some very strong entries, a strong group. The consistency across the selection was strong and some lovely examples that we got out. It was very diverse as well, which I think is very important for buyers that there is going to be something for everybody, not just all one particular style” said panellist François Rautenbach. On the Sauvignon Blancs, Tim Atkin MW said he was surprised by the Sauvignons and how well they’ve aged. That was almost his stand-out flight. He said they were lovely, well-balanced and the use of oak, when it was there, was very well done. He thinks South Africans and auction buyers don’t tend to think of Sauvignon as something that will age very well or is worth buying but he would urge them that they should. William Wouters said of the Chardonnays: “I think a lot of them were well made, technically well made, very aromatic. I think we got a nice bunch of Chardonnays out of it and I hope people like it when they taste it also.”

This year’s Nederburg Auction will be held on 7 & 8 September at Nederburg in Paarl. The event will largely follow the same successful format as in 2017, yet in keeping with the theme, it will also evolve to ensure that the buyers who come back year after year are always provided with an element of surprise on arrival. The pre-auction tasting, hosted by the participating producers, will be on the Friday followed by the Charity Auction and dinner. The auction will be held on Saturday. Other key dates to note are the Wine Previews in both Cape Town (31 July) and Johannesburg (2 August). The Wine Previews are an opportunity for all invited guests to sample the wines included in the 2018 Auction and to start planning their bidding strategies.

Please click on the link to see a short video of this year’s selection tasting: www.nederburgauction.co.za/videos.

Any new buyers interested in purchasing wines at the 44th Nederburg Auction will need to register as a buyer through the Nederburg Auction website.

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The full wine line-up for the 2018 Nederburg Auction follows in the table below (alphabetical):

Item

Producer

Wine

Vintage

1

Aaldering Vineyards & Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2007

2

Allesverloren

Cabernet Sauvignon

2003

3

Allesverloren

Shiraz

2008

4

Almenkerk

Syrah

2010

5

Alto

Cabernet Sauvignon

2000

6

Alto

Shiraz

2008

7

Annandale

Cabernet Sauvignon

2004

8

Asara

Carillon

2012

9

Asara

The Bell Tower

2011

10

Bartinney

Cabernet Sauvignon

2009

11

Bartinney

Chardonnay

2008

12

Bayede!

7 Icon Chardonnay

2015

13

Beau Constantia +

Lucca

2011

14

Beaumont Family Wines

Hope Marguerite

2014

15

Blake's Family Wines

Tourmaline

2015

16

Bloemendal Wine Estate

Suider Terras

2015

17

Boplaas

Cape Vintage Reserve Port

2004

18

Boplaas

Family Reserve Touriga Nacional

2012

19

Bosman Family Vineyards

Optenhorst Chenin Blanc

2008

20

Chateau Libertas *

 

1968

21

Chateau Libertas *

 

1978

22

Clos Malverne

Auret

2011

23

De Grendel Wines

Merlot

2012

24

De Krans

Cape Vintage Reserve

2004

25

De Wetshof Estate

Bateleur Chardonnay Magnum

2015

26

Delaire Graff Estate

White Reserve

2011

27

Delheim

Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest Botrytis

2012

28

DeMorgenzon

Maestro White

2013

29

DeMorgenzon

Reserve Chardonnay

2015

30

Durbanville Hills

Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc

2011

31

Durbanville Hills

Caapmans Cabernet Merlot

2006

32

Durbanville Hills

Luipaardsberg Merlot

2009

33

Eikendal

Chardonnay

2014

34

Fleur du Cap

Merlot Unfiltered

2007

35

Fleur du Cap

Noble Late Harvest

2008

36

Fleur du Cap

Unfiltered Chardonnay

2009

37

Fleur du Cap

Unfiltered Special White Blend

2012

38

Fleur du Cap

Unfiltered Semillon

2011

39

Groot Constantia Estate

Gouverneurs Reserve

2012

40

Groot Constantia Estate

Shiraz

2009

41

Hartenberg Family Vineyards

Shiraz

2006

42

Haskell Vineyards

Pillars

2008

43

Hermanuspietersfontein Winery

Nr.5

2012

44

Hermanuspietersfontein Winery

Nr.5

2013

45

Iona

Pinot Noir

2012

46

JC Le Roux

Scintilla

2001

47

Kanonkop Wine Estate

Pinotage

2001

48

Ken Forrester Vineyards

The FMC

2010

49

Kleine Zalze

Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2008

50

Kleine Zalze

Family Reserve Shiraz

2007

51

KWV

The Mentors Cabernet Franc

2010

52

KWV

The Mentors Chardonnay

2012

53

KWV

The Mentors Orchestra

2010

54

La Couronne Wine Estate

Muscat

0

55

L'Avenir

Chenin Blanc

2006

56

Le Lude +

Vintage Brut

2012

57

Le Lude +

Vintage Brut Agrafe

2012

58

Le Lude +

Vintage Cuvee (1,5L)

2012

59

Le Riche Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

2010

60

Lomond Wine Estate

Snowbush

2012

61

Monis *

Collectors Port

1948

62

Mulderbosch Vineyards

Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block A

2014

63

Nederburg Wines

II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon - TBC

2007

64

Nederburg Wines

64 Port

1964

65

Nederburg Wines

Edelkeur

2012

66

Nederburg Wines

Edelkeur

1996

67

Nederburg Wines

Heritage Heroes The Anchorman - Chenin Blanc

2013

68

Nederburg Wines

Heritage Heroes The Motorcycle Marvel

2009

69

Nederburg Wines

Heritage Heroes The Young Airhawk- Sauvignon Blanc

2015

70

Nederburg Wines

Ingenuity Italian Red Blend

2008

71

Nederburg Wines

Private Bin Eminence

1998

72

Nederburg Wines

Private Bin Eminence

2012

73

Nederburg Wines

Private Bin R121 Shiraz

2004

74

Nederburg Wines

Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon

2003

75

Nederburg Wines

Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon - TBC

2008

76

Nederburg Wines

Private Bin R181 Merlot

2009

77

Nederburg Wines

Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon

1975

78

Nederburg Wines

Private Bin R121 Shiraz

2011

79

Neethlingshof Estate

The Short Story Collection Maria

2011

80

Nuy Winery

Red Muscadel

2002

81

Nuy Winery

Wit Muscadel

2006

82

Oak Valley Estate

Chardonnay

2015

83

Oude Libertas *

Pinotage

1978

84

OVP Meerendal

Heritage Block Pinotage

2010

85

Perdeberg Winery

The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc

2013

86

Perdeberg Winery

The Dry Land Collection Rossouw's Heritage

2015

87

Plaisir de Merle

Sauvignon Blanc

2012

88

Rijk's

Pinotage Reserve

2006

89

Romond Vineyards

Rebus Cape Cuvee

2011

90

Rudera Wines

De Tradisie Chenin Blanc

2011

91

Sijnn +

Touriga Nacional

2012

92

Spier

21 Gables Chenin Blanc

2012

93

Spier

21 Gables Pinotage

2011

94

Spier

Creative Block 5

2012

95

Spioenkop Wines

1900 Pinotage

2012

96

Spioenkop Wines

Riesling

2013

97

Stellenbosch Hills

1707 Reserve White

2013

98

Stellenrust Wine Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

2007

99

Stellenrust Wine Estate

Peppergrinder's Shiraz

2008

100

Strandveld Vineyards

Syrah

2012

101

Super Single Vineyards

Pella Merlot

2012

102

Vergelegen

G.V.B White

2013

103

Vondeling Wines

Babiana

2013

104

Vondeling Wines

Rurale

2013

105

Vriesenhof Vineyards

Grenache

2012

106

Zonnebloem

Laureat

2008

107

Zonnebloem *

Laureat *(1.5L)

1988

108

Zonnebloem *

Pinotage *

1978

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