There is always a buzz amongst wine lovers at this time of the year, with prestigious annual auctions such as the Nederburg Auction and the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction on the horizon. In the past week, wine connoisseurs gathered to taste the 2014 auction line-up at Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction showcases in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The two exclusive showcases were open to the public and tickets – a bargain at R170 per person – were snapped up by those who understood the value of having access to the 62 singularly crafted wines that will be going under the hammer at Spier in the Stellenbosch winelands on Saturday, 4 October 2014.
These outstanding wines, crafted exclusively for the annual auction by the 45 members of the Cape Winemakers Guild, are produced in small volumes to become rare collector’s items.
‘Since day one, our auction has been open to the public and with our varying lot sizes there is great scope for both private wine lovers and the trade to purchase our rare and exclusive wines,’ said Andries Burger of Paul Cluver Wines.
Whether you decide to spit or swallow, it’s impossible to taste everything at the showcase so it’s best to have a strategy in mind before you arrive. In a room where every single wine on show is a benchmark wine, it is difficult to know where to begin unless you have a plan. Mine was white wines from some of my favourite winemakers, with a pinot noir or merlot thrown in for good measure.
I always like to support female winemakers so headed straight for Andrea Mullineux (making her auction debut this year) to taste her most unusual Semillon Gris – delicious. Amongst the Chardonnays, favourites were the 2013 vintages of Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve and Cape Chamonix CWG Reserve Chardonnay. From the Chenin Blanc selection, I really appreciated the Kaapzicht, made from vines that date back to 1947, and the Kleine Zalze Family Reserve (one of the 10 chenins to win an award at the inaugural Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge this week) is close to my heart.
It was a privilege to taste Rianie Strydom’s first wine under her own name: Strydom Family Wines Triple 7 Pinot Noir 2013. David Trafford from De Trafford in Stellenbosch is known for making excellent Merlot, and his 2009 will be in demand at this year’s auction.
Have you been to the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction? What wines stood out for you?
Blog post by Jane Broughton.
Photo Credit: Cape Winemakers Guild
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