Cellar ‘neglect’ delivers gems for 40th Nederburg Auction

A fortuitous “neglect” of Cabernet Sauvignon vintages in the cellar at the start of the new millennium may have inadvertently lead to the creation of some superb reds on sale at the 40th Nederburg Auction  later this year.

Commenting on reds presented for inclusion in the Auction this year, the panel of judges said “over-enthusiastic experimentation” in Bordeaux blends as a result of European influence and new investment in local farms during the 2000-2008 period could account for what they termed “possible neglect” by winemakers of Cabernet Sauvignons of the same period.

This resulted in some Cabernets being “left to their own devices” – and to the delight of the judges, turning out to be the stellar wines they were looking for to include in the 2014 Nederburg Auction line-up.

The same, however, did not apply to the Bordeaux blends under scrutiny. The judging panel, renowned for its rigour and consistency, cut the Bordeaux offering to the bone, only allowing 13 deservedly high-scoring wines out of 42 presented to be included in the Auction line-up.

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Nederburg Auction selection panel member Justin Knock MW

The 2014 ten-strong panel, which included two new international palates this year, culled more than half the entries from the just over 300 wines offered. International guest judge and influential wine writer Tim Atkin MW said they did not pull their punches, as they had a very clear brief on what to look for.

Selection convenor Michael van Deventer instructed the judges to look for standout wines, not merely good wines. “This being the 40th year of the Auction, we are really rooting for some diamonds coming out of the tasting,” he said.

The result was a tight selection of original, distinctive South African wines to go on auction at Nederburg in Paarl on Friday and Saturday, 12 & 13 September. A collection of 113 wines, totalling 12,156 litres, has been selected for the Auction, compared to 12, 400 litres last year. This amounts to 1 932 cases (versus 2 005 cases and 134 wines in 2013).

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Cathy van Zyl MW

Judges were unanimous in their praise of the whites on offer, with Cathy van Zyl MW and Australian Justin Knock MW offering exceptionally high scores in the Chenin category. Of the 22 Chenins presented, 14 made the cut. The judges were equally impressed with sweet wines presented, labelling them “stupendous, as always”. Included in this line-up are several Nederburg Edelkeur vintages – the wine that started the Auction in 1975.

Given that the Auction marks its 40th year, it was fitting that several 40 plus-year old wines and even three 50-year olds made it to this year’s line-up. A 1964 Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon, a Zonnebloem 1964 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1964 Nederburg Port lead the charge for the half-century legends, and set the tone for the excellent showing by older Cabernets at the selection.

 

 

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Chateau Libertas 1964

Uiterwyk’s 1974 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Zonnebloem 1974 and 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon, an Oude Libertas 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 1974 Middelvlei Pinotage make up the group of exceptional wines sharing the Auction’s birthday.

From the old to the new: several new estates are making a first appearance at the Auction this year. Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar, De Zoete Inval, Kranskop, Mount Sutherland and Romond successfully pitched their wines for the 40th Nederbug Auction.

The 2014 collection comprises of 62 red wines (8,734.50 litres), 29 white wines (2,542.50 litres), one semi-sweet white wine (45 litres), eight dessert wines (301.50 litres), seven fortified wines (371.25 litres) and six Ports (207 litres).

Complete details for each wine will be published in the catalogue, available online and in print towards the end of June.

View this short behind-the-scenes clip of the 2014 selection tasting.

No

 

Wine

Vintage

1

Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar

AD Muscat de Frontignan

2006

2

Allesverloren

Allesverloren Cabernet Sauvignon

1984

3

Almenkerk

Almenkerk Chardonnay

2011

4

Beaumont

Beaumont Shiraz

2002

5

Bellingham

Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc

2010

6

Boplaas

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port

2004

7

Bosman Family Vineyards

Bosman Cabernet Sauvignon

2004

8

Bosman Cabernet Sauvignon

2005

9

Chenin Blanc Association

Chenin Blanc Ass DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc

NA

10

Clos Malverne

Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve

2003

11

De Grendel

De Grendel Winifred

2008

12

De Krans

De Krans Vintage Reserve Port

2002

13

De Krans Vintage Reserve Port

2004

14

De Wetshof

De Wetshof Estate Edeloes

1991

15

De Wetshof Estate Finesse Chardonnay

1998

16

De Zoete inval

De Zoete Inval Cape Vintage

2006

17

Delaire

Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc

2010

18

Delheim

Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie

2010

19

DeMorgenzon

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc

2005

20

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc

2010

21

Doolhof

Doolhof The Minotaur

2009

22

Signature of Doolhof Chardonnay Barrel Fermented

2009

23

Signature of Doolhof Petit Verdot

2009

24

Eikendal

Eikendal Cabernet Sauvignon

2009

25

Eikendal Classique

2009

26

Eikendal Merlot

2009

27

Fleur du Cap

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon

2007

28

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay

2009

29

Graham Beck

Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc

2011

30

Graham Beck Chalkboard Series #3

2007

31

Grangehurst

Grangehurst Pinotage

2003

32

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve

2006

33

Hartenberg

Hartenberg The Mackenzie

2006

34

Hartenberg The Stork

2006

35

Haskell

Haskell Pillars (SVS) Syrah

2008

36

Hermanuspietersfontein

Hermanuspietersfontein Die Bartho

2010

37

Hermanuspietersfontein Nr. 5 Sauvignon Blanc

2010

38

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz

2009

39

Jacobsdal

Jacobsdal Pinotage

2004

40

Jordan

Jordan Cobblers Hill

2009

41

Jordan Nine Yards

2011

42

Kanonkop

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon

1994

43

Kanonkop Paul Sauer

2003

44

Kanonkop Pinotage

1999

45

Kleine Zalze

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2007

46

Kranskop

Kranskop Viognier Noble Late Harvest

2011

47

La Motte

La Motte Millennium

2005

48

Lanzerac

Lanzerac Cabernet

1964

49

Le Riche

Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

2005

50

Lomond

Lomond Sugarbush Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

2009

51

Lourensford

Lourensford Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay

2011

52

Meerlust

Meerlust Rubicon

1995

53

Middelvlei

Middelvlei Pinotage

1974

54

Monis

Monis Tawny Port

1993

55

Monis Red Muscadel

2000

56

Morgenhof

Morgenhof Cabernet Sauvignon

2001

57

Morgenhof Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

1998

58

Mount Sutherland

Mount Sutherland Syrah

2009

59

Mulderbosch

Mulderbosch Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

2008

60

Nederburg

Nederburg Edelkeur

1979

61

Nederburg Edelkeur

1993

62

Nederburg Edelkeur

2006

63

Nederburg Eminence

1989

64

Nederburg Eminence

1990

65

Nederburg II Centuries Sauvignon Blanc

2009

66

Nederburg Port

1964

67

Nederburg Private Bin Grenache

2009

68

Nederburg Private Bin R103 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz UL

2009

69

Nederburg Private Bin R104 Petit Verdot

2007

70

Nederburg Private Bin R109 Cabernet Merlot

1999

71

Nederburg Private Bin R109 Cabernet Merlot

2009

72

Nederburg Private Bin R121 Shiraz

2006

73

Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon

2007

74

Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon

2009

75

Nederburg Private Bin R172 Pinotage

2007

76

Nederburg Private Bin S316 Weisser Riesling

2004

77

Nederburg Private Bin S354 Gewurztraminer SLH

2000

78

Nederburg Private Bin Semillon NLH

2000

79

Nederburg Reserve Chenin Blanc

2002

80

Neil Ellis

Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc

2007

81

Nuy

Nuy Red Muscadel

2003

82

Nuy White Muscadel

2000

83

Old Vines

Old Vines Chenin Blanc

2003

84

Oude Libertas

Oude Libertas Cabernet Sauvignon

1975

85

Paul Cluver

Paul Cluver Seven Flags

2007

86

Pinotage Association

Pinotage Association 2009 Absa Top 10 Winners

2009

87

Plaisir de Merle

Plaisir de Merle Petit Verdot

2007

88

Raats

Raats Family Old Vine Chenin Blanc

2011

89

Rietvallei

Rietvallei Classic Estate Red Muscadel

1979

90

Rietvallei Classic Muscadel

1980

91

Rijk’s

Rijk’s Private Cellar Chenin Blanc

2006

2007

2005

92

Romond

Romond Vineyards Rebus

2007

93

Rudera

Rudera Chenin Blanc

2004

94

Rupert & Rothschild

Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond

2008

95

Rustenberg

Rustenberg John X Merriman

2001

96

Rustenberg Peter Barlow

2001

97

Signal Hill

Signal Hill Antica Cabernet Sauvignon

2000

98

Simonsig

Simonsig Tiara

2004

99

Spier

Spier Private Collection Chardonnay

2008

100

Spier Private Collection Shiraz

2007

101

Stellenbosch Hills

Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve

2007

102

Stellenrust

Stellenrust 46 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc

2010

103

Stellenrust Chenin Blanc

2011

104

Stellenzicht

Stellenzicht Stellenzicht

1994

105

Uiterwyk

Uiterwyk Cabernet Sauvignon

1974

106

Uitkyk

Uitkyk Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

2001

107

Welbedacht

Welbedacht Wine Estate Patriot

2008

108

Welgemeend

Welgemeend Welgemeend

1983

109

Zonnebloem

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon

1964

110

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon

1974

111

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon

1975

112

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon

1984

113

Zonnebloem Shiraz

1984