38th Nederburg Auction line-up highlights exclusivity

Local and international wine buyers have much to look forward to on September 28 and 29 when a selection of just over 150 of South Africa’s best local vintages will be sold at the 2012 Nederburg Auction. Chosen from the more than 280 wines submitted, this year’s line-up offers a collection of distinctive wines with strong reputations and historical value.

A total of 73 wineries were rigorously hand-picked by the auction selection panel for this year’s showcase, including 12 newcomers – Almenkerk, Beyerskloof, Bosman Family Vineyards, Mont Destin, Rietvallei, Rupert & Rothschild, Shannon Wines, Strandveld, The Auction Crossing, The Goose Wines, Wildekrans and Wonderfontein – alongside the original five participants, Delheim, Groot Constantia, Overgaauw, Simonsig and Nederburg, which have been on every auction since 1975.

Says Nederburg Auction business manager Dalene Steyn: “The Nederburg Auction is all about creating a culture of exclusivity. All wines selected to participate receive the “Nederburg Auction selection” seal of endorsement – the ultimate prestigious recognition that, given the auction’s stringent selection criteria, can be quite hard to achieve.”

Sommelier and logistics manager for the 2012 selection tasting Higgo Jacobs concurs; “Less than half the wines submitted made it onto this year’s auction. From a consumer point of view I believe this is a positive outcome, as it shows that the tasting panel has been strict in applying the judging criteria and are confident that the wines approved are great vintages that display the best potential from a wine appreciation, maturation and/or collector’s point of view.”

The selection tasting is conducted blind by a panel of wine experts, including Cape Wine Masters, sommeliers and wine judges, and the entire process is audited to ensure a fair result.

Higgo continues: “Only white wines three years or older, and red wines five years and older, are allowed to be submitted, because from a food and wine pairing point of view, the wines selected must be properly matured wines ready for consumption in restaurants. This also gives the auction an added advantage when it comes to offering older wines, which are more subtle and therefore better at complementing a food experience.”

A list of this year’s auction wines can be viewed and downloaded here. A short YouTube video clip with comments from some of this year’s judging panel can be viewed below, and is also available at this link: http://youtu.be/noa8P93wQyo. The official catalogue will be available in June.