2018 Charity Auction Items

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1: Nederburg Sweet Wine Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Robben Island Excursion including lunch at the V&A Waterfront

12 x 375ml, excursion and lunch for 8 guests - donated by Nederburg

Amount Raised: R15,000

A carefully cellared collection of 12 x 375ml bottles of two of Nederburg’s iconic dessert wines: 6 x Edelkeur 1991 and 6 x Eminence 1994, signed by legendary winemaker Günter Brözel, Nederburg cellar-master for 33 years (from 1956 to 1989). This lot also includes a private tour of the historic Robben Island, off the Cape Town coast, for eight guests, and a gourmet lunch at the V&A Waterfront featuring some award-winning Nederburg wines.

The innovation for which Brözel is best remembered was the introduction to South Africa of botrytisor noble late harvest wines. His renowned Edelkeur, made from botrytisedChenin Blanc, gave rise to the Nederburg Auction and was to become the benchmark against which all other South African and many internationally dessert wines would be judged. According to those in the know, Edelkeur was one of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s favoured wines. The 1991 vintage of Edelkeur, now 27 years old, that forms part of this tribute collection, pays homage to the 27 years Nelson Mandela spent in prison, 18 of which at Robben Island

Eminence, a natural sweet wine also conceived by Brözel and as highly acclaimed as Edelkeur, was named to reflect the stature of the pope, and a case of the wine was in fact sent to His Eminence The Pope in the 1990s in the hope of receiving a blessing. Now 24 years of age, the 1994 vintage of this wine, made from Muscat du Frontignan, makes reference to the elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994 which saw Nelson Mandela become the first democratically elected President of the country.

Fun fact: In 1972 Nederburg entered the 1969 Nederburg Edelkeur in an international wine competition in Budapest – and was judged best wine at the show.

www.nederburg.co.za| www.robben-island.org.za| www.waterfront.co.za

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2: Meerendal old vine wine and dine weekend

2 nights, 4 people - donated by Meerendal

Amount Raised: R15,000

A perfect venue to stay for the 2019 Nederburg Auction…

Meerendal, one of the founding members of the Old Vines Project, will host two couples over a weekend to enjoy the tranquillity at one of the oldest wine estates in the Winelands. Two nights complimentary accommodation at the Meerendal Boutique Hotel situated in the historic Manor House, with breakfasts at Carlucci’s Deli and dinners at the Crown Restaurant and Wine Bar. A special wine tasting that will include a vertical tasting of the Meerendal Heritage Block Pinotage from vines planted in 1955, will be presented by Liza Goodwin, Cellar master, and Bennie Howard, Marketing guru of Meerendal on the guests’ arrival.

Accommodation:

The gracious Cape Dutch homestead originally built as the family home has been converted into a boutique hotel keeping all the grandeur and elegance and combining it with timeless style and ultimate luxury.

The hotel is located a mere 20 minutes from the Cape Town CBD and 30 minutes from the Cape Town International Airport.

With spectacular views over the vineyards and the Boland Mountains the hotel is truly a countryside haven.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Bookings are dependent on availability, two (2) Guests per room. Breakfast included at Carlucci’s and dinner included at Crown.

www.meerendal.co.za

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3: Bunnahabhain Islay Festival Collection

2 x 700ml Islay single malt scotch whisky - donated by Bunnahabhain & Distell

Amount Raised: R20,000

Two Bunnahabhain Islay Festival Collection whiskies including the Feis Ile Moine Oloroso2007 and the Feis Ile Spanish Oak 2002.

Moine Oloroso

Moine is a peaty paradox on Bunnahabhain’s gentle single malt, with a touch of smoke from our peated malted barley introduced during its creation.

Moine Oloroso has many layers. Matured slowly in oloroso sherry casks, it adds their distinctive scent to its natural dried fruit flavours, delicately balanced with a hint of honeyed nuts and driftwood smoke.

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep rose gold

Nose:   Dried fruit, creamy toffee and chocolate blended with spicy, smoky peatiness

Palate:Sweet, fills the mouth with fig and raisin, honeyed nuts, pepper and wood smoke

Finish:  Sweet, mildly smoky, long and lingering

59.5%           Un-Chillfiltered           Natural Colour

Released May 2018, 1881 bottles produced 

Spanish Oak

Starting life 15 years ago in whisky refill casks, the developing malt was transferred to Spanish Oak Gran Reserva barrels in 2013. It’s been slowly adding the intense aromas of ripe berries, spices and oak to its unique flavours ever since.

With touches of smoke from our peated maltedbarley, this whisky’s prickling strength emanates from the dram, while warming with a lingering, robust length and delicately sweet sherry influence.

TASTING NOTES

Colour:Amber gold

Nose:   Oak with grape and dried fruits, toffee, nuts and subtle spice

Palate:Coats the mouth with rich Spanish brandy and dark chocolate, lightly oaked and gently spiced

Finish:  Sweet grape and subtle spice, long and lingering

58.2%           Un-Chillfiltered           Natural Colour

Released May 2018, 1,500 bottles produced

www.bunnahabhain.com

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4: Delaire Graff Estate private wine-tasting, blend creation and seven-course meal

4 people & 4 x 750ml personal blend - donated by Delaire Graff Estate

Amount Raised: R18,000

This exclusive prize package for four guests includes:

A private wine tasting with Delaire Graff Estate’s winemaker, Morné Vrey. As one of South Africa’s most respected and accomplished winemaker’s, Morné is relentless in his pursuit of quality and is responsible for the creation of the Estate’s finest appellations. Depending on time of year guests visit, Morné will also advise and assist guests in blending their own wine. These 4 x 750ml bespoke creations will be shipped to the “novice winemaker” once bottled.

After your wine tasting you will enjoy bespoke seven- course Tasting Menu at Indochine Restaurant, paired with an award-winning selection of Delaire Graff wines.

At Delaire Graff Estate, guests experience the ultimate in luxury combined with a unique blend of South African hospitality. Majestic mountains and the vineyards of Stellenbosch, provide the perfect backdrop to exclusive Lodges, outstanding restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exuberant landscaping, destination Spa and luxury boutiques.

Delaire Graff Estate is located on Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch.

Booking Terms & Conditions

This booking cannot be made between 15th December and 15th January inclusive and not over harvest time.

Blending is dependent on time of year guests’ book and cannot be guaranteed. Free shipping within SA only.

www.delaire.co.za

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5: The 40-year-old Bordeaux Collection from 1978

6 x 750ml - donated by Distell Tabernacle

Amount Raised: R45,000

This 40-year-old Bordeaux collection includes wines from some of the most prestigious Bordeaux Château’s including one each of:

  • Château Figeac (Saint-Émilion appellation)
  • Château Batailley (Pauillac appellation)
  • Château Palmer (Margaux appellation)
  • Château Mouton Rothschild (Pauillac appellation)
  • Château Haut-Bailly (Pessac-Léognan appellation)
  • Château Gisccours (Margaux appellation)

1978 Bordeaux wine earned the sobriquet of the “miracle vintage” from the famous wine writer and personality Harry Waugh. The vintage was awarded its title because throughout the entire growing season, winemakers all over Bordeaux were expecting the worst. Yet, thanks to a perfect September, the vintage produced several fine examples of 1978 Bordeaux wine.

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6: Van Ryn’s 27-year-old Tribute Blend Brandy

3 x 750ml - donated by Van Ryn’s

Amount Raised: R40,00

This unique brandy, a 27-year-old tribute single potstill brandy to Nelson Mandela, represents the 27 years Nelson Mandela spent in prison.

Exceptional elegance is expressed in this uniquely crafted single potstill brandy. A symphony of dried fruit, spice, vanilla and dark chocolate on the nose with delicate marzipan and sweet tobacco notes. 27 years of elegance in the making and worth waiting for. Warm and appealing, an even balance is perfectly displayed.

The legacy of founder Jan van Ryn lives on in this beautifully crafted, double distilled potstill brandy. The brandy is matured at the Van Ryn’s distillery, founded over 100 years ago on the outskirts of Stellenbosch on the banks of the Eerste River. It is home to the largest Cooperage in the southern hemisphere where a handful of skilled artisans tenderly repair and maintain the French oak barrels imported from Limousin in France in preparation to mature the elegant spirit of Van Ryn’s range of world’s best brandies.

www.vanryn.co.za

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7: Oak Valley Weekend Getaway

2 nights, 2 people - donated by Oak Valley Estate

Amount Raised: R15,000

Stay in our beautiful self-catering 1902 cottage and dine at our restaurant, The Pool Room, for a lunch paired with our outstanding Estate wines. The package includes a personalised Mountain Bike Experience, with UCI level 2 coach, Lance Stephenson, who will take you riding like never before. To top this off, Rockhopper Adventures will supply 2 Full Carbon Cannondale Scalpel SI bikes valued at over R100,000 for you to ride for the weekend.  And just for good measure, you’ll each receive a mixed case of our current release wines to take home.

Dining

The Pool Room provides the quintessential pasture to plate experience, bringing Harrods to the countryside.

Accommodation

The cottage is situated in the middle of a working farm and is framed by spectacular mountain vistas and lush natural scenery located within the Elgin Valley. The cottage is self-catering and is fully equipped for your relaxation and comfort.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Booking is dependent on availability.

www.oakvalley.co.za

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8: Nederburg 6 Decades of Cabernet Sauvignon

6 x 750ml - donated by Nederburg

Amount Raised: R20,000

Cellar-master Andrea Freeborough has chosen a venerable line-up of wines spanning an incredible six decades, not only to highlight Nederburg’s proficiency in the making of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, but also as a tribute to those winemaking luminaries who have gone before her, including Günter Brözel, Newald Marais and Razvan Macici.

The selection, presented in a wooden case, comprises Nederburg Auction/Private Bin Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1966, 1974, 1985, 1991, 2003 and 2013 vintages. The majority of these feature grapes sourced exclusively from Paarl vines.

“The older wines are testimony to the longevity of Nederburg Cabernets and the younger wines are an expression of the same pedigree of finesse, harmony and potential to endure for many decades more,” Freeborough explains.

Of particular significance is the 1974 vintage, ranked by international winemaking icon Robert Mondavi as one of his top 10 red wines, when he delivered the keynote address at the Nederburg Auction in 1992.

The 2013 vintage is also considered very special. It earned the Arcadia Trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon at the IWSC in 2016, the same year the winery was highlighted by the judges of the competition as the South African Wine Producer of the Year.  It’s been awarded double gold and gold medals at various other local and international competitions, and is rated five stars in the 2017 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide.  Nederburg was also announced the Winery of the Year in this issue.

A rare collector’s item for its archival value alone, these wines will be an exhilarating experience.

The collection also represents some other interesting stories…

On 28 September 1966, three months after Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery had assumed ownership of Nederburg, the winery won 15 first prizes, six cups and the gold medal for the most points gained at the Western Province Wine Show of that year, thus bringing its total number of awards in 24 years to 202 first prizes, 136 cups and 12 gold medals.  This was not all: in 1966 Nederburg’s wines had been awarded nine diplomas when they were exhibited at Ljubljana in Yugoslavia, an indication that at last South African wines were being accepted and appreciated in Europe.

In 1974, South Africa’s Anneline Kriel was crowned Miss South Africa, as well as Miss World.  She modeled the latest in designer fashion at the 2004 Nederburg Auction.

A decade of the annual Nederburg Auction was celebrated in 1985, together with cellar-master Günter Brözel’s incredible achievement in being the first in South Africa to be named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ at the 1985 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

In 1991, the 1986-sanctions imposed on South Africa by the United States came to an end, beckoning a new dawn for the local wine industry, opening up international trade, as well as the hearts and minds of winemakers. The benefits of the broader context were clearly seen in subsequent years with massive viticulture improvements to better reflect terroir, and more innovative winemaking techniques and styles.

The 2003 vintage reflects a time at Nederburg when the talented Razvan Macici, born in Romania to a winemaking family, was well on his way in successfully exploring new possibilities and tastes. He experimented widely with wood, most notably Eastern European oak for greater complexity, structure and finesse, as can be observed in the 2003 vintage of Nederburg’s Private Bin Cabernet Sauvignon, matured for 24 months in a combination of new Hungarian, French and American oak barrels.

The 2013 vintage showcases Nederburg’s voice and confidence with a new generation of individual, expressive wines made under the visionary leadership of Macici. He continued his quest to add more interesting dimensions to the cellar’s wines up until 2015 when he handed over the reins to current cellar-master, Andrea Freeborough. The greater accent placed on individual berry sorting and manual fermentation with the use of open fermenters, leading to optimal extraction of colour, tannin and flavour, is evident in the 2013 expression of Nederburg’s Private Bin Cabernet Sauvignon.

www.nederburg.co.za

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9: Bartinney Fynbos and Wine long-weekend

3 nights, 6 guests and 6 magnums - donated by Rose and Michael Jordaan of Bartinney

Amount Raised: R25,000

A stay in Bartinney’s Wild Olive Cottage for 6 people (3x double rooms) for a long weekend (3 nights) with a Fynbos and Wine experience and a winery tour. A sundowner will be hosted at the Bartinney Lookout 500m above sea level overlooking the Banhoek Valley. Guest will have the experience of blending their own wine with the winemaker, which will be shipped to them in 6 x Magnums once bottled. The area is also a hiker and mountain bikers dream destination.

Accommodation:

The luxuriously designed stand-alone house, is nestled in the Bartinney vines. Exceptional views and privacy, make this the ultimate Wineland retreat. A truly unique double-aspect space, with plentiful light and original artworks. Relax on the large veranda, light the braai and sip some wine.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Bookings are subject to availability. Wine blending is subject to prior arrangement with the winemaker. Free shipping within SA only. This voucher is valid until 31 October 2019.

www.bartinney.co.za

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10: The Napa Valley 40-year-old Robert Mondavi Collection from 1978

6 x 750ml - donated by Distell Tabernacle

Amount Raised: R40,000

This incredible collection from one of Napa Valley’s most acclaimed and influential winemakers of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon includes 6 x Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignons from 1978.

In the 1970s, Robert Mondavi was a powerhouse. California critics lauded him for bringing new techniques from Bordeaux and elsewhere, and imagined a limitless horizon for Mondavi and his sons. A typical piece in Clifton Fadiman and Sam Aaron’s The Joys of Wine, published in 1975, rhapsodized, “Robert Mondavi’s Cabernet Sauvignon is often served at the White House and at dinners given by the State Department. This stamp of approval and the accompanying publicity have made it the single most sought-after red wine of the Western Hemisphere.

Auction fact: Robert Mondavi delivered the keynote address at the Nederburg Auction in 1992.

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11: An unforgettable Cape Winelands Whisky and Wine Experience long-weekend

3 nights, 6 people - donated by Nederburg, Plaisir de Merle, Bain’s and Distell Tabernacle

Amount Raised: R25,000

A luxury Cape Winelands weekend for six guests, including three nights’ Manor House accommodation at the breathtaking Plaisir de Merle Estate, situated at the foot of the Simonsberg between Paarl and Franschhoek.

After enjoying breakfast, get ready for a visit to the famous James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, the only commercial whisky distillery in Africa where the internationally awarded Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and Three Ships collection of whiskies are made by renowned master distiller, Andy Watts. In the company of Andy you will taste the current range as well as some special releases including the world first Limited Edition Three Ships 15 Year Old Single Malt Pinotage Cask Finish and some other innovative whiskies from his secret store 13.

From here you’ll be transported back to Plaisir de Merle for a tasting of a selection of mature and younger wines from the historic Tabernacle consisting of a Chateau Libertas vertical tasting from the 60s to the 90s including: 1965, 1978, 1982 and 1994.

The next morning, you’ll be transported to Nederburg in Paarl by motorcycle sidecar, in honour of legendary Günter Brözel who oversaw vineyard development from the back of his 250cc BSA 1950s motorcycle. At Nederburg you’ll be treated to lunch featuring wines exclusively made for the annual Nederburg Auction. In honour of our Whisky and Wine theme you will also taste a Shiraz currently being finished in barrels previously used for the maturation of whisky. From here you’ll be taken back to Plaisir de Merle for a final evening of leisure, at your own pace. From here you’ll be taken back to Plaisir de Merle for a final evening of leisure, at your own pace.

Accommodation

Built in 1764 by Jacob Marais, and with its ornate gables and thatched roof, the historic Manor House is one of the earliest and finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture. With stunning views of the mountains, vineyards and manicured gardens, it features an elegant and eclectic rendition of the old and new with a selection of furniture in the Cape, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, ball-and-claw and retro style.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Bookings are subject to availability. It is advised that the experience is booked to take place by 30 June 2019.

www.nederburg.co.za| www.plaisirdemerle.co.za| www.bainswhisky.com

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12: Singita / Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Collection

2 x (6 x 500ml) - donated by Singita Conservation Company and Klein Constantia Estate

Amount Raised: R30,000 x 2 = R60,000

6 bottles of a straight vertical Vin de Constance 2004 to 2009

Two of South Africa’s leading brands, Singita and Klein Constantia have come together to present a collection of vintages of the iconic Klein Constantia Vin de Constance. The rare collection comes from Singita’s fine and extensive cellar. Ranging from the 2004 vintage to the multi award winning 2009 vintage, voted in Wine Spectator’s top 10 wines for 2016, this 6-bottle case is the ultimate wine collector’s dream lot.

Singita is dedicated to environmentally conscious hospitality, sustainable conservation and the empowerment of local communities. Singita meaning “place of miracles”, was founded in 1993 with a single lodge, Singita Ebony Lodge. Today Singita is the trusted guardian of a million acres of pristine land in Africa and is responsible for making tangible differences in the lives of the people living and working in and around its lodges. Singita proudly operates 12 luxury award-winning lodges and camps, each a unique experience in its own right, in five regions across three countries in Africa.

In partnership with non-profit Funds & Trusts who implement strategic conservation projects in each region, Singita is preserving and protecting pristine land and wildlife populations, and helping to create economic independence within local communities surrounding the reserves.

The Klein Constantia Vin de Constance vertical of vintages, still available for Singita guests during their lodge stays, is representative of the dedicated fine SA wine purchasing and maturation programme based in the Cape Winelands, established to offer genuine provenance and mature wine enjoyment.

Kings vied for possession of this wine; Louis Philippe sent emissaries from France to fetch it; Napoleon drank it on the island of St Helena to find solace in his lonely exile; Frederick the Great and Bismarck ordered it; and the English Prime Minister – who had sampled it with much delight at Downing Street – made sure that regular consignments from the Cape were delivered to Buckingham Palace for the King.

“The sweet, luscious and excellent dessert wine called Constantia” soon became part of the literature of the 19th century. In Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens tells of “…the support embodied in a glass of Constantia and a home-made biscuit”, while Jane Austen recommends that her forsaken heroine try a little Constantia for “…its healing powers on a disappointed heart”. A German poet, Klopstock, devoted an entire ode to the pleasures of this sweet wine, while Baudelaire transformed it into a sensuous image for his great brooding poem “Les Fleurs du Mal”.

www.singita.com| www.kleinconstantia.com

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13: Château Margaux 1959

1 x 750ml - donated by Distell Tabernacle

Amount Raised: R21,000

A once in a life-time opportunity to purchase a single bottle of the First Growth Margaux from one of the great vintages of the 20th century. A perfect gift for next year’s 60thcelebrations!

The 1959 Bordeaux wine is held in the same legendary status as 1961 and 1959 Bordeaux wine is the product of a close to perfect growing season from start to finish. The summer was warm, reasonably dry and filed with sunshine. The perfect amount of rain arrived at the perfect moment, in mid-September, allowing the grapes to reach maturity and ripeness.

Fun fact: A bottle of Château Margaux 1787 holds the record as the most expensive bottle of wine ever broken, insured at $225,000.

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14: Masungulo Lodge: Full-board Safari

3 nights, 6 guests - donated by owner

Amount Raised: R150,000

A 3-night stay for 6 people at the exclusive use Masungulo lodge in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. This all-inclusive lot includes: accommodation, meals, wine and game drives. Guests will be spoilt with a carefully selected collection of wines donated by DeMorgenzon.

A perfect day under the African sun will start and end with a safari in an open safari vehicle to see Africa’s big game accompanied by qualified rangers and trackers. Breakfast, lunch and “boma” dinner, each accompanied by award-wining wines, will ensure that guests are catered for from beginning to end.

Masungulo only caters for small groups, which makes it the perfect choice to reconnect with family and friends or even corporate getaways, as you will have exclusive use of the lodge and all its facilities. Masungulo offers the perfect safari experience for people wanting privacy, an intimate bush experience and the warmth and service of a dedicated team of staff.

Wines by DeMorgenzon:

Day 1

Lunch:              DMZ Chardonnay 2017; DMZ Grenache 2015

Dinner:DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016; Maestro Red 2015

Day 2

Breakfast:         DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc MCC

Lunch:              DMZ Chenin Blanc 2018; DMZ Syrah 2016

Dinner: DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2016; Maestro Blue 2015

Day 3

Breakfast:         DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc MCC

Lunch:              DMZ Sauvignon Blanc 2017; DMZ Pinot Noir 2017

Dinner: Reserve Syrah 2015; Maestro White 2015

Day 4

Breakfast:         DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc MCC

Game Viewing

Masungulo’s schedule is arranged around your personal routine. A typical day could begin with early morning game viewing, followed by a scrumptious brunch back at the lodge, some free time spent game-viewing on the deck overlooking the waterhole, hitting the gym or indulging in the spa, a high tea, followed by the afternoon game drive.

Game viewing is exceptional, with an abundance of elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, together with their attendant predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Booking Terms and Conditions

No children under 10. Easter and Festive Period (15 December to 15 January excluded). Valid for 12 months.

Optional Extras and Exclusions

Spa treatments, Curio shop purchases, Telephone Calls, Laundry Service, Transfers

Compulsory Conservation Fee: The lodge will collect R328 per person per day (subject to change) for conservation fees on behalf of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The conservation fee can be prepaid. Please note there is a compulsory entrance fee of R140.00 per vehicle if self-driving payable directly at the Timbavati Entrance Gate.

www.masungulo.com| www.demorgenzon.com

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15: Trio of Le Lude MCC Magnums

3 x 2012 Maiden Vintage Limited Release 1.5L donated by Le Lude

Amount Raised: R15,000

1 x Vintage Cuvee 1.5L

1 x Brut 1.5L

1 x Brut Rosé 1.5L

Special selections are made for Le Lude’s Magnum bottlings. The maturation times and dosages change depending on the blend.

Le Lude’s custom-build winery is one of the few cellars in South Africa exclusively used for making Cap Classique.

Grapes from specially selected blocks are hand-picked during cool early-morning temperatures to ensure optimum freshness. The bunches are pressed whole, a critical part of the process of creating a great sparkling wine, with only the first pressing of juice – our cuvee – used in the making of the base wines. These base wines, the building blocks of the final product, are regularly tasted by discerning palates before the components are blended for the process of bottle-fermentation.

Once bottled, the bottles ferment and mature horizontally in cool, dark cellars for a minimum of twelve months. It is here that the wines undergo a mystical process, sugar is converted to alcohol creating the millions of tiny bubbles, while the lees upon which the wine lies gives flavour, complexity and deliciousness.

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16: Mystery Box - Supporting Madiba’s Legacy

Donated by Distell

Amount Raised: R80,000

Madiba took many risks in his life, he gave so much to so many and no doubt his legacy will outlive all of us. This auction lot is a mystery box, it may be empty, it may have a low value item or even something of a high commercial value. The risk is yours to take on this Mystery Box, but always know the value this box receives will go towards inspiring young minds and ensuring Madiba’s legacy lives on in every generation to come.

The following may or may-not be clues to what’s inside the Mystery Box!

Clue 1
On his very recent visit to South Africa, a former “leader of the free world” received this limited production commemorative South African tipple.

Answer: Gift pack including specially crafted 15YO Bains Whisky & 27YO Van Ryn’s single potstill brandy

Clue 2
What is the most well-known drink from the most easterly country of mainland Europe, made by someone from a boot of a country, to ever come from the place we call home? Celebrating its platinum anniversary this year, it was produced in the same year as Ferdinand manufactured his first ever car and went on to become one of the world’s leading luxury car manufacturers.

Answer: Monis Collectors Port 1948

Clue 3
It is said that this is the world’s best Merlot. Was the year of the pig from 4 decades back a great or even brilliant vintage?

Answer: Petrus Pomerol 1971

Clue 4
Really, are there monks in the Democratic Republic of Congo making such an expensive, top, world-class wine that has lasted so many decades? Oh – and in what year did Evel Knievel set a world record by jumping over 19 cars?

Answer: Romanee Conti Echezeaux 1971

Clue 5
They may have mysteriously lost their original landmark tower, but the quality of their wines has never been doubted, not even when Napoleon III was Emperor of the French and specifically in the year he made the effort to travel to England for tea with Queen Victoria?

Answer: Latour Pauillac 1970