2014 CHARITY AUCTION ITEMS
1 X 5-litre bottle Zonnebloem 1979 Pinotage, limited edition, donated by Mark Norrish and Chris Minikin
Known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, the history of Zonnebloem dates back to the early part of the 18th century, when wines were produced on the Zonnebloem farm at Simondium. Shiraz and Pinotage were introduced in 1974, with Pinotage being made from late picked grapes, offering a greater concentration of flavour.
The 1979 Zonnebloem Pinotage was made from selected vineyards around Stellenbosch, including Devon Valley, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch Kloof & Bottelary Hills. The blocks were vinified separately. The grapes were hand harvested in February, after crushing and destemming, and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with a selected yeast strain. The wine was racked to new and second-fill American oak barrels (300L) after malolactic fermentation. Thirteen months of barrel maturation took place before the final barrel selection, blending, clarification and bottling.
OREMUS – OREMUS TOKAJI ESZENCIA 2000
1 x 375 bottle, donated by Janåke Johansson, wine importer from Sweden
The Tokaji Eszencia is one of the most exclusive, sought after wines in the world. Unlike virtually all other wines, it maintains its quality and drinkability for 200 years or more.
This exceptional wine, which was given to the Tsars before they died in order to send them on a pleasant trip to heaven, is incredibly difficult to forget once tasted. Extremely sweet (it has a residual sugar content of 468 grams), with enormous acidity – 18 grams per litre – it perfectly balances the rare combination of sweetness and acidity, offering a spectacular richness and an unequalled flavour, including honey and apricots, made even more intense on the palate due to botrytis.
The wine is a blend of Furmint (50%), Harslevelu (30%), Zeta (10%) and Muscat (10%), and made only from the juice that runs off naturally from the vats in which the grapes are collected during harvesting. The berries for this particular vintage fermented up to 3% alcohol, which took three years to achieve (incredibly the sugar content is so high that the juice struggles to ferment).
Just a few hundred bottles (Only 200 to 300 bottles) of the 2000 vintage were produced, reinforcing its status as a unique collector’s item.
FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA 1964
6 x 750ml bottles of Faustino I Gran Reserva 1964 in a wooden case, donated by Chris Swanepoel on behalf of Mack & Schühle AG
A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 10% Mazuelo, this wine was aged for 30 months in oak barrels and is a real treat for wine lovers. It has a walnut/ruby colour and a sweet, woody bouquet. Plenty of red, sweet fruit is evident in the mouth with some rancio flavours that add complexity.
A trio of Overgaauw Tria Corda, donated by the Van Velden family
Overgaauw Estate was an early champion of the Claret-style blend, producing the first South African Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cinsaut blend, named Tria Corda, in 1979. By 1982 Braam van Velden adopted a more classic approach and replaced the Cinsaut with Cabernet Franc. These three classic Bordeaux varietals have remained the components of Tria Corda ever since, while each vintage presents its own unique assemblage to ensure the best expression of the estate’s terroir.
For the 2014 Nederburg Charity Auction, Overgaauw has selected this trio of very special Tria Corda vintages, the maiden vintage 1979, 1995 and the sold out 2011 vintage packed in triplicate in a wooden box, as their heritage item.
1 x bottle Groot Constantia Heerenrood 1975, donated from the Distell Tabernakel
The Heerenrood was first made as the flagship of Groot Constantia by a young Neil Ellis in 1975, and discontinued by the late Pieter du Toit after the 1989 vintage. The wine was a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Shiraz: Cabernet giving the backbone and structure while Shiraz added some ripeness to the blend, grown and made in the cool Constantia climate. The wine spent two years in old, large format
(5 000L) vats before bottling.
In a recent tasting, the 1975 Groot Constantia Heerenrood still showed a lot of youth, belying its nearly 40 years of age. The wine showed a vibrant colour and fine tannins with truffles and forest floor aromas on the nose, a good testimony that South African red wines can age beautifully.
Liebherr Wine Storage Cabinet
1 x Liebherr WKes653 GrandCru freestanding wine storage cabinet, donated by Liebherr-Africa (Pty) Limited
The Liebherr WKes653 can be set to exactly the temperature required within the range from +5 °C to +20 °C.
This ensures that the selected temperature is maintained constantly and uniformly throughout the interior, making the unit ideal for storing wine for long periods of time in order to allow them to mature to perfection. The WKes653 features a digital display, electronic controls, storage space for 12 x 750ml wine bottles and a drawer for condiments. It is lockable and wall mountable. In addition, the unit is extremely energy efficient for wine coolers, boasting an A+ rating. Design, innovation and quality meet in this premium product.
1 x 3-litre bottle Le Riche Cabernet 2003, donated by the Le Riche Family
Etienne’s wines have been a feature on the Nederburg Auction since inception in 1987 – first under the Rustenberg label, and since 1997 under the Le Riche label. As an acknowledged Cabernet Sauvignon specialist, his wines have received acclaim on multiple fronts. Now, making wine in his own winery on the lower slopes of the Helderberg and joined by son and daughter, Christo and Yvonne, the future of these Cabernets seems well preserved.
CHATEAU GRUAUD LAROSE 1975
1 x 1.5 litre magnum bottle of Chateau Gruaud Larose 1975, donated by Janåke Johansson, wine importer from Sweden
One of the most respected chateaux in Bordeaux, Chateau Gruaud Larose has a long history in the St. Julien appellation that dates back to the days when the property was first owned by a knight known as Joseph Stanislas Gruaud.
Two more members of the Gruaud family were also important factors in the birth of Gruaud Larose – one was a judge and the other a priest!
Chateau Gruaud Larose is known for producing stunning Bordeaux wines. The Gruaud Larose 1975 is a powerful Bordeaux wine, produced in a classic style that gives it exceptional ageing capacity, allowing it to evolve and improve for decades. This wine shows cedar and a combination of pencil and graphite tones, and is a complex taste experience.
1 x bottle Lanzerac Cabernet 1957, donated by Boets Nel
Made from grapes sourced from the Stellenbosch area, this wine was aged in French oak ovals and bottle aged before release. During the 1950s the odd vintages were the best, such as the 1957 and the 1959. This wine has held up remarkably well, is poised for its age and
a real collector’s gem.
At the 2003 Nederburg Auction, a single case of six bottles of 1957 Lanzerac Cabernet attracted a flurry of bidding that didn’t stop until the case was knocked down for R22 000. That’s R3 600 a bottle!
1x 750ml bottle of Vintage Madeira donated by Auctioneer Anthony Barne MW
The grapes for this wine were harvested in the year of the Zulu War. Malvasia Candida is a grape variety, which originated in Greece and was named after the fortress of Monemvasia. It has always been associated with sweet, luscious wines. Madeira made from this grape is known in English as Malmsey although the butt of Malmsey in which the Duke of Clarence was drowned in 1478 was not Madeira but the sweet wine from Greece. Malmsey is generally the richest style of Madeira and the vineyards are at relatively low altitude and on the south side of the island. Like all vintage Madeiras, many of which spend up to 100 years in cask, Malmsey has an almost indefinite ageing potential, developing enormous concentration and complexity as the wine evaporates from the barrel.
IS ART GALLERY
‘JUMPING HARE’ – A bronze sculpture crafted by Guy du Toit and donated by both Guy and Ilse Schermers, owner of IS ART Gallery
IS ART is a well-established art gallery situated in the Winelands that represents a wide variety of contemporary South African artists.
Ilse Schermers, the owner of IS ART Gallery, was responsible for establishing the first sculpture garden in the Winelands, representing some of the country’s finest sculptors.
Guy du Toit is one of those leading sculptors. He lives and works in Pretoria and has been instrumental in teaching sculpture to some of our prominent young artists at the Tshwane University and Tshwane University of Technology. For the Nederburg Charity Auction,
IS ART Gallery has generously donated one of Guy’s bronze sculptures, titled ‘Jumping Hare’.
ARRIVO NEBBIOLO 2007
1 x magnum Arrivo Nebbiolo ‘Lunga Macerazione’, donated by guest speaker Peter Godden
This wine was produced by Peter, spending 10 weeks on skins in deference to traditional Piedmontese Nebbiolo winemaking techniques. This is his top wine, and 2007 was the only year that Peter decided to bottle some of the Lunga Macerazione in magnums, contributing to the rarity factor. The wine was aged for five years before release.
12 x 750ml bottles of Nederburg Vintage Cabernet 1975, donated by current cellarmaster Razvan Macici, on behalf of Nederburg
Cellarmaster Razvan Macici has chosen wines as old as the Nederburg Auction itself. Twelve bottles of the 1975 Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon, made and signed by his legendary predecessor, Günter Brözel, who turned 80 in April, are a fine example of longevity; of the auction, that celebrates its 40th anniversary; of Brözel, who remains a mentor and source of inspiration to the Nederburg winemaking team; and of the wines made in the Nederburg cellars.
Macici, who recently tasted one of the few remaining samples of the wine, says: “Its brilliance of colour was still very much in evidence with a dark red centre widening to an orange tint. A complex but still youthful nose of cigar box, pencil shavings and berry opened onto an equally complex palate with good acidity, some nuttiness, a hint of liquorice and flavours of Christmas cake. This wine still has a lot of life in it and it has the structure to last another decade at least.”
A rare collector’s item for its archival value alone, these wines will be a thrilling experience for the buyer who wants to imbibe history.
1 x 1 litre, 6 x 200ml bottles The Van Ryn’s Charentaise Collection 10-year-old potstill brandy, donated by Distell
The once-off Charentaise Collection, produced exclusively for the Nederburg Charity Auction by The House of Van Ryn’s, is the epitome of handcrafted perfection. This showpiece item was created from six single vintage potstill brandies made from Colombar grapes, each distilled in a 199-year-old Cognac still, heated with a wood fire as per the traditional Charentaise method.
The master blend, presented in a crystal decanter which echoes the shape of the Van Ryn’s potstill, was skilfully blended by Master Distiller Marlene Bester. The multi-layered brandy has a red berry and apricot nose with hints of flowers, sweet spice and leather notes. On the palate, this brandy combines nutty, toasty, well-integrated wood characters with creamy chocolate for an exceptionally smooth and velvety finish, pulling you back to the glass to explore further.
The owner of the Collection, presented in a bespoke leather case with a Mont Blanc pen, is encouraged to use Bester’s tasting notes to embark on their own blending adventure in the comfort of their own home.
1 x 750ml bottle of vintage Malvazia Faja, Barros e Sousa, donated by Patrick Grubb.
The word ‘Faja’ refers to a vineyard site, at one time owned by Jesuit brothers. It stands at the base of a cliff on the Island of Madeira, which is purported to be one of the highest in the world. At one time access was only be sea, usually very rough!
RIEDEL DECANTER AND CHATEAU CORTON GRANCEY GRAND CRU 1993
A handmade Riedel EVE wine decanter and 1 x 750ml bottle of Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 1993, donated by Georg Riedel and Reciprocal Wine
The EVE decanter, designed by Maximilian Riedel in 2008, is a tribute to the family’s matriarch, Eva Riedel. Each EVE decanter is free blown by a master glass blower in Austria and is a unique and functional work of art. Beautifully packaged in Riedel’s signature black and red box, the EVE decanter comes with an instructional DVD narrated by Maximilian Riedel, which explains the pouring technique and cleaning instructions.
The Chateau Corton Grancy 1993 is a blend of four of the Domaine Latour Grand Cru vineyards on the hill of Corton – the only site of Grand Cru red Burgundy on the entire Cote de Beaune. These are Corton Bressandes, Corton Perrieres, Corton Greves and Corton Clos du Roi. The proportions vary depending on the vintage. The average age of the vines is 40 years. The wines are vinified separately and only the best barrels – and only in the best vintages – are assembled to produce Chateau Corton Grancey.