2015 Charity Auction Items

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The maiden vintages of the extreme wines Book XVII (2010) and The Black Lion (2012)

a set of 2 x 750ml bottles, donated by De Toren

Expression Unique’s Book XVII and The Black Lion are made using extreme winemaking techniques that date back to ancient Rome. Book XVII is a Bordeaux blend that takes its name from Pliny the Elder who wrote 30 volumes on the philosophies of life, and in book no. XVII he specifically wrote about wine. It has an opulent crème de-cassis, fruitcake and fig scented bouquet with a palate that is ostentatious. However, this full-bodied turbo-charged wine is so silky smooth and seductive in a way that its charms are impossible to resist.

Hailed as the ‘most powerful and luxurious Shiraz ever crafted in South Africa’, the incomparable Black Lion is the result of the masterful alchemy of hand-chosen Swartland and Stellenbosch fruits. The Swartland vineyards give us the power in the wine, while the elegance comes from the Stellenbosch vineyards, and hence the name ‘Black’ from Swartland, and ‘Lion’ signifying the power of Africa.

These wines were recently voted Best and 3rd Best Luxury Wine in South Africa, respectively, in a blind tasting by panels consisting of 60 tasters in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Both wines are made in extremely limited quantities, with only 598 bottles of Book XVII 2010 and 608 bottles of The Black Lion 2012.

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Barbeito Malvazia 1834 Madeira

1 x 750ml bottle, donated by Anthony Barne MW

Malvazia, or Malmsey, is the sweetest style of Madeira and was made at that time from the Malvasia Candida grape, thought to have been the first grape planted there although, now, three types of Malvasia are grown. The vineyards are mainly on the warm and sunny lower slopes on the south side of the island and while sweetness in Madeira is controlled by the production method, the richness of flavour of a Malmsey wine lends itself well to a sweeter style. In the year that these grapes were harvested, slavery was abolished in the Cape and the Bo-Kaap settlement was founded in Cape Town. Even more than Constantia, Madeira is a wine that can survive, almost unchanged, for two centuries or more. Every time you drink a glass of old Madeira you are experiencing history!

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Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 1977

3 x 375ml bottles, donated by Distell head winemaker, Razvan Macici, on behalf of Nederburg

Edelkeur is Nederburg’s signature dessert wine and the raison d’être for the Nederburg Auction. This wine is produced from a single block of botrytised Chenin Blanc. Made by Günter Brözel, this amber-coloured wine is an exquisite example of its type displaying aromas of fruit, burnt wood, coffee bean and smoke with smooth, rich and concentrated characters and excellent limpidity, colour and persistence. Still very vibrant, it is smooth and rich and concentrated with a perfect balance between fruit and sugar. Judged against famous-name Tokaji, Trockenbeerenauslese wines and Sauternes, it was awarded Top Ten status in the 2007 International Botrytis Type Wine and Sweet Wine Competition in Budapest, the only wine outside Europe to do so. Awarded a double gold medal at the 2010 Veritas Awards.

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Overgaauw Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

a set of 4 x 1.5L bottles, donated by the Van Velden family

The maiden vintage of Overgaauw Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon was 1970, and formed the backbone of the early releases of red wines. Today still it is prevalent in the current releases of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tria Corda. This 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent expression of a great Stellenbosch vintage from a very special site. These bottles were bottled on the Estate and cellared in ideal conditions in the Overgaauw Wine Library. The wine shows beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon primary fruit identity in combination with elegant secondary aromas. The mid-palate has a silky yet textured weight with hints of red fruit and tobacco leaf on the finish.

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Rustenberg Dry Red 1974

1 x 750ml bottle, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

One of South Africa’s true legend wines. The Dry Red was first produced by Reg Merriman Nicholson and this 1974 was made by Etienne Le Riche. It was made from select vineyards and vinified in open concrete tanks. It is approximately one third Cinsaut and two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon. 1974 was regarded as the top vintage of the 1970s and is now thought to be one of the finest in South Africa’s short fine wine history. It is still fresh, with powerful sweet fruit and excellent integrity.

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Petrus Pomerol 1964

1 x 750ml bottle, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

“A mammoth Petrus of stupendous extraction and power, this wine seems to be aging at a glacier pace’, writes leading Bordeaux critic Robert Parker, awarding the 1964 99/100 points! ‘…lucky owners of this Petrus have decades of thrills still ahead of them’ suggesting a drinking window up to 2030. Chateau Petrus is one of the world’s most sought-after wines and this particular bottle from the Tabernacle is in excellent shape.

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Groot Constantia Gouveneur’s Reserve 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

a set of 6 x 750ml bottles, donated by Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia stands for a pinion of excellence for the South African wine industry and is an ideal example for the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of our country. The oldest wine producing farm in the New World, Groot Constantia celebrates 330 years of wine making this year, marking it as one of the oldest trading names in the world.
With 11 gold awards between them, this highly decorated collection of six Gouverneurs Reserve wines chosen from different vintages over the years finds perfect balance between ripe, rich flavours and fine quality and complexity.

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Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1965

3 x 375ml bottle, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Earlier this year, this 50-year-old Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon attracted the attention of one of the most widely respected wine authorities in the UK, Steven Spurrier. Tasting it on a trip to South Africa, he praised its quality and longevity.
Still displaying a clear, bright red colour, its lively nose of red berry and spice opens onto a vibrant palate with bright acidity and fine tannins, amply underscoring Zonnebloem’s remarkable reputation for producing classics that retain their ability to surprise and delight many decades after their making. Winemaking doyen, Duimpie Bayly was responsible for the wine’s assemblage.

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Penfolds Grange 1968

1 x 750ml bottle, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Penfolds Grange is quite simply Australia’s premier wine both in Australia and worldwide. From humble beginnings in the early 1950s to the icon it has become today, Penfolds Grange is engrained into the wine psyche of wine lovers across the world. The vision of Max Schubert has born an Australian legend that is officially listed as a Heritage Icon of South Australia. A multi-regional masterpiece that shows power, concentration and balance to showcase the very best in Australian wine. The 1968 is considered a classic vintage with a relatively low alcohol and it has aged beautifully.

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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1991, 1995, 2003 and 2009

a set of 12 x 750ml bottles, donated by Kanonkop

Each of these Paul Sauer vintages were winners of the coveted Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy for Best Blended Red Wine at the annual International Wine and Spirits Competition held in London.

Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was purchased by JW Sauer, who served on the cabinet of the original Cape Provincial Council after the Union was established in South Africa. Paul Sauer is one of South Africa’s true Icon wines and is widely regarded for its ageing potential and class.

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Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac 1937

1 x 750ml bottle, donated from the Distell Tabernacle


This 1937 Bordeaux bottling of Lafite-Rothschild by Negociant Malher Besse is possibly the rarest wine ever auctioned in South Africa. Little is known about these wines in-between the World Wars and very little of the wines have survived. But, 1937 is regarded as an excellent vintage, known to have been extremely tannic and backward in its youth. Expect this beauty to drink well, but also keep for another few decades!

France’s Medoc region, on the left bank of the Gironde River, produces some of the finest, and most expensive, red wines in the world. The debate over who claims the top spot isn’t easily settled, but any discussion is obliged to include the wines of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, with a history matched by few estates and fans such as King Louis XV of France and President Thomas Jefferson.

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has been sitting at the top of Bordeaux wine lists since the 17th century. Purchased by the Rothschild family in 1868, Lafite has seen it all over the years, from epidemics of phylloxera to German occupation during World War II. Today, Lafite continues to produce some of the finest, and most expensive, wines in the world.

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Chateau Libertas 1959

3 x 375ml bottles, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Chateau Libertas, known affectionately as the grandfather of South African reds, is one of South Africa’s longest established wine labels. First released by Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery (SFW) in 1932, it has been made ever since, changing remarkably little since its debut. This wine comes from the marvellous collection of old Chateau Libertas wines that is kept in the Tabernacle Cellar of Distell. The 1959 is a particularly distinguished vintage and has aged with incredible grace.

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Delheim Grand Reserve 2007

1 x 3L bottle, donated by Delheim

Delheim’s range of wines are led by the majestic Grand Reserve. This is our flagship red, an aristocratic wine made from only the finest grapes. “Grand Reserve”, meaning simply the best, has been the fundamental motivation behind Delheim’s super red since the maiden vintage in 1981.

Visits to the Californian winelands by South African cellarmasters in 1981 and 1982 started a revolution among the Cape winemakers. A revolution against their own traditional Cape red wine production methods. Nurtured with minimum treatment and aged exclusively in small French oak, Delhim Grand Reserve follows no recipe, but rather a style. Grand Reserve has been produced in limited quanitites to ensure a world class quality.

Since its release in 1981, Grand Reserve has been honoured with much prestigious recognition.  It has been selected for every Nederburg Auction since the label was launched. A serious wine that merits careful cellariing for five to 10 years to reach its
full potential.

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GS Cabernet 1966

2 x 750ml bottles, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

“…absolutely stunning – such a beautiful combination of maturity and delicacy – but with far more fruit integrity than most 1966 red Bordeaux would have now. Perhaps it was hard work in its youth but I imagine it will be at least a few months before I tasted a mature Cabernet as good as this… Lightly minty, fragrant and it spread right across the palate with satin texture. Gorgeous.” The words of renowned UK wine critic Jancis Robinson on the GS Cabernet 1966, awarding it 20/20 when tasting it earlier this year. The GS Cabernet was made as an experiment by George Spies, a winemaker of Monis at the time. Half a century later GS has become South Africa’s true cult wine and very little is available in the market.