A stellar cast for the 2018 Nederburg Auction wine line-up

Now in its 44thyear, the Nederburg Auction has continually evolved to ensure it remains South Africa’s premier wine auction for fine, rare South African wines. It is therefore fitting that “Evolve” has been selected as the theme for this year’s auction. The wine industry itself is continually evolving to keep up with changing preferences, climate change, production techniques and internal and external factors. In order to remain relevant, sustainable and world-class, the Auction itself has evolved over the past four and a half decades as change is the only constant.

Following a record number of entries this year, just over a quarter of all wines entered have been selected for Auction and will go under the hammer on 8 September 2018. To put this into perspective, out of the over 900 producers in SA, together with their thousands of wines and vintages, to make it to Auction, it has to be something very special. All wines entered are selected through an audited blind tasting to ensure complete selection independence. The minimum age entry requirements are 6 years and older for red, fortified and sweet wines and 3 years and older for whites and MCC. The minimum age requirements were increased this year, a direct result of producers seeing real benefit from having their products on auction and strategising and planning with future Auctions in mind.

The older entry requirements ensure that buyers at auction also benefit from these changes and will be given a chance to bid on some otherwise unobtainable and exclusive wines with further aging a key selection criterion. Apart from the age component, other entry conditions require that all wines on auction should not have been available in the trade for at least 12 months prior to entry. The wine being sold on auction should be the last of the producers’ stock. Should producers want to keep some stock back for future Auctions, this strategy can be agreed with the Nederburg Auction ensuring that the integrity of both the Auction and producers are protected. Buyers can be assured that every effort is made to make the Nederburg Auction the premier wine auction of fine, rare South African wines, the only platform of its kind in South Africa that is accessible and open to all local producers.

With 64 successful producers, 3 new entrants, 108 wines, 7,000 litres and an average vintage age of 11 years old, the 44thNederburg Auction promises to have something for everyone. First time participants include Sijnn Wines (Malgas) with their Touriga Nacional 2012 and Beau Constantia with their Lucca 2011, a Bordeaux Blend. For lovers of bubbly, Le Lude (Franschhoek) makes its debut with 3 successful entries including their Vintage Brut, Vintage Brut Agrafe and Vintage Cuvee (1.5L).

The 2018 Selection Panel included returning judges and panel chairs Cathy van Zyl MW and Tim Atkin MW. They were supported by Greg Sherwood MW, Richard Kershaw MW, Michael Fridjhon, Roland Peens and two new panellists William Wouters (president of the Belgium Sommeliers Guild and Vice President – Europe for the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) and François Rautenbach (head of the Singita Premier Wine Direct programme for conservation company Singita Game Reserves). During the selection tasting, Greg Sherwood said: “While our judging conditions and rigour doesn’t change, what has maybe changed is that we are more aware that some of these wines are getting rarer and rarer. Private individuals are willing to spend more and more money and we have an even greater obligation to make sure that that money is well spent.”

The Selection Panel had their work cut out for them tasting over 400 wines in two days. South African Greg Sherwood MW, senior wine buyer of Handford Wines, London said of the Cabernets: “Cabernet is one of our premium heritage grapes in South Africa, there’s great pride with it and customers want to buy it, they want to drink it, they want to age it and we have to put the best wines through. Because there are fewer Cabernets there will be more vociferous bidding for the ones that make it through.”

Michael Fridjhon, who has over 40 years’ experience in the production, wholesale and retail sectors of the wine industry said: “Shiraz is more delicate than we’ve come to realise. We need to have the fruit express itself. We saw a few of those emerging, some very beautiful wines from the 2008’s to the 2012’s.” With these wines showing some great aging potential, even the younger vintages are worth buying now and keeping in the cellar for a few years.

Cathy van Zyl MW who judges locally and internationally and is a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine’s Council said: “One of the trends I’ve picked up in tasting red wines this year at the Nederburg Auction is that our winemakers are seeking a greater freshness or vivacity to the red wines. There’s also a trend towards being more savoury. I do appreciate that in the context, old South African wines, some of them can age beautifully to this red-fruit fudgy richness, which we all really love.  They endear themselves to us so often.”

Wine enthusiasts who have a preference for white wines won’t be disappointed either as they too received very complimentary reviews from the selection panel. “Chenin as a category had some very strong entries, a strong group. The consistency across the selection was strong and some lovely examples that we got out. It was very diverse as well, which I think is very important for buyers that there is going to be something for everybody, not just all one particular style” said panellist François Rautenbach. On the Sauvignon Blancs, Tim Atkin MW said he was surprised by the Sauvignons and how well they’ve aged. That was almost his stand-out flight. He said they were lovely, well-balanced and the use of oak, when it was there, was very well done. He thinks South Africans and auction buyers don’t tend to think of Sauvignon as something that will age very well or is worth buying but he would urge them that they should. William Wouters said of the Chardonnays: “I think a lot of them were well made, technically well made, very aromatic. I think we got a nice bunch of Chardonnays out of it and I hope people like it when they taste it also.”

This year’s Nederburg Auction will be held on 7 & 8 September at Nederburg in Paarl. The event will largely follow the same successful format as in 2017, yet in keeping with the theme, it will also evolve to ensure that the buyers who come back year after year are always provided with an element of surprise on arrival. The pre-auction tasting, hosted by the participating producers, will be on the Friday followed by the Charity Auction and dinner. The auction will be held on Saturday. Other key dates to note are the Wine Previews in both Cape Town (31 July) and Johannesburg (2 August). The Wine Previews are an opportunity for all invited guests to sample the wines included in the 2018 Auction and to start planning their bidding strategies.

Please click on the link below to see a short video of this year’s selection tasting: https://www.nederburgauction.co.za/videos/

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The full wine line-up for the 2018 Nederburg Auction follows in the table below (alphabetical):

Item Producer Wine Vintage
1 Aaldering Vineyards & Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007
2 Allesverloren Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
3 Allesverloren Shiraz 2008
4 Almenkerk Syrah 2010
5 Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
6 Alto Shiraz 2008
7 Annandale Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
8 Asara Carillon 2012
9 Asara The Bell Tower 2011
10 Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
11 Bartinney Chardonnay 2008
12 Bayede! 7 Icon Chardonnay 2015
13 Beau Constantia + Lucca 2011
14 Beaumont Family Wines Hope Marguerite 2014
15 Blake’s Family Wines Tourmaline 2015
16 Bloemendal Wine Estate Suider Terras 2015
17 Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2004
18 Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Nacional 2012
19 Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2008
20 Chateau Libertas * 1968
21 Chateau Libertas * 1978
22 Clos Malverne Auret 2011
23 De Grendel Wines Merlot 2012
24 De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2004
25 De Wetshof Estate Bateleur Chardonnay Magnum 2015
26 Delaire Graff Estate White Reserve 2011
27 Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest Botrytis 2012
28 DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2013
29 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015
30 Durbanville Hills Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc 2011
31 Durbanville Hills Caapmans Cabernet Merlot 2006
32 Durbanville Hills Luipaardsberg Merlot 2009
33 Eikendal Chardonnay 2014
34 Fleur du Cap Merlot Unfiltered 2007
35 Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2008
36 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2009
37 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Special White Blend 2012
38 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2011
39 Groot Constantia Estate Gouverneurs Reserve 2012
40 Groot Constantia Estate Shiraz 2009
41 Hartenberg Family Vineyards Shiraz 2006
42 Haskell Vineyards Pillars 2008
43 Hermanuspietersfontein Winery Nr.5 2012
44 Hermanuspietersfontein Winery Nr.5 2013
45 Iona Pinot Noir 2012
46 JC Le Roux Scintilla 2001
47 Kanonkop Wine Estate Pinotage 2001
48 Ken Forrester Vineyards The FMC 2010
49 Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
50 Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2007
51 KWV The Mentors Cabernet Franc 2010
52 KWV The Mentors Chardonnay 2012
53 KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2010
54 La Couronne Wine Estate Muscat 0
55 L’Avenir Chenin Blanc 2006
56 Le Lude + Vintage Brut 2012
57 Le Lude + Vintage Brut Agrafe 2012
58 Le Lude + Vintage Cuvee (1,5L) 2012
59 Le Riche Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010
60 Lomond Wine Estate Snowbush 2012
61 Monis * Collectors Port 1948
62 Mulderbosch Vineyards Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block A 2014
63 Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
64 Nederburg 64 Port 1964
65 Nederburg Edelkeur 2012
66 Nederburg Edelkeur 1996
67 Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Anchorman – Chenin Blanc 2013
68 Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Motorcycle Marvel 2009
69 Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Young Airhawk- Sauvignon Blanc 2015
70 Nederburg Ingenuity Italian Red Blend 2008
71 Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 1998
72 Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2012
73 Nederburg Private Bin R121 Shiraz 2004
74 Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
75 Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
76 Nederburg Private Bin R181 Merlot 2009
77 Nederburg Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon 1975
78 Nederburg Private Bin R121 Shiraz 2011
79 Neethlingshof Estate The Short Story Collection Maria 2011
80 Nuy Winery Red Muscadel 2002
81 Nuy Winery Wit Muscadel 2006
82 Oak Valley Estate Chardonnay 2015
83 Oude Libertas * Pinotage 1978
84 Old Vines Project: Meerendal Heritage Block Pinotage 2010
85 Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013
86 Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Rossouw’s Heritage 2015
87 Plaisir de Merle Sauvignon Blanc 2012
88 Rijk’s Pinotage Reserve 2006
89 Romond Vineyards Rebus Cape Cuvee 2011
90 Rudera Wines De Tradisie Chenin Blanc 2011
91 Sijnn + Touriga Nacional 2012
92 Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2012
93 Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2011
94 Spier Creative Block 5 2012
95 Spioenkop Wines 1900 Pinotage 2012
96 Spioenkop Wines Riesling 2013
97 Stellenbosch Hills 1707 Reserve White 2013
98 Stellenrust Wine Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
99 Stellenrust Wine Estate Peppergrinder’s Shiraz 2008
100 Strandveld Vineyards Syrah 2012
101 Super Single Vineyards Pella Merlot 2012
102 Vergelegen G.V.B White 2013
103 Vondeling Wines Babiana 2013
104 Vondeling Wines Rurale 2013
105 Vriesenhof Vineyards Grenache 2012
106 Zonnebloem Laureat 2008
107 Zonnebloem * Laureat *(1.5L) 1988
108 Zonnebloem * Pinotage * 1978

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