Auction Catalogues

The catalogue is a complete guide to the Nederburg Auction event. This book, also available in a printed format, contains all the information you’ll need about the wines on auction, the producers who created them, and relevant bidding details. The items to be sold on the charity auction are also published near the front of the catalogue, together with a map and programme of the event.

 

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The 2017 Nederburg Action Catalogue

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The 2016 Nederburg Action Catalogue

Heritage: Today’s Innovation is Tomorrow’s Tradition

Once a year, over two days during the month of September, Nederburg winery in Paarl becomes the focal point of the South African fine wine business.

It is here, at the annual Nederburg Auction, that the country’s best wines and wine personalities come together to present a prestigious showcase of carefully curated vintages for local and international fine wine buyers.

Known to be the oldest auction in the New World of wine, the Nederburg Auction is the industry platform of choice for buying South Africa’s most rare and sought-after wines. It is a unique, exclusive opportunity for local and international buyers to experience the pinnacle of the country’s finest, matured vintages, many of which are not available on the open market.

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The 2015 Nederburg Action Catalogue

Beyond

What lies beyond 40 years of building a reputation as one of the five premium wine auctions in the world?

Looking back, the Nederburg Auction mirrors the South African wine industry. It reflects its finest, and bears witness to its challenges. Overall, we’re confident that it has provided a respected and trusted showcase for some of South Africa’s top-tier wines, and the opportunity for their fair and equitable distribution.

While prices achieved in 2014 truly reflected the exceptional quality of the wines on offer, proving that icon South African wines are no longer undervalued, that is no reason to rest on our laurels. Now, more than ever, we must look ahead. Beyond, our 2015 theme, is therefore as much an attempt to chart our own course as it is to impact the industry’s future.

For 40 years, the Nederburg Auction has invested in excellence as the country’s prime platform for the sale of rare, premium wines. It is this spotlight on beautifully aged South African wines that has become the Nederburg Auction’s legacy, setting it apart from all other fine wine platforms.

Forty-one years later, it is time for the Auction to take that legacy and inspire the icon wines of the future. It is true that icon wines take decades to create. Sadly, that no longer fits easily into today’s instant gratification society, where many wines are made for immediate enjoyment.

The Nederburg Auction’s mission therefore, is to ensure that the legacy of creating iconic wines, those with long-term ageing potential, continues. And along with it our country’s rich, beautiful, rare wine heritage, evident in every bottle purchased at the Nederburg Auction.

Of course we cannot achieve this without our icon producers. Charting their own course is resulting in winemaking that is confident, imaginative, sensitive and highly responsive to their specific environment. And it is via an inclusive platform such as the Nederburg Auction that they can really excel, leveraging the opportunity to put forward something really special that through the selection process rewards quality above all, but also character and definition. These are elements that can only be achieved by attention to detail, both in the vineyard and in the cellar.

We encourage that enthusiastic confidence among our producers, and hope to play a palpable part in building the wine heroes of the future while protecting the best of our winemaking past. This is our story. It’s one that the Nederburg Auction will embrace as it marks its 41stedition, and we invite you to join us in celebrating the future successes of South Africa’s best, rare wines.

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The 2014 Nederburg Action Catalogue

Celebrating 40 Years Of Artistry

It was an extraordinary few weeks in the spring of 1968 that set the Nederburg Auction on its course. Rain, an unexpected week of sunshine and dehydrating wind, then disaster. Rot running rampant through vineyards, an entire vintage at risk.

But through this exceptional time, an exceptional man sensed opportunity. Nederburg cellarmaster Günter Brözel retired to his cellar to create a wine that could not exist but for this particular set of circumstances: Edelkeur. The wine that launched the Nederburg Auction.

Brözel always carefully qualifies this contribution to South African wine. “First”, he says “you need balance. In art, in wine, as in life and birth, only when all elements are in balance, can artists ply their craft, can great creations manifest. And such creations”, he said, “deserved a special sales platform”.

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The 2013 Nederburg Action Catalogue

Seal of Authenticity

The 2013 Nederburg Auction is adding another facet to its already world-renowned benchmark pursuit of unique character, quality and style. This year, the Auction is also actively pursuing greater authenticity in both the user experience and origin of wines on offer.

“We have chosen to focus on the theme word ‘authenticity’ for 2013, not only as a means to highlight the Auction’s renewed focus on quality, but also to bring South Africa’s Wine of Origin legislation back into the spotlight, alongside the Auction’s own unique Seal of Approval that is affixed to all bottles sold at the Auction as a mark of quality and authenticity”, says Nederburg Auction manager Dalene Steyn.

Its line-up is taking guests on a journey from the cool Coastal Region, through the Breede River Valley, across to the Klein Karoo and down to the Cape South Coast, this year exploring the extensive diversity of South Africa’s vineyards, terroir and winemaking expertise.

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The 2012 Nederburg Action Catalogue

Discover Your Senses

It’s only through our senses that we make sense of the world. It’s how we navigate and how we define ourselves. Sensory experiences trigger our memories, warn us of danger and help us to change.

This year’s Nederburg Auction plans to let you Discover Your Senses in fresh, exciting new ways. We invite you to indulge in the ultimate sensory experience as we celebrate 38 years of selling the cream of South Africa’s wines.

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” – Ernest Hemingway

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The 2011 Nederburg Action Catalogue

The Expression Inside

As humans we have always felt the need to express what’s inside. In fact, the oldest artworks found to date are believed to have been created between 300 000 and 700 000 years ago; the oldest musical instrument discovered is a flute made from bone and thought to be around 60 000 years old. It is inherent in each and every one of us to express what’s inside.

These days we express ourselves through the way we dress, the way we dance, the become a major event on the local and international wine calendar, one that is known for showcasing only the cream of South Africa’s finest wines.

Offering a rare opportunity to select, sample and bid on a stringently selected range of wines from the country’s premium winemakers, estates and cellars, the Nederburg Auction’s expression lies in its desire to encourage greater wine standards, develop an awareness of South African style of our hair, our choice in jewellery. And through this need for expression we create. We write songs, novels, speeches and poems. We design buildings, clothing, cars and furniture. We create art, music, food and of course, wine.

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The 2010 Nederburg Action Catalogue

A Celebration of Then and Now

Welcome to the passion, style and artistry that has made the Nederburg Auction of rare Cape wines, a towering event on the international wine calendar. Inspired by over three hundred years of South African winemaking, the auction offers a rare opportunity for wine buyers from around the world to select, sample and savour the pinnacle of South Africa’s wine selection.

Since 1975, the stately Drakenstein mountains of the Paarl Valley have been the backdrop to the annual Nederburg Auction of rare Cape wines. From humble beginnings and only a handful of vintages under the hammer at the very fi rst event, the auction has steadily grown in stature over the past thirty-fi ve years and is now the oldest auction in the New World of wine – a genuine showcase for South Africa’s pedigree wines.

Today the Nederburg Auction is a major star in the global wine lovers constellation, providing access to a stringently selected range of wines as well as high level recognition and reward for the country’s premium winemakers, estates and cellars. Even though South Africa has changed immeasurably over the last thirty-fi ve years, the passion for winemaking has remained undimmed.

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The 2009 Nederburg Action Catalogue

350 Years of Winemaking in South Africa

This year marks a major achievement on the historic timeline of the South African wine industry – 350 years of winemaking excellence.

The establishment by the Dutch East India Companyof a refreshment station at the Cape in 1652 had one single aim: to provide fresh food to the company’s merchant fleet on its voyages to India and surrounding areas. But much more evolved than that – the establishment of a trading station led to a flourishing wine industry and later to the birth of a nation.

Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape, planted a vineyard in the Company’s Gardens in 1655, and in 1659, a mere seven years after his arrival, the first wine was made from Cape grapes. Jan van Riebeeck’s diary entry of February 2, 1659 reads: “Today, praise be to God, wine was pressed for the first time from Cape grapes, and the new must was tested fresh from the vat.” To this day, six acres of the original vineyard survive as a botanical garden in central Cape Town.

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The 2008 Nederburg Action Catalogue

34th Nederburg Auction

The premier event on the South African wine calendar, the annual auction of rare Cape wines, has been organised by Nederburg since March 1975. This year sees the 34th Nederburg Auction. Over the years it has developed into an international event, where major local and overseas wine buyers bid for a stringently selected range of the finest wines produced by the Cape’s top estates, wineries and cellars. It is the oldest auction in the New World of wine. The Nederburg Auction is a tribute to the endeavours of South African winemakers over three centuries to improve their wines.

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