2016 Charity Auction Items

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Thelema Mountain Vineyards - Cabernet Vertical 1998 – 2009

12 x 750ml Cabernet, donated by Singita

Gyles Webb developed Thelema into what has become one of South Africa’s most renowned wine producers. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Thelema is a benchmark in the vanguard of serious modern contemporary long-lived SA wines. This vertical represents the second decade and beyond of the ‘Black Label Cabernet’ in a bespoke display box, and is donated by the Singita group of lodges, one of the foremost Auction buyers.

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House of Van Ryn’s, 42-year-old potstill brandy

1 x 750ml bottle organic potstill brandy, donated by Distell

Distell donated a one-of-a-kind 42-year-old House of Van Ryn’s potstill brandy in celebration of the Auction’s 42nd birthday.  Despite its age, the brandy matches the high standard set by the Nederburg Auction and still displays a nose rich in chocolate with hints of coffee, red berries and spice.

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Alto Rouge 1951

1 x 750ml bottle, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

In 1919, Alto owner Hennie Malan set about to plant only red varietals on the high slopes of the farm, and started a rich tradition of excellence that resulted in one of the great South African wines of the era. Alto’s Cabernet Sauvignon was particularly fine and unlike many of the time, didn’t contain any Cinsaut. This is one of the rarest South African red wines seen on the market and it’s a true collector’s item.

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Château Haut Brion Premier Grand Cru 1966

1 x 730ml bottle, donated by the Distell Tabernacle

Thomas Jefferson, the American ambassador to Paris and later President of the United States of America, visited French vineyards in 1787 and commented on the fine soils, singling out Haut Brion as one that would please the American palate most. Classified a First Growth in 1855, Haut-Brion has done everything possible ever since then to maintain its standing. Haut Brion, together with Latour, are the Premier Cru that have been most consistent for the last 100 years. The 1966 was a classic vintage in the Medoc and this wine has reached the twilight of its life. At 50 years it is not only a collector’s item but an unbelievable wine.

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Stellenbosch Cinsaut 1974

6 x 750ml bottles, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

The mid-1970’s marked a period of sustained economic growth in South Africa, followed by a period of political and economic difficulties marking the worst recession since the Second World War. With inflation running continually at double digit levels and real growth slowing down, expenditure on alcoholic beverages was affected. In line with the market situation, Stellenbosch Farmers ‘ Wine Trust sales declined from 1974 onwards but fortunately the spirits sector showed an increase. Despite opposition activity SWT held its market share in the wine sector while improving it in the spirits sector. The Stellenbosch Cinsaut range was sadly discontinued in 1974, but the remarkable vintage is showing incredibly well today. Cinsaut can age extremely well.

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Madeira Bual 1900

1 x 750ml bottles, donated by David Elswood MW

This wine was bottled by Manuel de Sousa Herdeiros Lda, from a limited edition that was bottled from demi-john in 1978. The bottle is numbered 1392 and labelled with Madeira Selo de Garantia neck seal‎. The level is perfect – into the neck with a wax capsule.

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Grangehurst Vertical Collection - Nikela, 2001, 2003, 2005

3 x 1.5L bottles, donated by Grangehurst Winery

“Nikela” is a Cape Blend first produced at Grangehurst in 1997. The word “Nikela” means a gift or tribute to one’s ancestors – this wine being a tribute to winemaker Jeremy Walker’s late parents, Eddie and Betty, who contributed greatly to the establishment of Grangehurst (named after their childhood homes “The Grange” and “Hurst Close” in England). The first five vintages of this wine – including the 2001 vintage – were blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and Merlot. From 2002 onwards, the blends have included Shiraz – so the 2003 and 2005 vintages are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Shiraz and Merlot. Grangehurst wines have a reputation for ageing well and these three vintages are all in fine condition.

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Briccho Boschis Elio Grasso, Navarini Criniera GD Vajra, Bricco delle Viole Massolino

6 x 750ml bottle, donated by Tim Atkin MW

Gianni Voerzio, Barolo, La Serra Conterno Fantino, Barolo, Sorì Ginestra Cavalletto, Barolo, Briccho Boschis Elio Grasso, Barolo, Navarini Criniera GD Vajra, Barolo,  Bricco delle Viole Massolino, Barolo.

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Le Bonheur Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

6 x 750ml bottles, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Le Bonheur Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 is attractive deep-ruby and garnet in colour. It has an integrated bouquet of blackcurrant and Cabernet Sauvignon aromas, well supported by rich woody spice. It is concentrated on the palate, full and round. There is a persistent tannic aftertaste.

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Rustenburg 1965

3 x 750ml bottles, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682. In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg – they have been at Rustenberg for over 70 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm. 1965 was a great vintage in the Cape and this is an extremely special and rare wine!

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Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Red 2004

1 x 3L bottle, donated by Mulderbosch Vineyards

The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound celebrates the virtues of Bordeaux’s great tradition of blending by being one of the first five varietal blends in the Cape. This wine is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc and displays a deep ruby colour. Blackcurrant, coffee, nutmeg, all spice, forest floor and mulberry aromas entice the nose. This follows through on the palate together with ripe plum, intense blackberry and voluptuous vanillin’s giving the wine great structure and complexity.

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Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

6 x 750ml bottle, donated from the Distell Tabernacle

One of the oldest continually available trademarks still on the market is Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon, the benchmark by which many other Cape Cabernets are judged. The blending principle is that of Bordeaux: it has never been one hundred per cent Cabernet, not even when John de Villiers was said to have crushed 10 parts Cabernet to one part Hermitage.

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2011 ABSA Pinotage – Top 10 Collection

10 x 750ml bottles, donated by the Pinotage Association

Beyerskloof Reserve Pinotage 2008, Diemersdal Reserve 2010, Fairview Primo 2009, Kanonkop 2006, KWV The Mentors 2009, Laibach 2010, Naledi 2009, Rijk’s 2007, Meerkat 2009, Windmeul Reserve 2010

The Pinotage Association was first introduced to the Nederburg Auction in 2002 – when the last five sets of their winning wines from the first Absa Top Ten Pinotage Competition in 1997 were auctioned.

This year, winning wines from the 2011 competition are on offer as part of the annual charity auction collection. The Association was founded in 1995 by a number of Pinotage producers dedicated to improving and promoting wine made from this unique South African grape variety.

Through the generous sponsorship of Absa Bank, the Association was able to launch a competition during 1997 to designate the Top Ten Pinotage wines available annually in commercial quantities. The primary purpose of 10 winners instead of only one, as in most other competitions, is to give exposure to the whole spectrum of the best Pinotage wines that are locally available.

This competition has succeeded in creating a benchmark for the development of distinctively styled South African Pinotage wines to ensure its uniqueness in the international wine world.

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Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2003 – 2008 & The Bourchard Finlayson Hannibal 2007 – 2009, 2011 – 2013

12 x 1.5L bottles, donated by Distell (Pty) Ltd.

Galpin Peak Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir carries the crown of being the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties. The beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places where the exact balance provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape.

The Bourchard Finlayson Hannibal

Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties: Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.  The importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of this highly successful blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later.  The name “Hannibal” was adopted as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the wine lands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general.

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Nederburg Private Bin Cabernet Sauvignon – The story of a decade

10 x 750ml bottles, donated by Distell head winemaker, Razvan Macici, on behalf of Nederburg

Nederburg’s signature red is undoubtedly Cabernet Sauvignon. A variety that offers winemakers a wonderful chance to tell the story of vineyard site, it also offers the potential to produce wines of remarkable depth, intensity and length of flavour that can age with consummate grace.

That is why it has always been a great privilege to make such wines for our exclusive Private Bin collection offered only at the annual Nederburg Auction. They are all handmade and sourced from the best-of-best vineyards with additional bunch and berry selection taking place in the cellar to ensure only the finest of fruit. These Private Bin R163 wines from 2001 to 2010 represent a once-off ensemble. Intended as an evocation of vineyard, vintage, legacy but also of new thinking, they are a unique expression of Nederburg’s history.

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Taylor’s Vintage Port, 1948

1 x 750ml bottle, donated by WineCellar.co.za

1948 was not a widely declared Port year, but Taylor’s is regarded as the wine of the vintage.

Neal Martin awarded the wine the Magic 100/100 in 2012, with Spectator offering an almost perfect 99 points.

“This is the greatest bottle of ’48 Taylors that I have ever encountered. It has a bouquet that you want to wrap up, take home and mount on your mantelpiece.  Indescribably pure scents of raspberry, leather, truffle, granite and minerals. You could pick each scent from the air. The palate is sheer perfection – you cannot envisage how a mature port could be any better. It is blessed with brilliant delineation, sensational power that is totally controlled and startling precision and tension on the finish. Heavenly. Drink now-2040.” – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

“I have had this numerous times and I have always been bowled over by its great quality. It is teeming with plum aromas and flavors. Deep ruby-red, with coffee, cocoa, violet and plum aromas, full-bodied, with ripe fruit flavors, medium tannins and a balanced finish. Very firm and refined, it will age on and on.” – Wine Spectator

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Verdelho CVM 1882

1 x 750ml bottle, donated by Patrick Grubb MW

“The 1882 Verdelho, CVM is a stencilled bottle with a wax capsule. It originates from a private stock of a previous director of the Compania Vinicola da Madeira. So many of the original bottles shattered, when the stock was recorked last year, that it was decided to decant all the bottles into new glass, recork, recapsule and stencil all the stock. I have tasted the wine with friends and it was much appreciated!” – Patrick Grubb MW

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Petrus, 1988 signed by Christian Moueix

1 x 750ml bottle, donated by Anthony Barne MW

“This name is synonymous with the very best that Bordeaux can produce, only Lafite-Rothschild can match it in renown around the world and yet, for every seven or more bottles that pass through the gates of Lafite, only one leaves Pétrus. When Christian Moueix, the founder of Dominus and, at the time, managing co-owner of Pétrus, handed me this bottle in 1991he said: ‘This is not one of the great vintages of Pétrus, but it’s certainly a good one’. ‘Good’ by his very exacting standards would be enough for me but now I’ll never get to try it!” – Anthony Barne MW