Goldmine of Rarity for Buyers at the 2015 Nederburg Auction
A warm good afternoon,
As I write the very first newsflash for this year’s Nederburg Auction, winter has certainly arrived suddenly and with a vengeance in Stellenbosch. While it is cold and wet, I’m sure that the local dams and reservoirs are grateful to receive some much-needed water in our area.
Despite the weather, I am really excited to share with you the official line-up of wines for the 41st annual Nederburg Auction.
We’ve worked really hard to encourage producers to submit those amazing wines they tend to hide away – whether for a wedding, or a 21st, or a 60th birthday celebration.
It was so rewarding to listen to the judges’ comments – they were clearly as impressed with the wines as we were. Take a short behind-the-scenes look at the intense two-day selection process with commentary from the selection panel on their preferred wines and styles.
I have observed that it is becoming more difficult for a wine to pass the selection panel’s criteria – this partly due to the fact that SA is currently rated by many influential wine writers as one of the most exciting wine producing countries – and our panel believes that the Nederburg Auction wine line-up must live up to these statements.
This makes it tough for us, but great for the bidders. The 2015 selection, which includes a vintage that dates back to 1800, represents the pinnacle of South Africa’s rare wine spectrum and means that you will be completely spoilt for choice.
This year a number of marvellous old wines come from Distell’s exclusive wine library, called the Tabernacle, which houses a veritable treasure trove of old wine gems that bear testimony to both the winemaking techniques of yesteryear and the exuberant quality older South African wines. As Roland Peens, director of fine wine importer Wine Cellar, recently commented: “These wines are particularly special in that they weren’t made for the intention of ageing, at least not for 40 to 50 years. Therefore very little was kept for maturation and investment. Perfectly stored vintage SA wines are extremely rare, adding to the mystique and auction value”
The 2015 collection comprises of 61 red wines, 35 white wines, 12 dessert wines, six fortified wines, nine Ports and seven MCCs. A total of 67 producers are represented, including debut participants Anura, Axe Hill, Bloemendal and Pella.
Next on our calendar is the annual pre-auction tastings. Both informal tastings, hosted by sommelier Higgo Jacobs as well as tutored tastings hosted by Roland Peens, will be held in Cape Town on the 21st of July and in Johannesburg on the 23rd of July. Like the Auction, these tastings are by invitation only. Due to the scarcity of the Nederburg Auction wines we can only accommodate a handful of buyers and tickets by nature are reserved for our top buyers. If however you are seriously keen to taste these wines you are welcome to contact me before close of business on Monday 22nd June. Otherwise you will have the opportunity to taste these wines on the morning of the Auction when producers will be showcasing their wines.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or queries. In the meantime we invite you to save the 11th and 12th September in your calendar.
I look forward to connecting with you again very soon.