With the world market increasingly focused on the fine and rare wines from South Africa, the Cape Winelands is in a stronger position than ever to showcase its fine wine investments. This year, the Cape Winelands is proud to host its first-ever Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, an evolution of the historic Nederburg Auction in 1975.
This premium auction event will be led by South Africa’s wine producers, who will offer their iconic local wines on a single, collaborative platform. The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will unite industry stalwarts and emerging winemakers, to showcase Cape wine at its finest to local and international audiences and buyers.
The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will feature wines from some of the country’s most exclusive wine vaults: A selection of Klein Constantia’s famous Vin de Constance, historically venerated in literature by both Charles Dickens and Jane Austen for its calming properties, will be made available. Buyers will also be able to claim lots of Kanonkop’s Paul Sauer 1995, a predecessor of the famous 2015 vintage which was the first-ever South African wine on release to elicit a perfect score (100/100) from an international wine critic. A selection of new wave Cinsault-led wines by producers such as Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Sadie Family Wines, Naudé, Darling Cellars, Roodekrantz, and Metzer Family Wines inspired by old vines and wines such as the 1959 Chateau Libertas lot have also been included in the Auction catalogue.
“The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction provides a perfect juxtaposition between the past and the future. Buyers will appreciate that the curated list highlights the similarities between South Africa’s stalwart producers and their younger counterparts. The auction thus really reflects the deep-seated respect and camaraderie of the local wine industry,” said Auction curators.
This year sees a number of debut participants including Alheit Vineyards (Magnetic North), Boschkloof (Epilogue), Dalla Cia (Georgio & Teano), Keermont (Fleurfontein), Keet (First Verse), Lismore (Syrah), Luddite (Niels Verburg Shiraz), Newton Johnson Family Vineyards (Family Vineyards Pinot Noir), Sadie Family Wines (Columella) and Waterford Estate (The Jem) entered into the auction line-up.
Fundamentally an exercise in showcasing the value of Cape wine, the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will be executed by the international auction house, Christie’s. Facilitating the international reach of the auction, Christie’s has included a South African ‘super lot’ in their Fine & Rare Wine Auction later this year in London, followed by a similar offer in Hong Kong in 2020. This will ensure international exposure and set the tone befitting the competitive quality and history of South African wine.
The two-day event will open with a pre-tasting at the Rupert Museum on the 18th of October. A charity auction on Saturday, 19th October, will be preceded by the main auction. For a full list of the wine on auction, please go here.