Top-priced bottles from South Africa’s Top 100 Cellars – the ultra-premium luxuries

WHAT LEADS TO a wine being positioned as ultra-premium price-wise could be a rarity factor coupled with consumer/collector demand, the investment that’s gone into the maturation/ageing of the product, brand value, perhaps simply the cellar’s wish to offer a statement wine demanding attention even when or precisely because it’s beyond the realm of affordability for many folks.

Invariably though – not always but usually – there’s something extra special about a bottle of wine from a Top 100 Cellar that’s selling locally for over R500, let alone R1000 plus. The tendency is for the flagships or icon wines to be what the cellarmasters or proprietors consider to be their finest, their very best, the pinnacle of what they think they’re able to achieve on their properties – which is all the more likely if the wine is from a producer with a proven track record for classy wine that is more readily available.

Even if the flag-bearer’s only advantage over its stable companions is a barrel selection, the pick of the best of the batch… Even if the quality difference is marginal, debateable or in question… Who wouldn’t want to experience what the country’s Mr Chenin (Ken Forrester) regards as his top wine, what the most famous Pinotage brand owner reckons is king at Kanonkop, what some of the rock stars among South Africa’s winemakers such as Eben Sadie, André van Rensburg (Vergelgen) and Bruwer Raats can get up to when pushing the envelope, what the sweet KWV dessert wines and ports are like after having been stashed away in their cellars since the days of our forefathers and their forefathers before them…



R10 000 – KWV Bin B14 Late Bottled Vintage Red Muscadel 1930 (Fortified Dessert)
R6500 – KWV Tawny Port 1948
R6000 – KWV Ruby Port 1949
R5500 – KWV White Muscadel 1968 (Fortified Dessert)
R5000 – KWV Muscadel Jerepigo 1969 (Fortified Dessert)
R1250 – Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2012
R1200 – Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2009 (Red Blend, Shiraz Based)
R1020 – Vergelegen V 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon)
R900 – Hanneli R 2009 from La Motte (Red Blend, Shiraz Based)
R850 – Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 2011
R850 – Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2005
R800 – Mvemve Raats De Compostella 2012 (Red Blend, Bordeaux Style)
R765 – The Jem 2009 from Waterford (Red Blend)
R750 – Flagstone Time Manner Place Pinotage 2010
R750 – Rijk’s Pinotage 888 2009
R738 – Bouchard Finlayson Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2010
R695 – Spier’s Frans K Smit 2007 (Red Blend)
R694 – Sadie’s Mev Kirsten 2012 (Chenin Blanc)
R690 – Graham Beck Ad Honorem 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Blend)
R675 – Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2005
R685 – Mullineux Granite Syrah 2012
R685 – Mullineux Iron Syrah 2012
R685 – Mullineux Schist Syrah 2012
R630 – Ernie Els Signature 2011 (Red Blend, Bordeaux Style)
R620 – Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2008 (Natural Sweet Muscat, 500ml)
R605 – Sadie Columella  2011 (Red Blend, Rhône Style)
R600 – KWV Abraham Perold Insignis 2011 (Shiraz)
R600 – KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2011 (Cape Blend, Pinotage Based)
R525 – Steenberg Magna Carta 2011 (White Blend, Bordeaux Style)
R520 – Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2007 (MCC Sparkling from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay)
R500 – De Trafford Elevation 393 2004 (Red Blend)
R500 – The FMC Première Seléction Moelleux 2010 from Ken Forrester (Chenin Blanc)
R500 – Stellenrust Douwe Steyn 2007 (Cabernet Sauvignon)