In ‘Pursuit of Perfection’ at 43rd Nederburg Auction in Paarl

THE NEDERBURG AUCTION is an opportunity to buy some rare South African wines at what is reputed to be the fifth biggest sale of its kind in the world and the the ‘Oldest in the New World’. For most wine lovers, attendance is still by invitation only, but whether you purchase with the help of a retailer bidding on your behalf, via telephone or written bid, or if you can convince the organisers that you’re a serious buyer with a wallet that’s big enough to warrant an entrance ticket and bidding paddle, there’s always something special that comes under the hammer.

So what to consider buying from the 65 producers who will be represented at the sale on Saturday 16 September 2017? Of course, the selection panel would reason that the 126 wines to come under the hammer are all very good. However, if you’re buying on the basis of status or pedigree, track record or age, then here are some of the items most likely to reward:

 

Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2005 (Port)
15 six × 500ml cases at reserve price of R1800pc (R300pb)

Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2006 (Port)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R2100pc (R350pb)

Cape Point Isliedh 2013 (Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1450pc (R242pb)

Chateau Libertas 1957 from Distell (Red Blend)
1 six-bottle case at reserve price of R6000pc (R1000pb)

Chateau Libertas 1967 from Distell (Red Blend)
1 six × 375ml case at reserve price of R3000pc (R500 / 375ml)

Credo Verdelho 2015 from Stellenbosch Vineyards
15 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1500pc (R250pb)

De Grendel Merlot 2010
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R840pc (R140pb)

De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2006 (Port)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1800pc (R300pb)

DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2012 (Blend)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1320pc (R220pb)

DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2005
5 four-magnum cases at reserve price of R3500pc (R583pm)

Desiderius Pongrácz 2003 from Distell (Cap Classique Sparkling)
30 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1500pc (R250pb)

Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Noble Late Harvest 2012
5 six × 375ml cases at reserve price of R700pc (R117 / 375ml)

Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2011
15 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1580pc (R263pb)

Eikendal Merlot 2009
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1400pc (R233pb)

Fleur du Cap Special Late Harvest 1983
1 three-bottle cases at reserve price of R750pc (R250pb)

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2012
22 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R750pc (R125pb)

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot 2006
15 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1100pc (R183pb)

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Viognier 2004
18 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R900pc (R150pb)

Iona Chardonnay 2014
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R3000pc (R500pb)

JC Le Roux Scintilla 2001
15 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1200pc (R200pb)

Jordan Cobblers Hill 2003 (Red Blend)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R3690pc (R615pb)

Jordan Cobblers Hill 2012 (Red Blend)
10 four-magnum cases at reserve price of R3860pc (R965pm)

Kanonkop Pinotage 2004
20 four-magnum cases at reserve price of R3200pc (R800pm)

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc 2009
1 six-bottle case at reserve price of R3320pc (R553pb)

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin Blanc Single Barrel 2014
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R3660pc (R610pb)

La Motte Cabernet Sauvignon 1987
20 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R890pc (R148pb)

La Motte Millennium 1997
15 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R680pc (R113pb)

Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1970
4 six × 375ml cases at reserve price of R3000pc (R500 / 375ml)

Lanzerac Pinotage 1992
4 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R3000pc (R500pb)

Meerlust Bordeaux Blend 1978
1 three-bottle case at reserve price of R3000pc (R1000pb)

Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 1980
1 three-magnum case at reserve price of R3000pc (R1000pm)

Monis Very Old Tawny Port 1989
1 six-bottle case at reserve price of R1800pc (R300pb)

Morgenster Reserve 2005 (Red Blend)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R2490pc (R415pb)

Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 1982
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R2490pc (R415pb)

Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 1989 (Dessert)
2 six × 375ml cases at reserve price of R1800pc (R300pb)

Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2011 (Dessert)
20 six × 375ml cases at reserve price of R900pc (R150pb)

Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
45 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1500pc (R250pb)

Nuy Red Muscadel 2010 (Fortified Dessert)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R800pc (R133pb)

Nuy White Muscadel 2012 (Fortified Dessert)
10 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R800pc (R133pb)

Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2009 (Fortified Dessert)
20 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R360pc (R60pb)

Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013
20 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1500pc (R250pb)

Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2013
15 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1000pc (R167pb)

Stellenzicht 1997 (Red Blend)
20 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R2400pc (R400pb)

Stellenzicht Syrah 1994
15 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R5000pc (R833pb)

The Dry Land Collection Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013 from Perdeberg
5 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R500pc (R83pb)

Tokara Director’s Reserve Red 2006 (Blend)
20 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R4140pc (R690pb)

Uitkyk Carlonet 1996 (Cabernet Sauvignon)
8 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R2400pc (R400pb)

Vondeling Babiana 2013 (White Blend)
20 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R1500pc (R250pb)

Warwick Cabernet Franc 2010
8 six-bottle cases at reserve price of R2400pc (R400pb)

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1987
1 six-bottle case at reserve price of R4500pc (R750pb)

Zonnebloem Shiraz 1977
1 six-bottle case at reserve price of R3800pc (R633pb)

 

For the complete catalogue and the selection panel’s tasting notes for everything on sale, see here. More info about the Nederburg Auction here.

 

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