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Recorking of legendary Grand Constance 1821 in honour of preserving the Cape’s vinous legacy

Posted on September 20th, 2019
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South Africa’s proud wine heritage was recently highlighted when one of our most celebrated wines was recorked to prolong its already venerable lifespan of 198 years. At such an age, the Grand Constance 1821 dessert wine stands amongst some of the Old-World stalwarts and demonstrates South Africa’s comparable winemaking, even 198 years ago.

This noble sweet wine was once known as one of the world’s finest wines and enjoyed acclaim among emperors, kings and soon became a regular feature in 19th century literature. Production of this famous South African wine ceased towards the end of that century when a massive outbreak of the dreaded phylloxera virus caused devastation throughout the wine producing world. Today, only a precious few bottles of the original Grand Constance are guarded in cellars worldwide – making the complex process of furnishing one of these rare bottles with a new cork an incredibly important moment in the preservation of its heritage.

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The certified process was conducted by Libertas Vineyards and Estates in association with the world’s leading cork producer, Amorim Cork. Both Libertas and Amorim wanted to focus their attention on safeguarding the Cape Winelands’ proud legacy of fine winemaking for future generations. A legacy at the very core of the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction to be held on the 18 and 19 October in Stellenbosch this year.

Although the Grand Constance 1821, once a coveted item at auctions attended by Europe’s elite, is too scarce to be included as an auction item, curators have ensured that the noble era of South Africa’s most famous wine lives on in the fine heritage wines that have been included in the auction catalogue – expertly curated by Master of Wine (MW) Cathy van Zyl, wine critic and columnist Michael Fridjhon, and wine judge and Singita wine buyer François Rautenbach.

Bidders and investors seeking collectable vintages of Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance, the modern reincarnation of the famous Grand Constance first introduced in 1986, will have the opportunity to bid on the following lots:

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1993
Reserve price: R45,000
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 500ml 1990s Vintages of Vin de Constance are increasingly difficult to find and this particular one is no longer available in trade. It was rated 92 points by Jamie Goode: “Lovely fresh herby edge to the sweet raisin and butterscotch nose. There’s lots of spicy complexity and a hint of volatility. The palate is bright, fresh and citrussy with a deliciously sweet, rounded character countered by spiciness and bright acidity.” (Rated 2009

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2001
Reserve price: R40,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml This vintage earned 92 points from Wine Spectator. Its lead editor, James Molesworth, described it as: “Sweet and rich, but also super racy, with fresh-cut tangerine, orange and nectarine flavours, backed by bright acidity and a long, lingering finish of spice, orange zest and heather honey.” (Rated 2007

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2007
Reserve price: R10,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml The 2007 vintage was awarded 97 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, making it the highest rated South African sweet wine in history. Reviewer Neal Martin described it as “superlative… it offers a scintillating bouquet that is beautifully defined with mandarin, wild honey, lavender and Seville orange marmalade vying for attention on the nose. The palate displays …crystalline honeyed fruits and immense freshness and poise on the finish. Brilliant winemaking here – a South Africa legend that does not disappoint.” (Rated 2012)

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012
Reserve price: R8,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml Upon release, John Stimpfig of Decanter noted that this wine is certainly one of its best in the modern era. He added the following description: “Stunningly intense aromatic nose of fresh stem ginger, tangerine and quince. Fabulously balanced sweetness and zingy natural acidity provide the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous flavour spectrum of Seville orange marmalade, honeysuckle and spicy ginger with complex tertiary notes on the effortlessly long finish. The whole ensemble provides enormous precision, purity and pleasure.” It earned 97 points from this publication. (Rated 2016)

Note: Final knock-down prices are inclusive of all premiums and free delivery within South Africa, excludes VAT.

About the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction
The two-day event opens with a pre-tasting at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 October 2019. A charity auction on Saturday, 19 October, will be preceded by the main auction. Click here for a full list of the wines on auction.

Buyers interested in attending should register their interest as a buyer on the auction website. Bidders who are unable to attend, but still looking to bid, can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

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Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction announces exceptional lots

Posted on September 12th, 2019
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The prestigious Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, previously the Nederburg Auction, has announced the reserve prices of the wines that will go under the hammer at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 and 19 October this year.

All 124 wines on auction have gone through a meticulous selection process appraising both investment potential and wine quality. Buyers have the unique opportunity to secure some of South Africa's rarest and most sought-after wines. Having been kept at perfect cellaring conditions by the producers themselves, guaranteeing provenance and ideal maturation, each wine has gone through rigorous quality assessments. Some older vintages have been recorked thanks to the experts at Amorim Cork.

The distinguished, world-class wine selection, was curated by some of South Africa's most revered wine authorities, including Master of Wine Cathy van Zyl, wine judge François Rautenbach, and international wine judge and wine writer Michael Fridjhon.

In association with the internationally recognised auction house Christie's, the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will also present a selection of wines at the Christie's London Fine Wine Auction in November, thereby offering South African wine the global stage it deserves.

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction offers wine enthusiasts and collectors some of South Africa’s most iconic wines. These will be made available as exclusive lots, with competitive reserve prices to match, curators predict that these lots are bound to spark many a bidding war:

De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V 2004
Reserve price: R8,550
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 1 x 9ℓ. Highly awarded and no longer available anywhere else in the world, this is the last wine from this spectacular vintage and the first time in a decade that this Bordeaux-style wine will be made available to the public or trade as a 9ℓ-Salmanazar, equivalent to twelve bottles of wine. The De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V 2004 is an attractive investment piece, backed by equally attractive scores of 95/100 at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 and 94/100 in Tim Atkin’s South African Report 2017.

De Wetshof Edeloes 2005
Reserve price: R3,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml. Described as an “immortal wine”, this noble late harvest made from Rhine Riesling grapes is an exquisite example of the variety and style. Made in Robertson from a demarcation called Goudmyn (Gold Mine), which is known to produce white wines with remarkable ageability, by one of the region’s noble producers, De Wetshof Estate. The prestige and scarcity – only a few bottles remain at De Wetshof Estate’s cellar – make this a sought-after wine investment.

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1993
Reserve price: R45,000
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 500ml. In the 18th and 19th centuries this famous sweet wine of Constantia was recognised as one of the great wines of the world, and it remains one of the most revered sweet wines from South Africa. The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will provide bidders with the rare opportunity to secure wine from the 1993 vintage – a vintage that is no longer available in trade.

Meerlust Rubicon 1989
Reserve price: R4,200
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml. Touted as one of South Africa’s best examples of new-style reds when first released in 1980, the Meerlust Rubicon remains one of South Africa’s most famous Bordeaux-style reds. The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction provides bidders with an exclusive opportunity to secure an original from the 1980s.

Stellenryck Cabernet Sauvignon 1989
Reserve price: R4,200
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml. Wines under this label were deemed magnificent upon release and anyone tasting these old wines will agree that this description is still apt. Stellenryck was the pride of Dr Julius Laszlo,Cellar Master of the Bergkelder. Under his guise wines under this label became some of the finest expressions of classic winemaking, only bottled in fine years and highly sought-after.

The Sadie Family Wines Columella Double Vertical – 2001-2012 (750ml), 2005-2016 (1.5ℓ)
Reserve price: R54,000 (for a combined case totalling 24 bottles)
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 12 x 750ml & 12 x 1.5ℓ. This is the only lot of its kind and therefore an incredibly rare opportunity for the fortunate bidder to have a double unbroken vertical of one of South Africa’s finest wines in their cellar. Offered as a single lot of twelve 750ml-bottles (vintages 2001 to 2012) and twelve magnum bottles (vintages 2005 to 2016), this is predicted to be one of the most coveted lots on offer.

Vilafonté Series C 2005
Reserve price: R8,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 1 x 5ℓ. Only ten bottles of this rare Bordeaux-style wine were produced and have never been offered for sale. This lot will be offered as a single 5ℓ-Jeroboam sourced from this producer’s final remaining stock. Scarcity value and its biblical proportions, as well as a 92/100-rating in Wine Spectator and a 91/100-rating by Robert Parker, make this a coveted lot.

Waterford The Jem 2009
Reserve price: R6,600
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml. This is the only case of its kind made available to the auction and speaks towards the rarity of this red blend – once South Africa’s most expensive wine on the market. The 2009 vintage was a standout year for South African wines and Waterford The Jem 2009 epitomises this fine vintage.

Note: Final knock-down prices are inclusive of all premiums and free delivery within South Africa, excludes VAT.

About the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction
The two-day event opens with a pre-tasting at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 October 2019. A charity auction on Saturday, 19 October, will be preceded by the main auction. Click here for a full list of the wines on auction.

Buyers interested in attending should register their interest as a buyer on the auction website. Bidders who are unable to attend, but still looking to bid, can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

Keep up to date with auction news and events – follow the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Recorking clinic increases iconic wines’ investment value

Posted on September 6th, 2019
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Some of the Cape Winelands’ most precious collectable wines were recently given a new lease on life with an intricate recorking exercise. A precious line-up of rare vintage finds from the Tabernacle, South Africa’s most coveted wine vault, received brand new, taint-free, NDTech corks to guarantee the wines’ lifespan and increasing its value. The recorking process ensures the longevity of these South African wines within an international context by safeguarding their pristine condition for the exclusive Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction taking place at the Rupert Museum on 18 and 19 October 2019 in Stellenbosch

This certified process was conducted by Libertas Vineyard Estates in association with the world’s leading cork producer, Amorim Cork. “The process increases the value of these investment wines because it provides buyers with unmatched, certified quality. Several checks are put in place to ensure that the mature wines are still, and remains in, pristine condition,” says auction curators.

Delicate and intricate, the exercise was conducted by industry professionals Joaquim Sá, Managing Director of Amorim Cork South Africa, in consultation with wine industry expert Michael Fridjhon and sommelier Jean-Vincent Ridon.

VIDEO: Recorking rare vintage wines for the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction 2019

Apart from unbeatable provenance, traceable directly to wine producers and the Tabernacle’s perfect cellaring conditions, wines are carefully inspected by industry professionals. Experts check the ullage and test the wines for any defects like cork, TCA, brett, maderization or other potential problems. Wines that do show signs of evaporation are topped up with wine from the same vintage ensuring a full bottle. Only wines warranting exceptional quality are submitted for the auction.

Recorked wines will be included as exclusive lots during the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, including the treasures below:

Chateau Libertas 1959
Reserve price:R1,800
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 375ml This rare investment wine fetched the highest bid in the history of the Nederburg Auction last year at R15 000 for a case of three 750ml bottles of the 1968 vintage. A solid investment for the serious collector

Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1959
Reserve price: R2,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 2 x 750ml One of South Africa’s noble wines, the Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1959 still offers remarkable freshness and precision. This wine is incredibly difficult to come by and it stands to reason why only one lot comprising of two bottles will be on offer.

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1971
Reserve price: R4,500
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 750ml A noteworthy wine from the 1970s, the Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1971 shows beautiful purity and, despite its age, youthfulness.

Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 1979
Reserve price: R1,500
No of lots: 2. First lot case per lot: 2. Second lot case per lot: 1 Case size: 3 x 375ml Made by the legendary Günter Brözel, and the raison d'être for the Nederburg Auction, the famous sweet Edelkeurs of the 70s are well-represented with this rare gem.

Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 1989
Reserve price: R900
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases for each lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 375ml As the last vintage made by Günter Brözel, it’s indeed a fine tribute to a celebrated career. Only two lots of this famous and scarce noble late harvest wine will be made available.

Oude Libertas Pinot Noir 1979
Reserve price: R4,800 (for a combined case totalling 24 bottles)
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases for each lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 750ml This is the first Pinot Noir vintage released by Oude Libertas (Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery), during a year deemed ‘exceptional’ for Pinot Noir, and even then, this elusive wine was only available in limited quantities. One of the last cases of this rare wine will be offered at the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction and is therefore a key opportunity to secure this investment piece. A classic for the era.

Rustenberg Wines’ Rustenberg Dry Red 1974
Reserve price: R2,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 2 x 750ml Under the guidance of Cellar Master Etienne le Riche, Rustenberg became one of the Cape Winelands’ earliest leaders of red wines. The Rustenberg Dry Red is a Cabernet-Cinsaut blend and widely regarded as a wine from an iconic time, and one of the best vintages by this producer. The rarity is expressed in the limited opportunity to bid.

Zonnebloem Pinotage 1979
Reserve price: R6,000
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml An old Pinotage is something to behold, and Zonnebloem Pinotage 1979 is truly one of the finest wines made from South Africa’s signature grape. This wine’s age and rarity makes it one of the key lots.

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1969
Reserve price: R3,600
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 375ml Equally iconic and valued for its scarcity, the Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1969 is one of those rare bottles of wine of the 60s that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. The auction provides bidders one of the last chances to obtain this collector’s item.

Remarking on the quality of these wines, Fridjhon said: “It is amazing to taste how well these wines have been preserved, and how well these wines have stayed and been stored. Fifty or sixty years on, these long-dead winemakers have delivered to the next generation. (These bottles are) extraordinary and bring us in contact with a long past era.”

Each of these wines are numbered with a unique seal bearing a traceable, alpha-numeric number. The recorked bottles’ new corks are also branded with a unique alpha-numeric number ensuring authenticity.

Note: Final knock-down prices are inclusive of all premiums and free delivery within South Africa, excludes VAT.

About the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction
The two-day event opens with a pre-tasting at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 October 2019. A charity auction on Saturday, 19 October, will be preceded by the main auction. Click here for a full list of the wines on auction.

Buyers interested in attending should register their interest as a buyer on the auction website. Bidders who are unable to attend, but still looking to bid, can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

Keep up to date with auction news and events – follow the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Investing in the Cape’s finest: Introducing the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction 2019

Posted on May 26th, 2019
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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.

Representing 64 of South Africa’s best producers, the auction will be held on the 18th and 19th of October, at the Rupert Museum in the heart of Stellenbosch. Buyers will have the opportunity to bid and secure an investment in a choice of 128 wines, all with proven provenance. These fine and rare wines were painstakingly curated by some of the most respected South African wine insiders, including Master of Wine (MW) Cathy van Zyl, Critical Wine Writer and Columnist, Michael Fridjhon, and Wine Judge and Buyer François Rautenbach. Commenting on the selection process, Fridjhon said: “This is the first time - to my knowledge - that the selection process for an auction of this kind has included criteria around investment potential over and above a rigorous wine quality assessment. The older examples were checked to ensure they had aged gracefully. Where necessary mature wines were recorked. Everything has been done to ensure a perfect experience for the 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 (Giorgio & 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.

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will also allow buyers to rediscover brands like Plaisir de Merle and its 300-year history of making French-inspired wines on the slopes of the Simonsberg, and celebrate initiatives like the Old Vine Project side by side.

The curators added: “We included incredible heritage wines from the Tabernacle, arguably South Africa’s most famous rare wine vault, and with the help of Amorim Cork, the world’s leading cork supplier, we have re-corked all older vintage wines on auction this year, with fresh new Amorim NDTech corks, under strictly controlled and certified processes ”

Paying homage to the heritage of the event, Nederburg has its renowned Edelkeurs on offer, from 1979. Günter Brözel, Nederburg’s cellarmaster for 33 years until his retirement in 1989, was the creator of the famous Nederburg Edelkeur; the auction its only point of sale since its inception in 1975.

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 charitable auction on Saturday, 19th October, will be preceded by the main auction. For a full list of the wine on auction, please click here.

If you are interested in attending this exclusive wine event, please register your interest as a buyer on the auction website at www.CapeFineRareWine.Auction. Those unable to attend, but still looking to bid can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

Keep up to date with all auction news and events by following The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction on Twitter @CapeFineWineAuc Instagram: @CapeFineRareWineAuction Facebook: Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction.

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Submissions open for the 2019 Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

Posted on May 14th, 2019
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Submissions are now open for the 2019 Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, previously presented as the Nederburg Auction since 1975.

This is an exciting chapter in the South African wine auction landscape and brings a new focus, format, selection process and venue for a truly industry-led auction, centred around the high expectations of today’s wine enthusiasts, investors, collectors and producers.

The selection process has been rigorously debated by world-renowned judges, critics and influencers to ensure that the process aligns with other respected international wine auctions. Collectively they have shaped both the auction platform and the fine and rare wine industry. The final wine line-up will be strictly curated by a panel of expert judges, who are tasked with creating one of the most impressive wine-line-ups in the Auctions history. Strict criteria and absolute focus on quality, fine and rare wines with proven provenance and demand will guarantee that buyers can bid on highly collectable wines with confidence.

All South African producers are invited to submit their finest and rarest provenanced wines by the entry deadline, Tuesday 21 May 2019.

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction has also partnered with Amorim Corks to offer a recorking service to any producer wanting to submit older vintage wines. The recorking would typically be for wines that are 25 to 30 years and older. The process will be overseen by the producer and a recorking certificate issued. This is an important step in protecting our heritage wines and ensuring lasting legacies.

After 44 years at Nederburg in Paarl, the auction is moving to arguably one of South Africa’s most important homes for contemporary South African art, the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. The venue and auction create the perfect synergy between the South African visual arts, the art of winemaking and their shared purpose of promoting and curating heritage South African art in all forms.

The new venue allows the auction to be completely business-focussed as space and tickets will be limited to serious buyers only. Although icon wines are the main focus, guests can expect a fun-filled event with world-class wines, cuisine and excellent networking opportunities in a relaxed environment.

In addition to the South African auction, the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction has partnered with British auction house Christies to provide a Superlot at their London sale towards the end of this year. The Superlot’s will be rolled out to other major centres in a phased approach and will be selected by specialists in each region. Wines will only be selected from producers participating in the SA auction.

If you’re interested in participating and haven’t received an invitation to enter your wines, please contact the Auction Office on JLSmith@libertasvineyards.co.zaor 021 809 7740. The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will be held at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on Friday 18thand Saturday 19thOctober 2019.

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Nederburg Auction evolves into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

Posted on May 8th, 2019
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The historic Nederburg Auction launched in 1975, has entered an exciting new chapter by evolving into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction which will be held in October this year.

The strategic move is in line with Distell’s new premium and fine wine company, Libertas Vineyards and Estates, whose purpose is to support and drive the upselling and premiumisation of South African wine on the global stage.

CEO of Libertas Vineyards and Estates, Kay Nash, says the collective vision is to build an industry platform widening world wide access to South African fine wines and by doing so escalate the desirability and collectability of these wines.

“In order to achieve this, we believe that the auction can be a catalyst for change. By growing an industry platform for fine wine producers and leveraging our 44 years of experience and investment we will collectively raise interest in South African fine and rare wines and attract existing, and new local and global buyers.”

“Collectors and investors are increasingly seeking out wines that have a story and a strong connection to a particular place or vineyard. They seek rarity, quality and provenance which the line-up of fine and rare wines will certainly deliver on.”

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will introduce exciting changes, including moving from Nederburg to the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch and a new selection process and format. The final wine selection will be curated by a panel of expert judges with strict criteria focussing on quality, rarity and collectability as the main drivers. Philanthropy will remain a key element of the auctions DNA and focus for all the stakeholders.

The Auction will also collaborate with British Auction House Christie’s, by introducing a Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction Superlot at their Fine and Rare Wine Auction held in London later this year.

“This platform will provide participating South African producers significant exposure to new buyers and by partnering with Christie’s, we will benefit from their expertise and gravitas in the category and plan to build our presence at global events in a phased approach.“

To ensure the Auction delivers a platform that is inclusive and transparent, significant input has been sought from industry influencers, leaders and buyers. Nash says “the response has been inspiring.”

“In April we hosted a group of individuals, some who have and some who have never participated in the Nederburg Auction before, to provide input for the new format. The feedback has been constructive and extremely positive.”

“The change is all about collaboration and inclusivity. We will continue to work together with the producers, industry and buyers to deliver success for all stakeholders.

“We anticipate that the producers represented at the new format Auction will be diverse and the changed selection criteria and reinvented fundamental ethos of the Auction will encourage participation by South Africa’s finest producers.”The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will take place on 18 and 19 October at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. Tickets will be by invitation and we encourage potential buyers to contact the Auction Office on 021 809 7740 to register their interest.

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Recorking of legendary Grand Constance 1821 in honour of preserving the Cape’s vinous legacy

Posted on September 20th, 2019
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South Africa’s proud wine heritage was recently highlighted when one of our most celebrated wines was recorked to prolong its already venerable lifespan of 198 years. At such an age, the Grand Constance 1821 dessert wine stands amongst some of the Old-World stalwarts and demonstrates South Africa’s comparable winemaking, even 198 years ago.

This noble sweet wine was once known as one of the world’s finest wines and enjoyed acclaim among emperors, kings and soon became a regular feature in 19th century literature. Production of this famous South African wine ceased towards the end of that century when a massive outbreak of the dreaded phylloxera virus caused devastation throughout the wine producing world. Today, only a precious few bottles of the original Grand Constance are guarded in cellars worldwide – making the complex process of furnishing one of these rare bottles with a new cork an incredibly important moment in the preservation of its heritage.

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The certified process was conducted by Libertas Vineyards and Estates in association with the world’s leading cork producer, Amorim Cork. Both Libertas and Amorim wanted to focus their attention on safeguarding the Cape Winelands’ proud legacy of fine winemaking for future generations. A legacy at the very core of the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction to be held on the 18 and 19 October in Stellenbosch this year.

Although the Grand Constance 1821, once a coveted item at auctions attended by Europe’s elite, is too scarce to be included as an auction item, curators have ensured that the noble era of South Africa’s most famous wine lives on in the fine heritage wines that have been included in the auction catalogue – expertly curated by Master of Wine (MW) Cathy van Zyl, wine critic and columnist Michael Fridjhon, and wine judge and Singita wine buyer François Rautenbach.

Bidders and investors seeking collectable vintages of Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance, the modern reincarnation of the famous Grand Constance first introduced in 1986, will have the opportunity to bid on the following lots:

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1993
Reserve price: R45,000
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 500ml 1990s Vintages of Vin de Constance are increasingly difficult to find and this particular one is no longer available in trade. It was rated 92 points by Jamie Goode: “Lovely fresh herby edge to the sweet raisin and butterscotch nose. There’s lots of spicy complexity and a hint of volatility. The palate is bright, fresh and citrussy with a deliciously sweet, rounded character countered by spiciness and bright acidity.” (Rated 2009

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2001
Reserve price: R40,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml This vintage earned 92 points from Wine Spectator. Its lead editor, James Molesworth, described it as: “Sweet and rich, but also super racy, with fresh-cut tangerine, orange and nectarine flavours, backed by bright acidity and a long, lingering finish of spice, orange zest and heather honey.” (Rated 2007

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2007
Reserve price: R10,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml The 2007 vintage was awarded 97 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, making it the highest rated South African sweet wine in history. Reviewer Neal Martin described it as “superlative… it offers a scintillating bouquet that is beautifully defined with mandarin, wild honey, lavender and Seville orange marmalade vying for attention on the nose. The palate displays …crystalline honeyed fruits and immense freshness and poise on the finish. Brilliant winemaking here – a South Africa legend that does not disappoint.” (Rated 2012)

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012
Reserve price: R8,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml Upon release, John Stimpfig of Decanter noted that this wine is certainly one of its best in the modern era. He added the following description: “Stunningly intense aromatic nose of fresh stem ginger, tangerine and quince. Fabulously balanced sweetness and zingy natural acidity provide the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous flavour spectrum of Seville orange marmalade, honeysuckle and spicy ginger with complex tertiary notes on the effortlessly long finish. The whole ensemble provides enormous precision, purity and pleasure.” It earned 97 points from this publication. (Rated 2016)

Note: Final knock-down prices are inclusive of all premiums and free delivery within South Africa, excludes VAT.

About the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction
The two-day event opens with a pre-tasting at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 October 2019. A charity auction on Saturday, 19 October, will be preceded by the main auction. Click here for a full list of the wines on auction.

Buyers interested in attending should register their interest as a buyer on the auction website. Bidders who are unable to attend, but still looking to bid, can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

Keep up to date with auction news and events – follow the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction announces exceptional lots

Posted on September 12th, 2019
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The prestigious Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, previously the Nederburg Auction, has announced the reserve prices of the wines that will go under the hammer at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 and 19 October this year.

All 124 wines on auction have gone through a meticulous selection process appraising both investment potential and wine quality. Buyers have the unique opportunity to secure some of South Africa's rarest and most sought-after wines. Having been kept at perfect cellaring conditions by the producers themselves, guaranteeing provenance and ideal maturation, each wine has gone through rigorous quality assessments. Some older vintages have been recorked thanks to the experts at Amorim Cork.

The distinguished, world-class wine selection, was curated by some of South Africa's most revered wine authorities, including Master of Wine Cathy van Zyl, wine judge François Rautenbach, and international wine judge and wine writer Michael Fridjhon.

In association with the internationally recognised auction house Christie's, the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will also present a selection of wines at the Christie's London Fine Wine Auction in November, thereby offering South African wine the global stage it deserves.

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction offers wine enthusiasts and collectors some of South Africa’s most iconic wines. These will be made available as exclusive lots, with competitive reserve prices to match, curators predict that these lots are bound to spark many a bidding war:

De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V 2004
Reserve price: R8,550
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 1 x 9ℓ. Highly awarded and no longer available anywhere else in the world, this is the last wine from this spectacular vintage and the first time in a decade that this Bordeaux-style wine will be made available to the public or trade as a 9ℓ-Salmanazar, equivalent to twelve bottles of wine. The De Toren Private Cellar Fusion V 2004 is an attractive investment piece, backed by equally attractive scores of 95/100 at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 and 94/100 in Tim Atkin’s South African Report 2017.

De Wetshof Edeloes 2005
Reserve price: R3,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 500ml. Described as an “immortal wine”, this noble late harvest made from Rhine Riesling grapes is an exquisite example of the variety and style. Made in Robertson from a demarcation called Goudmyn (Gold Mine), which is known to produce white wines with remarkable ageability, by one of the region’s noble producers, De Wetshof Estate. The prestige and scarcity – only a few bottles remain at De Wetshof Estate’s cellar – make this a sought-after wine investment.

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1993
Reserve price: R45,000
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 500ml. In the 18th and 19th centuries this famous sweet wine of Constantia was recognised as one of the great wines of the world, and it remains one of the most revered sweet wines from South Africa. The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will provide bidders with the rare opportunity to secure wine from the 1993 vintage – a vintage that is no longer available in trade.

Meerlust Rubicon 1989
Reserve price: R4,200
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml. Touted as one of South Africa’s best examples of new-style reds when first released in 1980, the Meerlust Rubicon remains one of South Africa’s most famous Bordeaux-style reds. The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction provides bidders with an exclusive opportunity to secure an original from the 1980s.

Stellenryck Cabernet Sauvignon 1989
Reserve price: R4,200
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml. Wines under this label were deemed magnificent upon release and anyone tasting these old wines will agree that this description is still apt. Stellenryck was the pride of Dr Julius Laszlo,Cellar Master of the Bergkelder. Under his guise wines under this label became some of the finest expressions of classic winemaking, only bottled in fine years and highly sought-after.

The Sadie Family Wines Columella Double Vertical – 2001-2012 (750ml), 2005-2016 (1.5ℓ)
Reserve price: R54,000 (for a combined case totalling 24 bottles)
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 12 x 750ml & 12 x 1.5ℓ. This is the only lot of its kind and therefore an incredibly rare opportunity for the fortunate bidder to have a double unbroken vertical of one of South Africa’s finest wines in their cellar. Offered as a single lot of twelve 750ml-bottles (vintages 2001 to 2012) and twelve magnum bottles (vintages 2005 to 2016), this is predicted to be one of the most coveted lots on offer.

Vilafonté Series C 2005
Reserve price: R8,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 1 x 5ℓ. Only ten bottles of this rare Bordeaux-style wine were produced and have never been offered for sale. This lot will be offered as a single 5ℓ-Jeroboam sourced from this producer’s final remaining stock. Scarcity value and its biblical proportions, as well as a 92/100-rating in Wine Spectator and a 91/100-rating by Robert Parker, make this a coveted lot.

Waterford The Jem 2009
Reserve price: R6,600
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml. This is the only case of its kind made available to the auction and speaks towards the rarity of this red blend – once South Africa’s most expensive wine on the market. The 2009 vintage was a standout year for South African wines and Waterford The Jem 2009 epitomises this fine vintage.

Note: Final knock-down prices are inclusive of all premiums and free delivery within South Africa, excludes VAT.

About the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction
The two-day event opens with a pre-tasting at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 October 2019. A charity auction on Saturday, 19 October, will be preceded by the main auction. Click here for a full list of the wines on auction.

Buyers interested in attending should register their interest as a buyer on the auction website. Bidders who are unable to attend, but still looking to bid, can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

Keep up to date with auction news and events – follow the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Recorking clinic increases iconic wines’ investment value

Posted on September 6th, 2019
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Some of the Cape Winelands’ most precious collectable wines were recently given a new lease on life with an intricate recorking exercise. A precious line-up of rare vintage finds from the Tabernacle, South Africa’s most coveted wine vault, received brand new, taint-free, NDTech corks to guarantee the wines’ lifespan and increasing its value. The recorking process ensures the longevity of these South African wines within an international context by safeguarding their pristine condition for the exclusive Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction taking place at the Rupert Museum on 18 and 19 October 2019 in Stellenbosch

This certified process was conducted by Libertas Vineyard Estates in association with the world’s leading cork producer, Amorim Cork. “The process increases the value of these investment wines because it provides buyers with unmatched, certified quality. Several checks are put in place to ensure that the mature wines are still, and remains in, pristine condition,” says auction curators.

Delicate and intricate, the exercise was conducted by industry professionals Joaquim Sá, Managing Director of Amorim Cork South Africa, in consultation with wine industry expert Michael Fridjhon and sommelier Jean-Vincent Ridon.

VIDEO: Recorking rare vintage wines for the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction 2019

Apart from unbeatable provenance, traceable directly to wine producers and the Tabernacle’s perfect cellaring conditions, wines are carefully inspected by industry professionals. Experts check the ullage and test the wines for any defects like cork, TCA, brett, maderization or other potential problems. Wines that do show signs of evaporation are topped up with wine from the same vintage ensuring a full bottle. Only wines warranting exceptional quality are submitted for the auction.

Recorked wines will be included as exclusive lots during the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, including the treasures below:

Chateau Libertas 1959
Reserve price:R1,800
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 375ml This rare investment wine fetched the highest bid in the history of the Nederburg Auction last year at R15 000 for a case of three 750ml bottles of the 1968 vintage. A solid investment for the serious collector

Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1959
Reserve price: R2,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 2 x 750ml One of South Africa’s noble wines, the Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 1959 still offers remarkable freshness and precision. This wine is incredibly difficult to come by and it stands to reason why only one lot comprising of two bottles will be on offer.

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1971
Reserve price: R4,500
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 750ml A noteworthy wine from the 1970s, the Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1971 shows beautiful purity and, despite its age, youthfulness.

Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur 1979
Reserve price: R1,500
No of lots: 2. First lot case per lot: 2. Second lot case per lot: 1 Case size: 3 x 375ml Made by the legendary Günter Brözel, and the raison d'être for the Nederburg Auction, the famous sweet Edelkeurs of the 70s are well-represented with this rare gem.

Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 1989
Reserve price: R900
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases for each lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 375ml As the last vintage made by Günter Brözel, it’s indeed a fine tribute to a celebrated career. Only two lots of this famous and scarce noble late harvest wine will be made available.

Oude Libertas Pinot Noir 1979
Reserve price: R4,800 (for a combined case totalling 24 bottles)
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases for each lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 750ml This is the first Pinot Noir vintage released by Oude Libertas (Stellenbosch Farmers’ Winery), during a year deemed ‘exceptional’ for Pinot Noir, and even then, this elusive wine was only available in limited quantities. One of the last cases of this rare wine will be offered at the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction and is therefore a key opportunity to secure this investment piece. A classic for the era.

Rustenberg Wines’ Rustenberg Dry Red 1974
Reserve price: R2,000
No. of lots: 1. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 2 x 750ml Under the guidance of Cellar Master Etienne le Riche, Rustenberg became one of the Cape Winelands’ earliest leaders of red wines. The Rustenberg Dry Red is a Cabernet-Cinsaut blend and widely regarded as a wine from an iconic time, and one of the best vintages by this producer. The rarity is expressed in the limited opportunity to bid.

Zonnebloem Pinotage 1979
Reserve price: R6,000
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 6 x 750ml An old Pinotage is something to behold, and Zonnebloem Pinotage 1979 is truly one of the finest wines made from South Africa’s signature grape. This wine’s age and rarity makes it one of the key lots.

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1969
Reserve price: R3,600
No. of lots: 2. No. of cases per lot: 1. Case size: 3 x 375ml Equally iconic and valued for its scarcity, the Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1969 is one of those rare bottles of wine of the 60s that is becoming increasingly difficult to find. The auction provides bidders one of the last chances to obtain this collector’s item.

Remarking on the quality of these wines, Fridjhon said: “It is amazing to taste how well these wines have been preserved, and how well these wines have stayed and been stored. Fifty or sixty years on, these long-dead winemakers have delivered to the next generation. (These bottles are) extraordinary and bring us in contact with a long past era.”

Each of these wines are numbered with a unique seal bearing a traceable, alpha-numeric number. The recorked bottles’ new corks are also branded with a unique alpha-numeric number ensuring authenticity.

Note: Final knock-down prices are inclusive of all premiums and free delivery within South Africa, excludes VAT.

About the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction
The two-day event opens with a pre-tasting at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on 18 October 2019. A charity auction on Saturday, 19 October, will be preceded by the main auction. Click here for a full list of the wines on auction.

Buyers interested in attending should register their interest as a buyer on the auction website. Bidders who are unable to attend, but still looking to bid, can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

Keep up to date with auction news and events – follow the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Investing in the Cape’s finest: Introducing the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction 2019

Posted on May 26th, 2019
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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.

Representing 64 of South Africa’s best producers, the auction will be held on the 18th and 19th of October, at the Rupert Museum in the heart of Stellenbosch. Buyers will have the opportunity to bid and secure an investment in a choice of 128 wines, all with proven provenance. These fine and rare wines were painstakingly curated by some of the most respected South African wine insiders, including Master of Wine (MW) Cathy van Zyl, Critical Wine Writer and Columnist, Michael Fridjhon, and Wine Judge and Buyer François Rautenbach. Commenting on the selection process, Fridjhon said: “This is the first time - to my knowledge - that the selection process for an auction of this kind has included criteria around investment potential over and above a rigorous wine quality assessment. The older examples were checked to ensure they had aged gracefully. Where necessary mature wines were recorked. Everything has been done to ensure a perfect experience for the 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 (Giorgio & 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.

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will also allow buyers to rediscover brands like Plaisir de Merle and its 300-year history of making French-inspired wines on the slopes of the Simonsberg, and celebrate initiatives like the Old Vine Project side by side.

The curators added: “We included incredible heritage wines from the Tabernacle, arguably South Africa’s most famous rare wine vault, and with the help of Amorim Cork, the world’s leading cork supplier, we have re-corked all older vintage wines on auction this year, with fresh new Amorim NDTech corks, under strictly controlled and certified processes ”

Paying homage to the heritage of the event, Nederburg has its renowned Edelkeurs on offer, from 1979. Günter Brözel, Nederburg’s cellarmaster for 33 years until his retirement in 1989, was the creator of the famous Nederburg Edelkeur; the auction its only point of sale since its inception in 1975.

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 charitable auction on Saturday, 19th October, will be preceded by the main auction. For a full list of the wine on auction, please click here.

If you are interested in attending this exclusive wine event, please register your interest as a buyer on the auction website at www.CapeFineRareWine.Auction. Those unable to attend, but still looking to bid can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.

Keep up to date with all auction news and events by following The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction on Twitter @CapeFineWineAuc Instagram: @CapeFineRareWineAuction Facebook: Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction.

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Submissions open for the 2019 Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

Posted on May 14th, 2019
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Submissions are now open for the 2019 Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, previously presented as the Nederburg Auction since 1975.

This is an exciting chapter in the South African wine auction landscape and brings a new focus, format, selection process and venue for a truly industry-led auction, centred around the high expectations of today’s wine enthusiasts, investors, collectors and producers.

The selection process has been rigorously debated by world-renowned judges, critics and influencers to ensure that the process aligns with other respected international wine auctions. Collectively they have shaped both the auction platform and the fine and rare wine industry. The final wine line-up will be strictly curated by a panel of expert judges, who are tasked with creating one of the most impressive wine-line-ups in the Auctions history. Strict criteria and absolute focus on quality, fine and rare wines with proven provenance and demand will guarantee that buyers can bid on highly collectable wines with confidence.

All South African producers are invited to submit their finest and rarest provenanced wines by the entry deadline, Tuesday 21 May 2019.

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction has also partnered with Amorim Corks to offer a recorking service to any producer wanting to submit older vintage wines. The recorking would typically be for wines that are 25 to 30 years and older. The process will be overseen by the producer and a recorking certificate issued. This is an important step in protecting our heritage wines and ensuring lasting legacies.

After 44 years at Nederburg in Paarl, the auction is moving to arguably one of South Africa’s most important homes for contemporary South African art, the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. The venue and auction create the perfect synergy between the South African visual arts, the art of winemaking and their shared purpose of promoting and curating heritage South African art in all forms.

The new venue allows the auction to be completely business-focussed as space and tickets will be limited to serious buyers only. Although icon wines are the main focus, guests can expect a fun-filled event with world-class wines, cuisine and excellent networking opportunities in a relaxed environment.

In addition to the South African auction, the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction has partnered with British auction house Christies to provide a Superlot at their London sale towards the end of this year. The Superlot’s will be rolled out to other major centres in a phased approach and will be selected by specialists in each region. Wines will only be selected from producers participating in the SA auction.

If you’re interested in participating and haven’t received an invitation to enter your wines, please contact the Auction Office on JLSmith@libertasvineyards.co.zaor 021 809 7740. The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will be held at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch on Friday 18thand Saturday 19thOctober 2019.

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Nederburg Auction evolves into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction

Posted on May 8th, 2019
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The historic Nederburg Auction launched in 1975, has entered an exciting new chapter by evolving into the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction which will be held in October this year.

The strategic move is in line with Distell’s new premium and fine wine company, Libertas Vineyards and Estates, whose purpose is to support and drive the upselling and premiumisation of South African wine on the global stage.

CEO of Libertas Vineyards and Estates, Kay Nash, says the collective vision is to build an industry platform widening world wide access to South African fine wines and by doing so escalate the desirability and collectability of these wines.

“In order to achieve this, we believe that the auction can be a catalyst for change. By growing an industry platform for fine wine producers and leveraging our 44 years of experience and investment we will collectively raise interest in South African fine and rare wines and attract existing, and new local and global buyers.”

“Collectors and investors are increasingly seeking out wines that have a story and a strong connection to a particular place or vineyard. They seek rarity, quality and provenance which the line-up of fine and rare wines will certainly deliver on.”

The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will introduce exciting changes, including moving from Nederburg to the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch and a new selection process and format. The final wine selection will be curated by a panel of expert judges with strict criteria focussing on quality, rarity and collectability as the main drivers. Philanthropy will remain a key element of the auctions DNA and focus for all the stakeholders.

The Auction will also collaborate with British Auction House Christie’s, by introducing a Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction Superlot at their Fine and Rare Wine Auction held in London later this year.

“This platform will provide participating South African producers significant exposure to new buyers and by partnering with Christie’s, we will benefit from their expertise and gravitas in the category and plan to build our presence at global events in a phased approach.“

To ensure the Auction delivers a platform that is inclusive and transparent, significant input has been sought from industry influencers, leaders and buyers. Nash says “the response has been inspiring.”

“In April we hosted a group of individuals, some who have and some who have never participated in the Nederburg Auction before, to provide input for the new format. The feedback has been constructive and extremely positive.”

“The change is all about collaboration and inclusivity. We will continue to work together with the producers, industry and buyers to deliver success for all stakeholders.

“We anticipate that the producers represented at the new format Auction will be diverse and the changed selection criteria and reinvented fundamental ethos of the Auction will encourage participation by South Africa’s finest producers.”The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction will take place on 18 and 19 October at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. Tickets will be by invitation and we encourage potential buyers to contact the Auction Office on 021 809 7740 to register their interest.

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