Since its inception in 1975, the Nederburg Auction, now known as the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction, has supported philanthropic initiatives in the Cape winelands through its network of bidders and patrons. On 19 October 2019, auction guests will once again have the opportunity to honour this tradition when they raise their paddles for charity at the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch
The charity auction is a highlight at the annual Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction; auction attendees can relax and bid during a lunch and network event on the Saturday after concluding a day of private bidding in the auction hall.
This year, the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction is proud to announce sp(i)eel, an arts therapies collective and non-profit organisation working throughout the greater Cape winelands, as the beneficiary of its charity auction. sp(i)eel’s recent projects include art therapy sessions to children in schools who may struggle with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Last year, more than R1.2 million was raised for charity. This year, the auction again presents philanthropic bidders with an incredible line-up of exceptional lots donated by its generous patrons. With a collective reserve estimate of R245 000, the line-up of charity items is set to make a real impact on those who benefit from sp(i)eel’s rehabilitation programmes.
Michael Fridjhon, internationally renowned wine critic and writer, will be the auctioneer at the charity auction. Commenting on the lots on offer he said: “The charity auction contains that rare combination of highly collectable local and international wines which offer great value to the buyer as well as to the charity benefiting from the sale. These are all true vinous rarities from which the purchasers can derive enjoyment as well as the satisfaction of supporting sp(i)eel.”
Fridjhon is also the patron donator of an iconic charity item: a Château Mouton Rothschild 2016 with a label designed and signed by South African artist William Kentridge. In the nexus between art and wine, the artist label series of Mouton Rothschild stands comfortably at the apex. Kentridge is the first South African artist to be invited to produce a label for Mouton Rothschild adorning this 2016 vintage.
It certainly is in good company. Other lots that have been included in this year’s charity auction are:
Château Palmer Margaux 1978, one of the great vintages of this Bordeaux producer.
Unbroken vertical of David & Nadia Elpidios and Aristargos by eponymous husband-and-wife duo.
A Jeroboam of Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 from Hemel-en-Aarde producer Newton Johnson, famed for their delicate Pinot Noir.
A trio of signed wines from Lebanon’s most famous vineyards, Château Musar (1979, 1989 & 1999), generously donated by Piet Beyers.
A limited edition of 40-year-old trio of Chateau Libertas Magnums 1979.
A selection of some the finest premier cru from the Côtes de Nuits, a Burgundian collection of Remoissenet Vosne Romanee Les Malconsorts 1969, Remoissenet Beaune 1er Marconnets 1971, and Jacques Prieur Musigny 1989.
From the best vintage of the mid-1960s, the Château Pichon Lalande Pauillac 1966.
Château Cheval Blanc St Emilion 1971, one of the Bordeaux greats.
Those who follow wealth reports will know that whisky is increasingly being seen as an investment of passion by high-net-worth collectors. To ignite this passion, two lots in this year’s charity auction are from famous whisky distilleries. The Ledaig Dùsgadh 42-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the oldest Ledaig bottled since the distillery reopened in 1972, and therefore one of their most significant. Another whisky lot on offer, the Scottish Tobermory 42-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is the rarest whisky ever made at this distillery.
Appropriately capturing the spirit of the Rugby World Cup, bidders can bid on the Vin de Trois, three Magnums produced by three famous Springbok rugby legends (1993): Jan Boland Coetzee, Hempies du Toit and Jannie Engelbrecht.
Knowing the value of experiences in the Cape winelands, the Le Lude Cap Classique Experience lot will ensure the generous bidder enjoys an all-things-bubbly experience at this famous Franschhoek Cap Classique producer.
Bidders interested in attending this exclusive wine event are urged to register on the auction website. Those unable to attend but still looking to bid, can do so by phone, proxy or mandate bidding.