David Nieuwoudt, treasurer for the CWG and Cederberg Cellars owner and cellarmaster, says: “With a small selection from reputable Shiraz producers, Shiraz will stay one of the favourites at the Auction this year. There is a strong line up of great Chardonnay, followed by Bordeaux-style red blends which will also get a lot of attention. With a positive outlook in the wine industry and a fine selection of fewer and smaller lots, I do anticipate keen bidding this year.”
The 2019 auction line-up comprises 28 red wines, 12 white wines, three Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) wines, brandy and one port-style wine, making up the tally of 1 932 cases. Last year a total of 2 012 cases went under the hammer and brought a turnover of R10 592 800.
Something old, something new
Pieter Ferreira’s innovative offering comprises six-bottle cases, each containing three bottles of Graham Beck Agrafe Fermented MCC 2014 and three bottles of Crown Cap Fermented MCC 2014. This is to show the difference between Agrafe (cork) Fermentation and that of the standard practice of Crown Cap Fermentation. This is the first of its kind on the CWG Auction.
In a new category of wine in South Africa, called Extended Barrel Aged Wine, Andrea Mullineux has entered her Leeu Passant Radicales Libres 2014. Leeu Passant Radicales Libres is an extended barrel age style Chardonnay, having spent five years maturing in oak wine.
Mullineux will also bring a touch of ‘old’ to the Auction, with her ‘The Gris’ Semillon Old Vines 2018. “This vineyard is a registered Heritage Vineyard as part of the Old Vine Project. Semillon Gris is an incredibly rare variety but used to make up 40% of Cape grape plantings in the 1850s and was referred to as Rooi Groendruif (Red Green Grape),” she explains.
Continuing in the heritage of winemaking, the Jordan CWG Chardonnay 2018 and the Jordan Sophia 2016 will be Gary Jordan’s 16th consecutive vintages for both wines on the CWG Auction. The Jordan Sophia has been rated as having secondary international investment potential and has previously been re-auctioned by Bonham’s in the UK.
Bringing a legacy to an end is Beyers Truter, who will be putting up his last wine for auction this year: a Beyerskloof CWG Traildust Pinotage 2017. He joined the Guild in 1985, the year of the first auction.
Bringing down the hammer
On the rostrum for this year’s auction are two internationally renowned auctioneers from Bonhams: Global Director of Fine Wine, Master of Wine Richard Harvey and Director of Modern and Contemporary African Art Giles Peppiatt.
The Cape Winemakers Guild Auction will take place on Saturday, 5 October 2019 at Spier, Stellenbosch. Registration for the auction will close on Wednesday, 18 September.