Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction line-up announced

The 31st Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has announced its treasure trove of 55 distinct, masterly crafted wines that will go under the hammer in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 3 October 2015. The South African wine industry showcase features small volumes of rare, individual wines all made exclusively for the auction by members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. Benchmarking winemaking excellence with wines of enduring worth is the signature of this annual auction where quality supersedes quantity particularly this year, with 258 fewer cases on offer than in 2014.

The 2015 auction line-up comprises 34 red wines, 17 white wines, three Méthode Cap Classiques and a straw wine making up the tally of 2 575 cases (6 x 750ml case equivalent).

“Great diversity with interesting blends and varietal wines in smaller volumes and case lots than in recent years, underscores our singular commitment to bolster creativity and setting new benchmarks that will improve the standing of South African wines,” says CWG Chairman, Andries Burger , who believes the auction, which is open to the public, offers some exciting new styles in addition to the core of well-established wines of great auction lineage that attracts small private buyers as well as more serious collectors and the influential wine trade year after year.

Innovation and experimentation amongst the reds online casino are a strong feature this year with various new wines making its auction debut. With a total of 12 wines, red blends, particularly Bordeaux-style, are a strong category this year, followed by Shiraz (8), Pinot Noir (5), Cabernet Sauvignon (4), Pinotage (3), Merlot (1) and Barbera (1).

Among the white wines, Chardonnay is the biggest single category with five entries, followed by Sauvignon Blanc (4), white blends (3), Chenin Blanc (2), Semillon (1), Semillon Gris (1), and Muscat de Frontignan (1).The three Cap Classiques to go under the hammer and only one straw wine.

This year’s magnum offerings are two Pinot Noirs, a 2010 and 2013 vintage, and a 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Auction stalwarts among the reds that are back with new vintages like the Saronsberg Die Erf Shiraz 2013.

All auction wines are selected after rigorous scrutiny in a blind tasting by the members of the Guild and tested by an independent laboratory to ensure that they are free of any defects and meet the highest standards of wine health measurement.

Since its inception in 1985, the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has become a benchmark of excellence and the CWG label is widely held as an authentic assurance of quality and craftsmanship.

Wine enthusiasts have the rare opportunity to taste the 2015 auction line-up at Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcases in Cape Town on Thursday, 13 August at the International Convention Centre (CTICC), and in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 26 August at the The Nedbank Atrium in Sandton. The Showcases are open to the public and tickets can be purchased via www.webtickets.co.za at R190.

The 31st Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, conducted by Henré Hablutzel of Hofmeyr Mills Auctioneers, is open to the public and will be held at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 3 October 2015. All buyers are required to pre-register for the auction through the Guild Office before Friday 25 September 2015 and prospective buyers who are unable to attend the auction, can take advantage of the telephonic and proxy bidding facilities.

For more information go to http://www.capewinemakersguild.com, contact the Guild Office on Tel: 021 852 0408 or email: info@capewinemakersguild.com.

Article adapted from: hotelandrestaurant