This year the first Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction was held on the 18th and 19th October at the Rupert Museum in the heart of Stellenbosch, wine country.
This month the auction continues in London, with famed auction house Christie’s selling two South African Super lots within their International Fine & Rare Wines Auction being held on the 28th and 29th of November. Featuring some of South Africa’s FINEST wines, the lots consist of an eclectic mix of established estate and young gun wines, the perfect snapshot of South African wine today. Echoing Neal Martin’s (formerly of Robert Parker Wine Advocates) sentiment: “I reiterate my claim that no country, no wine region has been as dynamic, progressive or indeed, as exciting as South Africa.”
This sentiment resonates with what I heard from Kristopher Tillery of Noble Hill last week, where he said that in a sense, the Old World, with all their firmly held traditions and regulations, essentially have nowhere to go (not that they NEED to go anywhere mind you, they’ve already reached the pinnacle of success), but that we, as an industry are in such a unique stage of our development, the possibilities are endless and all we seem to have is POTENTIAL. Potential to be great, different, and uniquely South African. All facets of the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction.
The auction, previously the Nederburg auction was established in 1975, representative of the industry giants at that time. Today, the evolution of the event as the CFRWA shows a commitment to the industry, rather than any one brand. As an industry-led platform, the CFRWA has demonstrated its commitment toward the preservation and continuation of South Africa’s rich and rare wine heritage with an eye toward international recognition, and a specific focus on the promotion of older South African wines. Ageability, on the world stage, being one of the major selling points of luxury wine. To that end, the auction has initiated one of the first-ever re-corking clinics of rare South African vintages, with the aim to prolong their lifespan and showcase just what we are capable of.
The inclusivity of the event means that not only the well-established estates are represented, but that the ever-growing pool of rare and unusual wine brands we’ve come to identify with enjoy center stage and the benefits of this initiative. As such we’ve taken it upon ourselves to secure you an allocation of some of OUR favourite lots and invite you to enjoy some of South Africa’s, certifiable, BEST wines.