FOOD & BEVERAGES: Guild Auction Wines Announced
Recent Western Cape Business News
Great diversity and a record number of white wines and debuts by new members are the hallmark of the 2010 selection of exclusive wines that will go under the hammer at the 26th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction to be held at Spier outside Stellenbosch on Saturday, 2 October.
Recognised as South Africa’s leading wine auction open to the wine trade and the general public with a turnover of over R5 million, the prestigious Guild Auction features an impressive lineup of 39 wines this year. All the wines are crafted exclusively for the auction and are meticulously selected in a blind tasting by members of the Guild to represent the pinnacle of what can be achieved in South African winemaking. This year’s auction wines, all poised to become rare collector’s items, include 21 red wines, 13 white wines, 3 Méthode Cap Classiques, a dessert wine and a port.
“Exactly the same number of wines as last year was picked in a very tough auction selection tasting,” says Guild Chairman Johan Malan of Simonsig, who considers the wines that made the cut this year a superb selection representing all the major categories.
“The 39 wines are spread over 19 different types and styles, offering great variety to please many different tastes. It reaffirms our members’ ability to create individualistic and exciting wines. Diversity is indeed in our Nature!” said Johan.
This year three new members, Andries Burger of Paul Cluver, Pierre Wahl of Rijk’s Private Cellar, and Frans Smit of Spier, are making their debut and the auction sees the return of some old stalwarts.
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