BEVERAGES: Cape Winemakers Guild Scores
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The 2009 lineup of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction to be held at the Spier Convention Centre in the Stellenbosch winelands on Saturday, 3 October, has excelled at two blind tastings in New York with the vast majority of the auction wines breaking the venerable 90 point barrier once again. Both James Molesworth of Wine Spectator and Steve Tanzer of the authoritative International Wine Cellar, have given the 2009 auction wines exceptional reviews.
Of the 33 Guild wines tasted by Tanzer, 29 were rated 90 points or more, whilst James Molesworth’s 90 plus points tally on Wine Spectator’s infamous 100-point scale comprises 25 of the 31 auction wines he tasted.
Describing this year’s selection of Guild auction wines as “the best offering yet from South Africa’s top winemakers” and the best set of wines in the three years since he began reviewing these special releases, Molesworth had the following to say about this year’s auction line-up: “As a group, they showcase this still-developing wine country’s strengths – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, cool-climate whites and dessert wines.”
His top red auction wines which he scored at 93 points are the Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2007 and the Neil Ellis Rodanos 2007, whilst the Badenhorst Family Wines Kalmoesfontein Semillon Noble Late Harvest 2008 which he gave a 92 point score, is singled out as “one of the top wines on offer this year”.
Tanzer awarded his highest score of 93 points to four outstanding auction wines, namely the 2007 Cederberg Teen die Hoog Shiraz, the 2007 Neil Ellis Rodanos, the 2007 Louis Nel Neighbour’s Wrath Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2006 Boschkloof Auction Reserve Shiraz.
This year’s 41 auction wines include 27 red wines, 9 white wines, two dessert wines, a Méthode Cap Classique, a potstill brandy and a port.
The auction is open to the public and all the wines on offer are made exclusively by members of the Guild to represent the pinnacle of what can be achieved in South African winemaking.
Distinctly different from wines bottled under the members’ own labels, the CWG Auction wines are selected at a blind tasting and only those showing technical excellence and maturation potential are chosen. This thorough process involving the members of the Guild ensures that every wine boasting the CWG Auction label is a wine of exceptional quality.
Since its inception in 1985, the Nedbank CWG Auction has become a quality benchmark and the CWG label is an authentic assurance of quality recognised by leading wine buyers both locally and from abroad.
A wave of new local buyers, many of whom are private collectors, should make for keen bidding at this year’s auction which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The annual auction made its mark as South Africa’s definitive wine auction with a turnover just short of R5 million last year. Whist the variety of wines on offer at Saturday’s auction is consistent with previous years, the volumes are down by 10%.
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