Fifteen wines from eight of the top wineries represented by Cape Legends have been included in the line-up of wines for the 38th Nederburg Auction to be held in September. They are Allesverloren, Alto, Jacobsdal, Le Bonheur, Lomond, Neethlingshof, Plaisir de Merle and Stellenzicht.
The 15 Cape Legends wines include 10 reds, three whites and two ports. The latter are of the 1999 and 2004 vintages and were in both instances produced by Allesverloren near Riebeek-Kasteel. All the wines selected regularly distinguish themselves on local and international wine competitions.
The oldest wine among the 15 is a 1978 Pinotage from Jacobsdal which lies in the hills above Kuils River, followed by a 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alto, the exclusively red-wine estate on the slopes of the Helderberg near Stellenbosch.
Among the three white wines is a 2007 Gewürtztraminer from Neethlingshof. This niche wine, one of the few of the cultivar available locally, was made from the grapes of a dryland vineyard planted some 25 years ago by Günter Brözel.
The other two whites are the well-known single-vineyard Sauvignon blancs from the sea-facing Lomond in the ward of Cape Agulhas. They are the 2006 Pincushion and the 2007 Sugarbush. Both wines have developed a reputation for longevity. According to winemaker Kobus Gerber the Pincushion is only now “approaching its optimum, with a wonderful richness of flavours coming to the fore”.
The 2007 Sugarbush won the trophy for the best Sauvignon blanc at the annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2009 and then repeated this feat in 2011 at the same show, this time in the museum class. Later vintages of both these wines have just been included in the list of Top 100 SA Wines.
Among the 11 reds there are two blends – a 2002 Alto Rouge and a 2001 Le Bonheur Prima. Alto Rouge is one of South Africa’s oldest and most respected red blends while the Le Bonheur Prima has during the last few years become something of an institution at the auction.
The 1978 Pinotage from Jacobsdal will come under the hammer, as will the 1998 Neethlingshof Pinotage.
There are three Cabernet Sauvignons among the 15 wines. Besides the 1982 from Alto, wines from Allesverloren (2001 vintage) and Jacobsdal (2003 vintage) will also be auctioned. The latter won a grand gold medal at the Selections Mondiales in Canada in 2007.
Stellenzicht has always been particularly known for its Shiraz and the few cases from its 1997 vintage going on auction are expected to attract considerable buyer interest. The same goes for Allesverloren Shiraz 2007, a signature wine from this Swartland estate which has done much to establish its enviable reputation.
The enormous success of Malbec in Argentina has led to a considerable following for this varietal locally. Among its foremost exponents here is Niel Bester, who has been in charge of winemaking at Plaisir de Merle since 1993. His 2007 vintage will be auctioned.