In an effort to explore South Africa’s nascent wine investment market, Malu Lambert recently interviewed those in the know, including Wine Cellar’s Roland Peens.
So where should a would-be collector start? ‘There are currently only a handful of South African wines that would fit into an international fine wine collection,’ Roland told Lambert. ‘Wines such as Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, Kanonkop Paul Sauer and Pinotage, Boekenhoutskloof Syrah and Sadie Family Columella have built a track record of quality, ageing and individuality over the last decade or more.’
Now that South Africa is producing wines of a world-class standard Roland has noticed a boom in local fine wines. But in order to achieve icon status these wines need to reach maturity and rarity first.
When it comes to what constitutes a potential investment wine, Roland responds: ‘Wines that improve with age are the backbone of the fine wine investment market. Winemakers cannot afford to cut any corners. Long ageing, terroir-driven, fine wines take many years of investment without immediate returns.’
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In comparison to the rest of the world’s fine wine, South African wines continue to be to underpriced but, with 20 percent year-on-year returns, local blue-chip wines are showing a heartening trend.
But as Mike Ratcliffe of Vilafonté says, ‘Fine wines won’t age and store themselves.’ That’s where Wine Cellar comes in – we not only sell investment wines online but also offer specialised cellaring facilities at our Observatory based cellars.