Diversity and innovative winemaking were the strong themes present at this year’s 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held at Spier. The total sales of R 13,223,200 came in just under 2016’s record breaking numbers yet a new record price for a case of wine was made. International buyers also increased their spending underlining the prowess of the wines made exclusively for the auction by members of the Guild.
Special mention must go towards Danie Steytler’s Kaapzicht Estate The Ultimate Vision 2015. This was his last auction as a Producing Member of the Guild and he ultimately saw his offering fetch the highest price ever recorded for a 6-bottle case, eventually sold for R 16,600. Kevin Grant’s Ataraxia Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2016 fetched the highest price for a white wine with a bid of R 7,000 winning the case.
‘The results of our 2017 auction, in light of the current economic climate, bode well for the South African wine industry as a whole and prove that there is still room for quality top tier wines that push the envelope in terms of innovation, creativity and diversity of styles,’ says Miles Mossop, CWG Chairman.
Roland Peens further summed up the year’s wines noting, ‘the 2017 basket is filled with wines for every palate with quality at an all-time high.’
The auction was conducted by Hofmeyer Mills Auctioneers for the 20th consecutive year. This year’s auction attracted 142 buyers; 119 local and 23 foreigners. In total 2,962 cases were sold at an average price of R 4,464 per case and an average price per bottle of R 744. The line-up included 42 red wines, 19 white wines and a MCC.