I attended the 40th Nederburg Auction on Saturday and its always such a fun and glamourous day. Held at Nederburg Estate in Paarl, this years auction hit a new record.
Whilst I didn’t sit through all the bidding, a record average price per litre of R597.36 was achieved at this year, a 68.5% increase on the previous year.
“This is indicative of strong demand for premium South African wine, underpinned by a record average price per litre achieved and no unsold lots,” says Auction Manager Dalene Steyn.
I was pleased to see the Nederburg Edelkeur go under the hammer in a very exciting bid. It fetched R6,444 for 12 x 375ml bottles of 1979, the best price ever for this varietal. This sale took the Nederburg Auction to a total of just over R7 million as the last item in the line-up to be auctioned over the two days. I still have my bottle bottle of 1985 Edelkeur (signed by Gunter Brozel) in my cellar waiting to drink one day. Im just waiting for hte right occassion.
SA’s top buyers this year were: Tsogo Sun taking top honours (with R 723 900), followed by Juric Imports & Exports and the Spar Group. Singita, last year’s top buyer, was in at fourth place. Taiwan, one of several new international countries on the buyers’ list, came in at number three.
I love the Charity auction at the end, its always quite exciting, and this year the sale raised R209 000 for the beneficiaries, Hope Through Action and the Breytenbach Centre, with charity auctioneer Ken Forrester knocking down amongst other items, 12 x 750ml bottles of Nederburg Vintage Cabernet 1975 for R47 500 and the Van Ryn’s Charentaise Collection of 10-year-old potstill brandy for R25 000.
A complete summary of sales achieved is available to view and download at this link: https://www.nederburgauction.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-Nederburg-Auction-Media-Conference.pdf
Here are just a few of the pics I took on the day.
Breakfast canapes and pastries were served all morning from 9am, and lunch was a sit down 3 course affair in the main pavilion.
Saturday Lunch at the auction:
I thought the food was delicous and catered by STIR FOOD.
Spring asparagus velouté poured table side with smoked trout, fennel, goat’s cheese & slow roasted tomato
French trimmed rack of lamb & braised shoulder served with fondant potato, seasonal vegetables and red wine jus
DESSERT & CHEESE BOARD
Edelkeur chocolate truffle, apricot & almond nougat, rosewater delight
Kremelat gorgonzola, Kleinrivier gruyere, Le Petite camembert, grapes, stewed fruit compote, nuts, water crackers & melba toast