At the prestigious Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in Cape Town on 1 October 2016, the auction achieved sales of almost R14 million, easily outstripping its closest rival on the local circuit.
The wines here are chosen by guild members as the best they have on offer and are specially made for the guild.
For the second consecutive year, the highest price achieved was for the Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2013 which achieved R13 400 for a case of six wines.
On the white wine side the Jordan Chardonnay Auction Selection 2015 achieved R9 400 and the Silverthorn Big Dog ll MCC – R7 000. The Boplaas Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2009 was bid at R7 000 – all records for the guild.
Tsogo Sun was the biggest buyer, with bids totalling R2.6 million and closely followed by The Butcher Shop and Grill, Singita, Crown Wine Cellars in Hong Kong, Restaurant Mosaic, Kobo Safaris and Signature Restaurant.
Over and above the main auction, a record amount of R374 800 was raised for the guild’s Protégé Programme.
This year’s special item auctioned was a one-of-a-kind magnum collection of the 2016 auction wines, which raised R150 000 for this worthy cause.
The average price per bottle was R950, so think about that when you are next looking for bargains at your local wine shop.
Words: Greg Landman