Vinotheque Auction Wines 2020

In addition to the Guild's annual Auction, which will be hosted live and online by the international auction house Bonhams on 3 October this year, the Guild will be holding a one-of-a-kind online Vinotheque Auction of past CWG Auction greats.

The winemakers of the Guild have donated all the wines for the Vinotheque Auction. The Guild’s objective is to raise funds to help fellow members assist those employed within their businesses who depend on an income from their work in the wine industry.

Provenance is paramount. The wines selected for the Vinotheque Auction have been kept in the CWG's temperature and humidity controlled Vinotheque or carefully stored in the winemakers' cellars since the Auction year.

The lots comprising six bottles of the same wine were tasted blind and selected by expert panels in July 2020. Those lots consisting of collections from different wines or vintages, were carefully chosen by their respective winemakers.

The Auction will be hosted online on the Bonhams website from Friday 18 September 2020 and ends at 16:00 London time on Saturday, 3 October 2020. Bidders can continue to place bids for a period of two weeks.

To register for the Auction, please visit www.Bonhams.com.

AA Badenhorst and Savage Wines The Love Boat White 2016 (3 bottles) and The Love Boat Red 2016 (3 bottles)

One lot only - 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising 3 bottles of The Love Boat White 2016 and 3 bottles of The Love Boat Red 2016.

The Love Boat Wines are just ‘gut feel’ wines. There is no blending or planning involved. Duncan doesn’t know what Adi did and Adi doesn’t know what Duncan did - but together the wine just works.

The Love Boat White 2016 (3 x 750ml bottles)
28% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Grenache Blanc, 21% Roussanne, 15% Semillon, 9% Chenin Blanc, 6% Viognier
Wine of Origin Western Cape
Drink Now.
Alc: 13.72    RS 1.9    TA 6.3    pH 3.26

The Love Boat Red 2016 (3 x 750ml bottles)
65% Shiraz, 27% Grenache, 8% Cinsault
Wine of Origin Swartland
Drink Now.
Alc: 13.5    RS 1.9    TA 5.7    pH 3.64

These wines were previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Winemaker: Adi Badenhorst

Ataraxia Under The Gavel Chardonnay 2017 and 2018 (3 bottles each vintage)

100% Chardonnay
Wine of Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge

One lot only - 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising 3 bottles Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2017 and 3 bottles Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2018.

The grapes for these wines were sourced from the same single south-facing vineyard on The Skyfield, home to Ataraxia, located in the Hemel-en-Aarde outside the Atlantic coastal town of Hermanus. Fruit selection at harvest was painstaking and was followed by a non-interventionist winemaking approach. Fermented in small, tight-grained French oak barrels, custom ordered from selected Burgundian coopers, both these wines were barrel aged.

Ataraxia Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2017 (3 bottles)
This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.
Ready for drinking now and until at least 2027.
Alc: 13.21    RS 2.5     TA 7.9     pH 3.15

Ataraxia Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2018 (3 bottles)
This wine was previously sold on the 2019 CWG Auction.
Ready for drinking now and until 2028.
Alc: 13.65     RS 3.1     TA 7.6    pH 3.03

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Kevin Grant

Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (one bottle of each vintage)

100% Sauvignon Blanc
Wine of Origin Upper Hemel-en-Aarde

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising one bottle of each of the following vintages Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Whole bunch pressed, no settling. Naturally fermented in older, big wood. Matured for eleven months on lees. Bottled with minimum interference. Nods towards Pessac-Léognan, but has a Cape character all of its own. Older oak adds complexity and gravitas. Acclaimed by an internationally renowned wine advocate as the best wooded Sauvignon Blanc amongst 41 icons from around the world, making this a true benchmark.

All of these wines are ready to drink now, but If you can put them away for a couple of years, you can delay the pleasure and have it back with interest for anything between three to six years.

Recently accoladed 92 - 96, 5-star Platter’s, Tim Atkin’s highest score internationally wooded Sauvignon Blanc and most successful Sauvignon Blanc in the history of the CWG auction - a true benchmark.

These wines were previously sold on the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 CWG Auctions.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Bartho Eksteen

Beaumont Family Wines Chenin Blanc Demi-Sec 2016

100% Chenin Blanc
Wine of Origin Bot River

Four lots - each lot comprising 6 x 750ml bottles of Beaumont Family Wines Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc 2016.

Occasionally we have the chance to make this amazing style of Chenin Blanc. Natural ferment stopped on its own to leave a fi nely balanced sweetness in the wine. At just on 16 grams residual sugar you have a wine that is a fascinating style and expression of the grape. As a Chenin Blanc specialist I have tried to capture and express the diversity of the grape in different styles. This is only the second time that I have successfully produced this style of wine. It is a great wine to leave in your cellar for a long time to mature and develop the complexity I love in this style of wine.

Tasting Notes: Sweetness, delicate and botanical with good acid and purity. Will develop with age.

Keep and put away for 10 – 20 years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 12.3    RS 16.0    TA 7.6     pH 3.07

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Beaumont Family Wines Whole Bunch Mourvèdre 2016

100% Mourvèdre
Wine of Origin Bot River

Four lots - each lot comprising 6 x 750ml bottles of Beaumont Family Wines Whole Bunch Mourvèdre 2016.

Beaumont was the first producer in South Africa to bottle a single varietal Mourvèdre way back in 1999. Since then it has been one of our key unique wines. Whole bunch fermented to produce a fresh and intense style of single varietal Mourvèdre.

Tasting Notes: Bright and young. Herbal fruit intensity. Fynbos. Spice. Lovely texture. Grip and polish. Great to put away and enjoy.

Drink now and for the next ten years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 14.0     RS 2.10     TA 5.6     pH 3.55

Winemaker: Sebastian Beaumont

Beyerskloof Traildust Pinotage 2011, 2012, 2013 (two bottles of each)

100% Pinotage
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising two bottles of each of the following vintages of Beyerskloof Traildust Pinotage: 2011, 2012, 2013.

The grapes for each vintage were hand picked in February from block A (bush vines) which is planted on the famous Bottelary gravel soils. The grapes came into the cellar at optimum ripeness and the juice stayed on the skins for 5 days (2011, 2012) and 3 days (2013). Punch downs were done every two hours during fermentation and the juice was separated from the skins. After malolactic fermentation, the CWG-selected Pinotage went to 225 litre new French oak barrels for 21 months (19 months in 2013).

Each vintage shows this wine’s typical deep dark red colour. Rich blackcurrant, dark cherries, prunes and cedar oak aromas. A big structured Pinotage with intense dark fruit fl avours. A complex middle leads to a smooth and pleasant finish. Great balance between fruit and oak will allow for ageing superbly in the bottle for 10 years and more.

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since year of Auction.

2011:    Alc: 15.13    RS 2.0    TA 5.8    pH 3.56 (previously sold at the 2013 Auction)
2012:    Alc: 14.47    RS 4.9    TA 6.3    pH 3.51 (previously sold at the 2014 Auction)
2013:    Alc: 14.88    RS 2.9    TA 6.3    pH 3.42 (previously sold at the 2015 Auction)

Winemaker: Beyers Truter -...

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2013, 2015, 2017 (two bottles of each)

100% Syrah
Wine of Origin Coastal Region

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising two bottles of each of the following vintages of Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve: 2013, 2015, 2017.

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2013 (2 x 750ml bottles)
Floral notes abound on the nose, an indicator of the wine’s part-Swartland pedigree; the palate shows an explosion of white pepper and spicy aromatics, as one would expect from a cooler maritime infl uenced vineyard.
This wine was originally sold on the 2015 CWG Auction.
Drink now and until 2028.
Alc: 13.22    RS 2.5    TA 5.4     pH 3.67

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2015 (2 x 750ml bottles)
One barrel was vinified from our most exceptional Porseleinberg vineyard and was blended with the very best from an old vineyard in Stellenbosch.
This wine was originally sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.
Drink now and until 2030.
Alc: 14.9    RS 2.5     TA 5.0     pH 3.8

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2017 (2 x 750ml bottles)
Only two barrels made. One barrel sourced from a tiny unique parcel grown on decomposed schist soils on our Porseleinberg vineyard and the other barrel from one of the best old vineyards in Stellenbosch. Spontaneous fermentation in concrete Nico Velo vats, 25% whole cluster and elevaged for 18 months in French barriques.
This wine was originally sold on the 2019 CWG Auction.
Drink now and until 2032.
Alc: 13.83     RS 2.11     TA 5.0     pH 3.74

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of the Auction.

Winemaker: Marc Kent

Boplaas 1880 Ox Wagon Reserve 8 Year Potstill Brandy (3 bottles) Thirsty Angel CWG Auction 10 Year Potstill Brandy (3 bottles)

Wine of Origin Calitzdorp

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of Boplaas Ox Wagon Reserve Potstill Brandy - 8 year and three bottles of Boplaas CWG Auction Potstill Brandy 10 year.

Boplaas 1880 Ox Wagon Reserve 8 Year Potstill Brandy (3 x 750ml bottles)
A brandy that my great grandfather, who exported to London in 1880, would have been proud of.

Tasting Notes: Rich, golden colour. Lovely dried peach and vanilla flavours with a long, lingering finish.

This brandy was originally sold on the 2014 CWG Auction.

Drink now until 2034 and beyond.

Alc: 38% vol


Boplaas Thirsty Angel CWG Auction 10 year Potstill Brandy (3 x 750ml bottles)
Farmed in the deep red soils of Calitzdorp, the Colombar was double distilled in an old copper potstill in much the same way as the first Boplaas Brandy was in 1880.

Tasting Notes: The decade in old Limousin casks, climatic conditions of the Klein Karoo and the insatiable thirst of the local angels has created a brandy brimming with ripe stone fruits, honey, kumquat, herbal and floral notes and a sublimely smooth mouthfeel and finish.

This brandy was originally sold on the 2011 CWG Auction.

Drink now until 2034 and beyond.

Alc: 39% vol

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

Winemaker: Carel Nel

Boplaas Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2009

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Souzão
Wine of Origin Western Cape

Two lots – each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Boplaas Family Vineyards Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2009.

Only the finest Tinta Barocca, Touriga Nacional and Souzão were selected from specific low-yielding vineyards. All the fruit was hand harvested at optimum ripeness, fermented and fortified in small lagares and barrel matured in large seasoned oak barrels for 12 months to craft this distinctive full-bodied, complex and structured dry-styled Cape Vintage Auction Reserve.

Tasting Notes: An inky black wine with hints of fiery garnet on the rim, ripe apricot and dried peach with fynbos.

Drink now until 2060.

This wine was previously sold on the 2016 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of the Auction.

Alc: 18.6    RS 92.8    TA 5.0    pH 3.9

Winemaker: Carel Nel

Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2013, 2014, 2015 (two bottles of each)

100% Shiraz
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising two bottles of each of the following vintages of Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah: 2013, 2014, 2015.

Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2013 (2 x 750ml bottles)
Natural fermentation with 10% stems in open top 500 litre barrels without any temperature control.
Tasting Notes: Deep intensity in colour with perfumed violets and white pepper spice on bouquet with some meaty and oriental spice undertones on the palate. Great balance between fruit and oak.
Drink now until 2023.
This wine was originally sold on the 2015 CWG Auction.
Alc: 14.06    RS 1.8    TA 5.5    pH 3.6

Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2014 (2 x 750ml bottles)
50% whole bunch. Fermented naturally in a 500 litre open French Oak barrel.
Tasting Notes: Perfumed fruit, violets and hints of white pepper aromas show typical characters of the SH99 clone.
Drink now until 2024.
This wine was originally sold on the 2016 CWG Auction.
Alc: 14.3    RS 1.7    TA 5.5    pH 3.57

Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2015 (2 x 750ml bottles)
2015 was a great vintage producing wines with good concentration and great ageing potential.
Tasting Notes: Dark berry fruit. Mixed spices and white pepper perfume and violets, typical of this variety when grown on decomposed granite soils. On the palate it is savoury with fine-grained tannins and a silky texture.
Drink now until 2030.
This wine was originally sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.
Alc: 14.5    RS 2.0    TA 5.2    pH 3.64

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Jacques Borman

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 (3 bottles) CWG Pinot Noir 2009 (3 bottles)

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir. 2012 and three bottles of Bouchard Finlayson CWG Pinot Noir 2009.

Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 (3 x 750ml bottles)
100% Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Vintage 2012 was spectacular in that both quality and quantity presented above average offerings. In fact, the Pinot Noir fruit was outstanding. Our high density plantings also contributed towards enhancing flavour profiie and creating greater depth of tannin and colour. Presented here is a first for CWG label describing Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir!
Tasting Notes: The core of plush vibrant fruit and tannins encompass spicy well centred dark forest berry flavours. A 100% contribution of best new French oak further adds to complexity and offers confirmed ageing.
Drink now to 5 years.
This wine was originally sold on the 2015 and 2017 CWG Auctions.
Alc: 14.14    RS 2.0     TA 5.2     pH 3.51

Bouchard Finlayson CWG Pinot Noir 2009 (3 x 750ml bottles)
100% Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin Walker Bay
In the winemaking, 10% of the grapes were supplied as whole bunch and 60% as whole berry. The wine underwent cold maceration for 3-4 days with post fermentation maceration of ten days. Lightly pressed and barrel matured for 16 months. The wine was bottled with minimal filtrations after thorough microbiological examination.
Tasting Notes: Profound, complex fruity flavours with deep wild forest and red berry earthiness.
Drink now to 5 years.
This wine was originally sold on the 2011 CWG Auction.
Alc: 14.3    RS 2.3    TA 5.6     pH 3.52

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

Winemaker: Peter Finlayson

Cederberg Teen Die Hoog Shiraz 2012

100% Shiraz
Wine of Origin Cederberg

Three lots – each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Cederberg Teen Die Hoog Shiraz 2012.

2012 was definitely one of my top vintages. It was a smaller vintage with cooler temperatures during ripening which lead to longer hanging time. The grapes were picked 14 days later than usual and immediately showed beautiful fruit intensity and concentration. After eight years, this wine has aged beautifully and could be cellared for an additional two to four years for further enjoyment.

Tasting Notes: This Shiraz expresses loads of mixed forest berries with a subtle hint of spice and violets. A smooth and silky palate with lasting fine tannins. This wine was crafted to last.

Accolades:
• Gold at Syrah du Monde (France) in 2015
• 92 points by Robert Parker in 2014

Drink now and for the next five years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2014 CWG Auction. It is now 8 years of age.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Thid wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 14.48    RS 3.1    TA 5.8    pH 3.4

Winemaker: David Nieuwoudt

De Grendel Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin Coastal Region

Two lots – each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of De Grendel Cabernet Sauvignon 2006.

The grapes came from thirty-two year old bush vines with a low yield, resulting in concentrated fruit. The grapes were crushed and open-fermented with pneumatic punch downs done for 6 days. Pressed in a basket press, malolactic fermentation done in barrel and matured for 18 months in new French oak.

Tasting Notes: This is a well-matured wine kept under ideal conditions and is now at its peak of drinkability. It will complement a good conversation and great food.

Drink now.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2009 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.0     RS 2.8     TA 6.0     pH 3.6

Winemaker: Charles Hopkins

De Trafford Perspective 2005 (375ml bottles)

34% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Four lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 375ml) De Trafford Perspective 2005.

100% destemmed and gently crushed directly into open top fermenters. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at a maximum temperature of 29°C for the Cabernet Franc and 31°C for the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Time on skins 14 days for the Cabernet Franc and 12 days for the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with cap of skins punched down 1 – 4 times a day. Wine drained directly to barrels together with single pressing from traditional basket press.

Tasting Notes: Tobacco, cigar box nose. Black berry fruit. Iodine, violets, graphite. Meaty, beefy. Very defined with great finish. Cherries. Ripe fruit on palate integrates with nice dry wood tannins to give a long finish – good balance. Beautiful tannin management. Not big, but classy.

Drink now and for the next three years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2007 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.6     RS 1.9      TA 5.5      pH 3.49

Winemaker: David Trafford

De Trafford Perspective 2007 (375ml bottles)

34% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Four lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 375ml) De Trafford Perspective 2007.

All our red wines undergo malolactic fermentation in the barrel. This helps to integrate the new oak and fix colour and fl avour compounds. Mostly new French oak used. Time in barrel 22 months, which included several rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation. No acid, sugar, water, tannin added, only the absolute minimum SO2. This wine was bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered, on the property.

Tasting Notes: Tobacco, cigar box nose. Black berry fruit. Iodine, violets, graphite. Meaty, beefy. Very defi ned with great fi nish. Cherries. Beautiful tannin management. Not big, but classy.

Drink now and for the next four years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2009 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.83      RS 1.7      TA 5.5      pH 3.58

Winemaker: David Trafford

Delaire Graff Estate Banghoek Chardonnay 2016 (1.5L bottles)

100% Chardonnay
Wine of Origin Banghoek Stellenbosch

One lot only – 3 bottles (3 x 1.5L) of Delaire Graff Estate Banghoek Chardonnay 2016.

Select parcel of Chardonnay from Delaire vineyards. Grapes were handpicked and whole bunch pressed. Fermented in second fill French oak for two weeks. Wine left on lees for 11 months, with no battonage or malolactic fermentation. This is an extremely limited offer – only 6 magnums made in total production.

Tasting Notes: An expressive bouquet of smoky fl oral and citrus notes on the nose. On the palate, almonds, pears and tropical fruit are supported by a crisp acidity and fruit freshness.

Drink now until 2023.  

68 (6 x 750ml) cases of this wine were previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 13.5      RS 2.5      TA 7.4      pH 3.22

Winemaker: Morné Vrey

Ernie Els Wines CWG 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of each of the following vintages of Ernie Els CWG: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

In the making of these wines, the grapes are hand-picked in the cool of early morning, gently destalked with a Bucher de-stalker and lightly crushed. Fermentation in small 300 litre open top oak barrels with WE 372 yeast. The fermenting grapes are punched down manually 5 times a day for maximum colour extraction. After fermentation, maceration for 14 days before pressing. Each variety is separately vinified and blended after the 18 months of maturation.

Ernie Els CWG 2011 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 14.5     RS 3.3     TA 5.8     pH 3.72
(previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction)

Ernie Els CWG 2012 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 14.5     RS 2.4     TA 5.9     pH 3.63
(previously sold on the 2014 CWG Auction)

Ernie Els CWG 2013 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 14.5     RS 3.0     TA 5.6     pH 3.64
(previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction)

Ernie Els CWG 2014 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 14.5      RS 3.0    TA 6.0     pH 3.83
(previously sold on the 2016 CWG Auction)

Ernie Els CWG 2015 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 14.5     RS 3.14     TA 6.07     pH 3.74
(previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction)

Ernie Els CWG 2016 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 14.98     RS 3.1 T    A 6.2     pH 3.65
(previously sold on the 2019 CWG Auction)

Drink now or within the next 5 to 10 years.

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

These wines are packed in a wooden box. 

Winemaker: Louis Strydom

Ernie Els Wines Ernie Els CWG 2008

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, 10% Merlot
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Two lots – each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Ernie Els CWG 2008

‘A decade of excellence’ This wine previously featured at the CWG Auction back in 2010, so I thought it fitting to reach deep into our cellar and offer this wine now, precisely a decade later. It was a special moment, sampling this ’08 a few weeks ago within the brand-new walls of the Ernie Els Wines cellar. It is exciting to see how this wine, and the winery as a whole, has developed over the last decade.

Tasting Notes: A big wine with a bold finish. Notes of sweet red fruit and ribena. Soft tannins with good structure, depth and length. Very primary. Good weight, concentration and elegance.

Ready for drinking now - 5 years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2010 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 15.27      RS 3.1      TA 6.1      pH 3.7

Winemaker: Louis Strydom

Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2012

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Two Lots – each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2012.

A single vineyard selection from the Helderberg area. Open fermenters with extended maceration on the skins. Maturation in oak for 24 months. A typical Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon with the extra dimension of velvety soft tannins emanating from proper ageing.

Tasting Notes: Ripe cherry flavours with a touch of mint and an ethereal, lingering quality.

Drink now until 2025. Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2014 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.55     RS 1.2     TA 5.9     pH 3.69

Winemaker: Etienne Le Rich...

Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2015

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Two lots – each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2015.

A single vineyard wine from the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch. Traditionally fermented in open tanks, manual plunging and extended maceration. Aged for two years in French oak. This vineyard has formed the base of our production since 1999 and has established a lasting friendship with the producer over the years. The moderate climate due to the proximity of False Bay and the well-drained gravelly soils have proven this site to be one of the finest terroirs for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. A classic vintage from Le Riche.

Tasting Notes: Classy Cabernet fruit and oak matched by a firm structure and complex tannins that promise further enhancement.

Drink now until 2030.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.29    RS 1.2    TA 5.7    pH 3.58

Winemaker: Etienne Le Rich...

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2016 and 2017 (3 bottles each vintage)

100% Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin Overberg

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of each of the 2016 and 2017 vintages of Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir.

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2016 (3 x 750ml bottles)
A high-altitude parcel from Kaaimansgat. The grapes are partially destemmed and spontaneously fermented in concrete vats with a soft pigeage two to three times a day. The Pinot Noir is matured for 14 months in 40% new barrique after pressing.

Tasting Notes: A refined, complex nose offers aromas of cherry, red floral and spicy notes. The wine has exceptional balance and texture. Drink now to 5 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Alc: 14.2     RS 1.6     TA 5.0     pH 3.56

Gottfried Mocke Wine Projects Pinot Noir 2017 (3 x 750ml bottles)
A high altitude parcel from Kaaimansgat, the grapes are partially destemmed and spontaneously fermented in concrete vats with soft pigeage two to three times a day. The Pinot Noir is matured for 15 months in 50% new barrique after pressing.

Tasting Notes: A refi ned, complex nose offers aromas of cherry, red floral and spicy notes. The wine has exceptional balance and texture.

Drink now but will mature well for next 10 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

Alc: 14.45     RS 1.2     TA 5.0     pH 3.66

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of the Auction

Winemaker: Gottfried Mocke

Grangehurst Auction Collection

Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising one bottle of each of the following wines:

Grangehurst Cape Reserve Blend 2003 (1 x 750ml)
36% Pinotage, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Shiraz
Alc: 14.83     RS 1.4     TA 6.2     pH 3.63
(previously sold on the 2006 CWG Auction)

Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005 (1 x 750ml)
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot
Alc: 14.3     RS 2.2     TA 5.8     pH 3.58
(previously sold on the 2009 CWG Auction)

Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006 (1 x 750ml)
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot
Alc: 14.45    RS 2.3     TA 5.3     pH 3.67
(previously sold on the 2011 CWG Auction)

Grangehurst Auction Blend 2014 (1 x 750ml)
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot
Alc: 14.22     RS 2.2     TA 5.7     pH 3.79
(previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction) 

Grangehurst Auction Reserve 2007 (1 x 750ml)
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot
Alc: 14.63     RS 2.6     TA 6.2   pH 3.54
(previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction)

Grangehurst Auction Reserve 2015 (1 x 750ml)
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot
Alc: 14.4     RS 2.6     TA 5.4     pH 3.8
(previously sold on the 2019 CWG Auction)

True to the Grangehurst ethos, these wines are handcrafted, traditional and unhurried classic red wines.

Drink 10-20 years from vintage.

These wines had been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Jeremy Walker

Grangehurst CWG Auction Blend 2014 (1.5 Litre bottles)

68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

One lot only – 3 bottles (3 x 1.5 L) of Grangehurst Auction Blend 2014.

The grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed, hand-sorted, crushed and then pumped to open fermentation tanks; manual punch-downs four to six times per day for colour, tannin and flavour extraction; basket pressed and matured for 28 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels; gentle gravity-flow bottling.

Tasting Notes: Dark, inky ruby colour; maraschino cherries, liquorice and vanilla spice; fine-structured, elegant, with seamless tannins; now 6 years old, this wine is just starting to come into its own.

Drink now to 2034.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in his cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 14.22      RS 2.2      TA 5.7     pH 3.79

Winemaker: Jeremy Walker

Groot Constantia CWG Gouverneurs Auction Reserve 2017

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 54% Cabernet Franc
Wine of Origin Constantia

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Groot Constantia CWG Gouverneurs Auction Reserve 2017

The grapes were harvested at 25.5-26° balling and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine matured for 14 months in 225 litre French oak barrels, of which 34% were new French oak, 28% second fill, 25% third fill and 13% fourth fill barrels.

Lauren Buzzeo rated this as her top red wine in Wine Enthusiast’s review of the 2019 CWG Auction wines last year: 95/100 “This blend is not shy or slight in intensity or personality.”

Greg Sherwood MW also gave the wine 95/100: “Very expressive and luxurious, this is impressive winemaking in action for people looking for a showstopper. This really is what special edition CWG wines are all about.”

Tasting Notes: Layers of blackcurrant, black cherries and wood spice on the nose are supported by graphite and cigar box flavours. Cassis and cherries follow on the palate. Fine dry tannin. This wine promises good ageing potential.

Drink 2025 to 2035.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2019 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 14.36     RS 2.5     TA 5.7     pH 3.6

Winemaker: Boela Gerber

Hartenberg Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010

100% Shiraz
Wine of Origin Bottelary, Stellenbosch

Three lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Hartenberg Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010.

The wine is a blend of one barrel Gravel Hill and two barrels of Stork Shiraz. 80% new wood, all French, 21 months in barrel. Super small crop, tiny berries, great concentration.

Tasting Notes: Deep black-red in colour. Black and red fruits show on the palate. Perfumed notes with treacle aromas are present. The palate is velvety, has juicy fruit and is elegant.

Drink now and for the next 10 years. Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.85    RS 3.5     TA 6.1     pH 3.3

Winemaker: Carl Schultz

Hartenberg CWG Auction Shiraz 2012

100% Shiraz
Wine of Origin Bottelary, Stellenbosch

Three lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Hartenberg CWG Auction Shiraz 2012.

Two of the best parcels of Shiraz on Hartenberg Estate were combined to create this wine. Hand-picked and sorted, the grapes were selected to be the very best. 50% new and 50% second fill French oak barrels were used to mature the wine for 21 months. This wine is a blend of our two flagship Shiraz wines, the Gravel Hill and Stork.

Tasting Notes: The wine shows a black-red coloured centre. Bouquet entry shows initial perfumed notes, then cherry, violets, spice and garrigue. The palate is polished and opulent, ending with fine lingering tannins. A Stellenbosch vintage that offers old world elegance and drinkability.

Drink now through to 2032. Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2016 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.16     RS 2.8     TA 5.8     pH 3.4

Winemaker: Carl Schultz

Hartenberg Loam Hill Merlot 2005

100% Merlot
Wine of Origin Bottelary, Stellenbosch

Three lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Hartenberg Loam Hill Merlot 2005.

A Merlot selected from our very best of the varietal and select parcels of the supporting acts. The grapes were hand sorted, fermented and macerated on the skins for 15 days, with Italian yeast and given 100% malolactic fermentation in small French oak. After 20 months in the new wood and three rackings a year, the wine was lightly filtered and bottled on 29 November 2006.

Tasting Notes: Dark black-red in colour. The bouquet has a complex mix of ripe plums, violets, cherries and aromas of coffee, vanilla and choc from the wood. On the palate the wine is silky, has bags of black fruit, sweet, ripe fine dry tannins and a lingering edgy finish.

Drink now and for the next five years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2007 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.38     RS 2.1     TA 5.9     pH 3.3

Winemaker: Carl Schultz

Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2012

100% Chardonnay
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch Estate

Five lots - three lots comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) and two lots comprising of 12 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2012.

Specially made for the CWG Auction, this benchmark Chardonnay from the oldest hillside vineyards on Jordan Wine Estate is traditionally made according to classic Burgundian winemaking techniques. Intensely concentrated lemon-lime flavours and slow fermentation in 228 litre French oak barrels for twelve months has resulted in a reserve style with a new world twist. Quartzite veins through the 600 million year old granite sub-strata provide the backbone for the classic mineral flavours.

An iconic Chardonnay with intense mineral, lemon-lime flavours and hints of butterscotch and vanilla. The full, rich mouthfeel and balanced oak integrates superbly with the tropical fruit finish.

This wine was awarded 5-stars by the Platter Guide.

Drink now.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 13.64     RS 2.5     TA 6.10     pH 3.37

Winemaker: Gary Jordan

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Wine of Origin Simonsberg
One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising one bottle of each of the following wines.

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2010 (1 x 750ml)
68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot
Alc: 14.5    RS 2.2     TA 6.16     pH 3.43

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2011 (1 x 750ml)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot
Alc: 14.74    RS 2.3    TA 6.1     pH 3.47 (previously sold on the 2014 CWG Auction)

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2012 (1 x 750ml)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Alc: 13.9     RS 2.5     TA 6.05     pH 3.46 (previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction)

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2013 (1 x 750ml)
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc
Alc: 14.5     RS 3.1     TA 6.4     pH 3.56 (previously sold on the 2016 CWG Auction)

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2014 (1 x 750ml)
74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc
Alc: 14.3     RS 2.8     TA 6.4     pH 3.4 (previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction)

Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2015 (1 x 750ml)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Alc: 14.5     RS 3.3     TA 6.5     pH 3.5 (previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction)

Drink now, or let this wine develop over the next 20 years.

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar

Kanonkop CWG Pinotage 2008

100% Pinotage
Wine of Origin Simonsberg, Stellenbosch

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Kanonkop CWG Pinotage 2008.

20 to 50-year-old bush vines with yields of 3-5 tons/ha were used to make this wine. The grapes were destemmed, sorted, crushed and then fermented in open top “kuipe” for four days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, followed by a further 14 months of ageing in 100% new oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Deep red colour with a strawberry and plum aroma and a touch of vanilla. Dark fruit on the palate with plum and blackcurrant being the focus, and mocha flavours adding to the complexity. The wine finishes with a dry aftertaste.

Drink now and for the next five years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2010 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.2     RS 1.8     TA 5.4     pH 3.73

Winemaker: Abrie Beeslaar

Luddite Wines Daisy’s Turn Shiraz – Cabernet Sauvignon – Mourvèdre 2014

92% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Mourvèdre
Wine of Origin Bot River

Two lots - each comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Luddite Wines Daisy’s Turn 2014.

The various portions of this wine come from our own vineyards and were fermented in small open fermenters. Grapes were left on skins until spontaneous fermentation started and then given three hand punch-downs a day. Pressed and put to barrel straight after fermentation. The wine spent two years in barrel on fine lees and then the final blend was made up and bottled. The wine was aged in second fill French barrels. The last of the Verburg children to be recognised on a CWG label/wine!

Tasting Notes: Colour: Vibrant garnet hues with purple rim. Nose: Red fruit on entry - mulberries and red currants. Spicy - star anise and cinnamon. Palate: Decadent entry, dark fruit on the mid-palate with a log spicy finish and a lovely lingering taste of cloves and cinnamon in your mouth.

Drink in 5 – 10 years’ time.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 14.65     RS 2.7     TA 5.2     pH 3.61

Winemaker: Niels Verburg

Miles Mossop Wines Maximilian 2011

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Miles Mossop Wines Maximilian 2011.

This wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon from a 25-year-old vineyard growing on shale soils in the Bottelary area of Stellenbosch; and 15% Petit Verdot from coffee stone gravel soils in the Bottlelary area of Stellenbosch. All vineyards are unirrigated and produce low yielding fruit (2 to 4 t/ha) giving a pure expression of its environment.

This wine was my first submission to the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. An expression of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch. An expression of where my true passion lies.

Tasting Notes: Intense layered fruit aromas of black cherries and cassis with underlying notes of cedar wood and tobacco spice. The wine is elegant and layered with sweet cherries, cassis and fresh velvety textured tannins on the palate. A classic Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink in 5 to 8 years. Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2013 and 2018 CWG Auctions.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Alc: 14.5     RS 2.0     TA 5.4     pH 3.49

Winemaker: Miles Mossop

Mullineux Rare Beauties: Historical, Intriguing and Harmonious

Wine of Origin Swartland

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml), comprising 3 bottles of Mullineux Clairette Blanche 2015 and 3 bottles of Mullineux “The Gris” Semillon 2014. Mullineux

Clairette Blanche 2015 (3 x 750ml bottles)
100% Clairette Blanche
Clairette Blanche is my effort to showcase how special historically significant rarer varieties are in South Africa. It is 44 years old and dryland farmed on Paardeberg Granite. Natural fermentation in barrel. Clairette Blanche only becomes more beautifully textured and beeswaxy with age. Decanting is always suggested. This wine was previously sold on the 2016 CWG Auction.

Alc: 13.0     RS 2.4     TA 5.4     pH 3.35

Mullineux “The Gris” Semillon 2014 (3 x 750ml bottles)
This very rare wine is made from 100% Semillon Gris and is from a 60-year old, certified heritage, dry-farmed vineyard grown on the granite soils of the Paardeberg in the Swartland. The grapes were picked by hand early in the morning while the air was still cool and after pressing to barrel, the fermentation occurred with indigenous yeast. A saline mineral nose wrapped around grapefruit pith. Spiced high notes of clove and powered ginger. Followed by a lengthy taught palate of chamomile and saffron fronds. This wine keeps you coming back for another sip.

This wine was previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction.

Alc: 12.66     RS 1.8     TA 5.9     pH 3.35

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Mullineux The Trifecta Duo

Wine of Origin Swartland

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml), comprising 3 bottles of Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2013 and 3 bottles of Mullineux Trifecta Syrah 2013. These two Trifecta wines come from my three best Swartland vineyards for Chenin Blanc and Syrah, each grown on three soil types for the ultimate expression of this special region and the grapes most suited to it.

Mullineux Trifecta Chenin Blanc 2013 (3 x 750ml bottles)
100% Chenin Blanc
One Chenin vineyard is grown on SCHIST soils, one on GRANITE soils and one on QUARTZ soils bringing depth, freshness, and spiciness to the wine. The grapes are hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed to barrel where they are co-fermented naturally and matured for a year before bottling.

Tasting Notes: Chenin Blanc notes of apples, lemon with a subtle hint of fresh herb. The rounded old-vine Swartland Chenin character on the palate continues with apple followed by a peach pit minerality and texture. Drink this wine now to enjoy life a little bit more, but it will only get better with a bit of age.

This wine was previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction.

Alc: 13.68     RS 3.8     TA 6.1     pH 3.32

Mullineux Trifecta Syrah 2013 (3 x 750ml bottles)
100% Syrah
One Syrah vineyard is grown on SCHIST soil, one on GRANITE soil and one on IRON soil; bringing brooding structure, perfumed freshness and lush mid-palate to the wine. The grapes were hand-picked and whole-bunch co-fermented naturally. The wine spent two years in barrel and 18 months in bottle before release. 2013 was a very perfumed and sophisticated vintage in the Swartland.

This wine was held back to be open enough for enjoying now, but please decant as it still has years of slow maturation ahead of it.

This wine was previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction.

Alc: 13.52     RS 2.1     TA 5.5     pH 3.72

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Winemaker: Andrea Mullineux

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2005

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
Wine of Origin Jonkershoek Valley

Three lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Neil Ellis Auction Reserve 2005.

Careful fruit selection before traditional fermentation initiated in stainless steel tanks. Further maceration was allowed before drawing off and light pressing. Maturation in tight grained French oak for 21 months followed by rigorous culling before bottling in January 2007.

Tasting Notes from the selection panel: “Red fruit perfume, pencil, young, delicate, sleek, long, still fresh. Drink now and for the next 10-15 years.” What a great compliment from my peers. Neil.

Drink now and for the next 10-15 years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2007 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.2 RS 1.7 TA 6.2 pH 3.6

Winemaker: Neil Ellis - No...

Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Syrah 2003

100% Syrah
Wine of Origin Jonkershoek Valley

Three lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Neil Ellis Auction Syrah 2003.

Careful fruit selection before traditional punch down fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was completed in new French oak barrels followed by a further 16 months’ maturation. Rigorous culling before bottling.

Tasting Notes from the selection panel: “Classic wine. Beautiful age character. Liquorice spice, silky tannins. Smooth and an absolute must buy.” What a great compliment from my peers. Neil.

Drink now, and for the next 2-5 years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2006 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.83 RS 2.3 TA 5.6 pH 3.5

Winemaker: Neil Ellis - No...

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015 and Windansea Pinot Noir 2016 (3 bottles of each)

100% Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015 and three bottles of Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2016.

Both of these wines have been cellared to the point of ideal bottle maturation, development and enjoyment, with a wealth of additional cellaring potential.

Seadragon Pinot Noir 2015 (3 x 750ml bottles)
The 2015 Seadragon is the first wine from this vineyard to be bottled under this name. It was scored 96 in Tim Atkin’s 2016 report and Seadragon has featured on the front cover of Decanter Magazine (February 2020) as one of the New World’s best single vineyard Pinot Noirs.

Tasting Notes: Ornate with high floral notes. Complex and lustrous red fruit core, with the prickle of spices and black cherry in the periphery. Symmetric structure, fine and taut, that leads to a long finish.

Ready for drinking from now for the next 15 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Alc: 13.78    RS 2.0    TA 5.6    pH 3.6

Windansea Pinot Noir 2016 (3 x 750ml bottles)
The 2016 Windansea is from a vintage of incredible density and age-worthiness and tends to need a little more time than Seadragon. It was scored 95 points in Tim Atkin’s 2017 report and has held that benchmark (and higher) with every succeeding vintage.

Tasting Notes: A deep concentration of supple and sleek black fruit, embroidered with lucid red fruits. Tertiary elements of stone and graphite deepen to a savoury black core of texture and fibrous tannins.

Ready for drinking from 2021 for the next 15 years.

This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Alc: 13.07    RS 2.2    TA 5.9    pH 3.54

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Gordon Newton J...

Paul Cluver Wines Auction Selection Pinot Noir 2011

100% Pinot Noir
Wine of Origin Elgin

One lot only - 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Paul Cluver Auction Selection Pinot Noir 2011.

The grapes were selected from our highest lying Pinot Noir mountain vineyards on De Rust Estate and are all new clones (667,113,115). The grapes were harvested, cold soaked for six days with the fermentation starting naturally and then inoculated. Punched down three times a day. After fermentation, only the free run juice was transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then left in barrel for 11 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes: “Understated” - the colour is gentle and alluring, the nose reticent but intriguing. The texture is where the power of this wine lies and the integration of oak adds to its finesse. The palate is a symphony of flavours, starting with cherries; the mid-palate is concentrated with a distinct mineral character and a very long after taste.

Drink now.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 12.87     RS 1.9     TA 5.3     pH 3.6

Winemaker: Andries Burger

Paul Cluver Wines The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2013

100% Chardonnay
Wine of Origin Elgin

One lot only - 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2013.

The grapes were selected from 26-year-old Chardonnay vineyards, the oldest on the property. After pressing and settling, the wines were transferred to barrel, and fermented without inoculation. The wine was left on the gross lees for 9-and-a-half months before racking, stabilisation and bottling.

Tasting Notes: The first impression the wine gives is the expressive citrus and honeyed characters on the nose. The palate is bursting with flavour, starting with lime notes and carrying through to a concentrated mid-palate with a very long, lingering mineral aftertaste.

Drink now and for the next 5 years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2014 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 13.28    RS 1.8    TA 6.5    pH 3.2

Winemaker: Andries Burger

Rijk’s CWG Chenin Blanc 2016

100% Chenin
Blanc Estate Wine of Origin Tulbagh

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Rijk’s CWG Chenin Blanc 2016 This wine was made in a drought year, where our crop was 50% less than that of normal. The 2016 wines were more concentrated and structured, increasing the longevity of this wine.

The grapes were gently crushed and pressed, 100% barrel fermented and matured for 16 months in a new and a second fill 300 litre French oak barrel. This wine was fermented with natural yeast to ensure that the uniqueness of our distinct terroir was revealed. Fermentation took eight months to complete. Malolactic fermentation was not encouraged in order to protect the varietal characters.

Tasting Notes: Delicate yellow fruit aromas on the nose with hints of pineapple and apricot, followed by the presence of cashew nuts. These aromas carry through on a rich multi-layered palate with a long aftertaste. Drink now and for the next five years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.39     RS 5.0     TA 6.1    pH 3.31

Winemaker: Pierre Wahl

Rijk’s CWG Pinotage 2015

100% Pinotage
Estate Wine of Origin Tulbagh

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Rijk’s CWG Pinotage 2015.

The 2015 vintage was regarded as one of the best in the last 50 years, which will be discovered when drinking this wine!

The grapes were hand-picked at night. A 48-hour cold maceration period was given prior to fermentation. Pigeage took place three times a day to extract tannin and colour. Skins were pressed at 5° balling. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrels, racked, returned and left to mature for 22 months in a new and a second fill French oak barrel. No fining agents used and the wine was only filtered lightly at bottling.

Tasting Notes: Intense cherry to blackberry aromas, supported by well-integrated oak nuances on the nose. Fullbodied, juicy palate filled with elegant and lingering red fruit flavours. Soft, rounded tannin structure.

Drink in the next 5 to 10 years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.63     RS 1.8     TA 6.0     pH 3.39

Winemaker: Pierre Wahl

Rust en Vrede CWG Estate 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising one bottle of each of the following vintages of Rust en Vrede CWG: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

This vertical collection begins with the very first vintage of Rust en Vrede CWG Auction Estate that was available on the CWG Auction and ends with the most recent. The wines are a time capsule that reflects the terroir of Rust en Vrede on the slopes of the Helderberg. They showcase the unique conditions experienced in each vintage, from plentiful rains to the onset of drought, and importantly our ongoing drive for consistency and refinement.

Rust en Vrede CWG Estate 2010 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 15.06    RS 3.2    TA 6.2    pH 3.58 (previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction)

Rust en Vrede CWG Estate 2011 (1 x 750ml bottle)
Alc: 15.61    RS 1.9    TA 6.1    pH 3.64 (previously sold on the 2014 CWG Auction)

Rust en Vrede CWG Estate 2012 (1 x 750ml)
Alc: 14.78     RS 2.1    TA 6.2    pH 3.57 (previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction)

Rust en Vrede CWG Auction Estate 2013 (1 x 750ml)
Alc: 15.15    RS 3.1    TA 6.5    pH 3.56 (previously sold on the 2016 CWG Auction)

Rust en Vrede CWG Auction 2014 (1 x 750ml)
Alc: 15.0     RS 3.2     TA 5.9    pH 3.56 (previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction)

Rust en Vrede CWG Auction Estate 2015 (1 x 750ml)
Alc: 14.92    RS 2.9    TA 5.8    pH 3.62 (previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.)

Drink 2022 to 2030.

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box

Winemaker: Coenie Snyman

Saronsberg Die Erf Shiraz 2011 and 2013 (3 bottles each wine)

Wine of Origin Tulbagh

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of Saronsberg Die Erf Shiraz 2011 and three bottles of Saronsberg Die Erf Shiraz 2013.

The 2011 is unique in the sense that it is not 100% Shiraz but has a portion of Grenache as well. We normally keep the Die Erf Shiraz 100% cultivar. Both wines come from more robust vintages of higher extraction and firm tannin structures, although the Grenache adds some elegance to the 2011 vintage.

Die Erf Shiraz 2011 (3 x 750ml bottles)
88% Shiraz, 12% Grenache

The grapes were hand-picked, bunch sorted, de-stemmed and berry sorted on vibration tables. A portion was fermented whole bunch. After fermentation and extended maceration, the total time on skins was 28 days. The 12% Grenache was fermented whole bunch. After 12 months the two components were blended together and left in the barrel for a total of 22 months. The wine was bottled unfiltered.

This wine was previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction.

Drink between 2020 and 2024.

Alc: 14.5     RS 3.6     TA 5.8     pH 3.41

Die Erf Shiraz 2013 (3 x 750ml bottles)
100% Shiraz

The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning from our most consistent Shiraz vineyard, grown on gravelly soils on the Welgegund farm at the foot of the Saronsberg. Sixty percent of berries were gently crushed into a satellite tank and deposited into an open fermenter, the remainder kept whole. After fermentation, the wine was left on the skins for another two weeks before being pressed into a new Allier French oak barrel. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was given a low sulphur dose and left on its lees for 10 months. The wine was then racked, blended and returned to barrel. After a total of 20 months in barrel, the wine was racked and filtered through a coarse sheet filter. This wine was previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction.

Drink between 2020 and 2026.

Alc: 14.9     RS 3.3     TA 5.7     pH 3.45

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Dewaldt Heyns

Silverthorn Wines Big Dog ll Méthode Cap Classique 2011 & Big Dog lll Méthode Cap Classique 2012 (3 bottles each wine)

Wine of Origin Western Cape

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising three bottles of Silverthorn Wines Big Dog ll Cap Classique 2011 and three bottles of Silverthorn Wines Big Dog lll Cap Classique 2012.

Made in the traditional Cap Classique method, both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are whole-bunch harvested and pressed. The Chardonnay portion is barrel fermented and aged in old French oak barrels to enhance the creaminess and complexity while the Pinot Noir is cold fermented in a stainless steel tank in order to accentuate the bright berry characters.

Big Dog ll Méthode Cap Classique 2011 (3 x 750ml bottles)
62% Chardonnay, 38% Pinot Noir
After blending, the wine is bottle fermented and aged on the lees for 53 months. After disgorging, the wine is aged for a further 6 months on the cork.

Tasting Notes: The Chardonnay imparts distinctive citrus and chalky characters while the Pinot Noir contributes strawberry nuances. Subtle oaking adds an extra dimension of complexity. Pure elegance is the end goal. Drink now.

This wine was previously sold on the 2016 CWG Auction.

Alc: 11.5     RS 7.2     TA 6.4     pH 3.19


Big Dog lll Méthode Cap Classique 2012 (3 x 750ml bottles)

60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
After blending the wine is bottle fermented and aged on the lees for 52 months. Post-disgorging, the wine is aged on the cork for 6 months. This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.

Drink now.

Alc: 12.0     RS 5.7     TA 7.1     pH 3.2

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

Winemaker: John Loubser

Simonsig Auction Reserve Pinotage 2007

100% Pinotage
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Simonsig Auction Reserve Pinotage 2007.

Bush vine Pinotage grapes were used and after the free run was drained, the weight of the cap broke the whole berries and these drippings were allowed to slowly fill a barrel overnight. This barrel was kept separate and matured in new French oak. This is the first wine I ever made using this method, where the gravity of the cap pressed the whole bunches and released the whole berries’ juice.

Tasting Notes: Dark and brooding on the nose with dark berry fruit and a taut, earthy, muscular palate. Juicy and super-concentrated with tightly knit tannins.

Drink now and for the next ten years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2009 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 15.3     RS 2.1     TA 6.2     pH 3.42

Winemaker: Johan Malan

Spier Wines Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2010, 2011, 2013

Wine of Origin Helderberg, Stellenbosch

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising two bottles of each of the following vintages of Spier Wines Frans K Smit Auction Selection: 2010, 2011, 2013.

Frans K Smit Auction Reserve 2010 (2 x 750ml bottles)
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc
Dense, detailed, and focused, with layers of red currant, blood orange, plum and blackberry fruit lined with racy graphite and singed spice notes. Awarded 92 points by Wine Spectator.
Drink 8-10 years from harvest.
This wine was previously sold on the 2013 CWG Auction. 
Alc: 14.62    RS 3.1    TA 5.7    pH 3.6

Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2011 (2 x 750ml bottles)
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc
2011 was a cooler year which allowed us to increase the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon - adding softer, fresher, long-lasting tannins. Awarded 5 stars in John Platter Wine Guide and 92 points by Wine Spectator.
Drink 8-10 years from harvest.
This wine was previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction.
Alc: 14.38    RS 4.0    TA 5.2    pH 3.5

Frans K Smit Auction Selection 2013 (2 x 750ml bottles)
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
The balance and refined elegance of this blend, with its long finish, is a result of a textbook-perfect growing season. A discernible blackcurrant and dark fruit presence on the palate, with the barest traces of cigar box.
Drink 10 years from harvest.
This wine was previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.
Alc: 14.62    RS 3.1    TA 5.6    pH 3.6

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Winemaker: Frans Smit

Strydom Family Wines Paradigm 2016

74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Three lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Strydom Family Wines Paradigm 2016.

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot form the core of this wine and the grapes were specially selected within the vineyards and fermented separately. After maturing in French oak barrels for 12 months, the best barrels were blended and then matured for another 6 months. Prior to bottling, the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc were added to complete the full Bordeaux-style wine.

Tasting Notes: This is a well-balanced wine with a soft entry and fresh inner core. The palate shows red and dark fruit flavours, graphite and refined tannins.

Drink now until 2025.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2019 CWG Auction.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 14.1    RS 2.7    TA 6.0    pH 3.49

Winemaker: Rianie Strydom

Tokara Tribute 2010, 2011, 2013 (2 bottles of each vintage)

Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of two bottles of each of the following vintages of Tokara Tribute: 2010, 2011, 2013.

This is a vertical selection of the three Cabernet Sauvignons produced and bottled from Tokara’s finest vineyard blocks for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction.

A true reflection of site. Classic and elegant in style with a timeless ability to age.

Tokara Tribute 2010 (2 x 750ml per lot)
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec
Drink now until 2022.
Alc: 14.5    RS 2.2    TA 5.9    pH 3.52 (previously sold on the 2014 CWG Auction)

Tokara Tribute 2011 (2 x 750ml per lot)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink now until 2023.
Alc: 14.8    RS 1.8    TA 5.6    pH 3.49 (previously sold on the 2015 CWG Auction)

Tokara Tribute 2013 (2 x 750ml per lot)
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Drink now until 2025.
Alc: 14.8    RS 1.9    TA 5.8    pH 3.49 (previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction)

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box

Winemaker: Miles Mossop

Villiera Terre Rouge 2005

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Three lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) of Villiera Terre Rouge 2005.

After years of sourcing red fruit in Devon Valley, the quality produced off the “red earth” was obvious. This 2005 Auction blend includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc selected from the band of “red earth” in the area. The wine was made in a traditional manner with the aim of maximising longevity. At the time it was felt that the wine would last 15 years and the expert panel gives it another 5 years. A red wine from Stellenbosch lasting 20 years - that is what the CWG Auction is about. The Cabernet Sauvignon has provided the structure and the Cabernet Franc has contributed finesse and extra intensity.

Tasting Notes: It is a classy 15-year-old wine, showing the classic, concentrated character of a Cabernet combination. The fine tannins have been polished over time and the silky texture makes it a mouth-watering option.

Drink now and for the next five years.

Blind tasted by CWG expert panels in July 2020 and selected for the Vinotheque Auction.

This wine was previously sold on the 2007 and 2008 CWG Auctions.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

Alc: 13.94     RS 2.0      TA 5.8     pH 3.56

Winemaker: Jeff Grier

Waterford Estate “1988 Kept Aside” Chardonnay 2016 and 2017 (3 bottles of each vintage)

100% Chardonnay
Wine of Origin Stellenbosch

Two lots - each lot comprising 6 bottles (6 x 750ml): Three bottles of Waterford Estate “1988 Kept Aside” Chardonnay 2016 and three bottles of Waterford Estate “1988 Kept Aside” Chardonnay 2017.

Fruit selected from within a single vineyard underwent natural alcoholic fermentation in 300 litre Burgundy barrels. Malolactic fermentation was prohibited and the wine was allowed to age on the gross lees for 11 months. No fining or filtration on this wine.

Tasting Notes: Aromatics of lime cordial, peach pip and touches of roasted almond. The palate is elegantly rich and well structured. Granite deposits in red clay soils brings out minerality and focus in the wine.

Waterford Estate “1988 kept aside” Chardonnay 2016 (3 x 750ml bottles)
Previously sold on the 2017 CWG Auction.
Alc: 12.44     RS 1.6     TA 4.9     pH 3.5

Waterford Estate”1988 kept aside” Chardonnay 2017 (3 x 750ml bottles)
Previously sold on the 2018 CWG Auction.
Alc: 12.8     RS 2.8     TA 5.9     pH 3.4

Drink 5-8 years from vintage.

This wine has been stored in the CWG’s temperature and humidity-controlled Vinotheque since the year of Auction.

Winemaker: Kevin Arnold - ...