The 41st Nederburg Auction takes place on 11 and 12 September with 60 red wines, 35 white wines, 12 sweet wines, six fortified wines, nine Ports and seven MCCs going under the hammer. Yesterday approximately 100 of the 129 items were available at a pre-auction tasting.
Difficult to taste the entire line-up in the hour and a half allotted but a useful exercise even so in that it enabled one to look at a meaningful sample of top-end local wines at various stages of development.
Some general observations: Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc were both magnificent as a whole – prospective buyers almost can’t go wrong regardless of which particular wine they choose to bid for; Sauvignon Blanc was largely a disappoint – too many wines appeared stylistically exaggerated, either severely green or overwhelmingly rich and fruity.
Reds were more patchy and buyers are advised to do their homework. I concentrated on Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style red blends and too many of the wines from the mid-2000s showed all too familiar short-comings: either green or over-ripe or worst of all green AND over-ripe.
My wine of the day was the Monis Collectors Marsala 1983 (actually a barrel-aged red Muscadel). Wonderfully expressive with aromas and flavours of toffee, mint, spice and some developed savouriness. Concentrated, layered, fresh – a wine of both breadth and depth. Quite extraordinary. Only five six-bottle cases available and the reserve price per case is R600.