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Zonnebloem Cabernet 1971 as shown during a media preview of some of the wines to be sold at this year’s Nederburg Auction proved very tertiary, not beyond drinking but lacking nuance. Reserve price per six-bottle case: R2 500.

As ever, the quaint tradition of having to stand should you be younger than the wine. 1971 was my year of birth so I wasn’t quite sure what protocol demanded. I was however compelled to leave my seat when KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1969 was poured but was somewhat startled that not many other members of the room were required to.

Where were the likes of Jeanri-Tine van Zyl of Wine magazine or Edo Heyns of Wineland? That the wine industry has so few critical voices under the age of 40 should be a concern for all involved.

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  1. I can assure you that I also lament my absence from what has become one of my favourite events on the wine calendar. Unfortunately the nature of the beast dictated that I had to see to my deadlines on the day. The custom of standing when tasting a matured wine is one that I observe eagerly for vintages ’86 and older. See my blog for a picture of heartthrob Edo and myself rising to the occasion last year http://bit.ly/9Osc6R

  2. It’s a drum I’ve been beating loud for a long time. But where is there for them to cut their wine writing teeth? Incidentally, I do feel there are wines that should compel all tasters to rise, regardless of whether they are younger than the wine or not. 1940 Chateau Lib is a good example. Oh and that 1986 Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc served at this year’s Trophy Show old wine tasting

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