What to buy at the Nederburg Auction 2017
By Christian Eedes, 16 September 2017
Stellenzicht Syrah 1994 is a South African icon red wine. In the notorious SAA Shield tasting of 1995 that saw the country pitched against Australia, local wines were badly shown up on the whole so it was no mean feat when the maiden 1994 vintage of Syrah from Stellenbosch farm Stellenzicht made by André van Rensburg now at Vergelegen placed third in class. Not only was this a category that the Australians were supremely confident of winning outright by taking all of the top three places, the Stellenzicht wine rated better than the 1990 vintage of the iconic Grange Hermitage (history does not seem to relate which wines placed first and second).
In any event, the wine showed supremely well at last night’s tasting prior to today’s Nederburg Auction – there are 15 six-bottle cases available for sale and it will be a very good test of what value the market really places on SA fine wine. According to the catalogue, the wine has a reserve price of R5000 a case (the equivalent of R833.33 a bottle) which seems exceptionally modest. According to wine-searcher.com, Penfolds Grange 1990 changes hands for an average price of R7 581 and a similar price for the Stellenzicht should not be unobtainable.
Other wines which stood out as follows:
Almenkerk Chardonnay 2010 – 92 points
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2013 – 93 points
Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir 2011 – 92 points
Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011 – 94 points
DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 – 95 points
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2011 – 93 points
Eikendal Merlot 2009 – 91 points
Iona Chardonnay 2014 – 93 points
Kanonkop Pinotage 2004 – 94 points
Ken Forrester The FMC 2009 – 95 points
Ken Forrester The FMC Single Barrel 2014 – 93 points
Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 93 points
Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2011 – 93 points
Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Chenin Blanc 2013 – 91 points
Pongracz Desiderius 2003 – 92 points
Rainbow’s End Cabernet Franc – 92 points
Rustenberg John X Merriman 2008 – 93 points
Signal Hill Old Vines Semillon 2011 – 92 points
Stellenrust JJ Handmade Picalot 2008 – 92 points
Vondeling Babiana 2013 – 91 points
Warwick Cabernet Franc 2010 – 93 points
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