The 2022 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines rated: 92 points

By , 20 September 2022

The 38th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) Auction is set to be held on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2022 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. This year’s auction will see a total of 43 wines from 30 guild members on offer – I tasted 39 of these wines sighted, tasting notes and ratings to be released over the course of this week.



De Trafford Ou Kopland Chenin Blanc 2021
Grapes from a 39-year-old Bottelary vineyard. Spontaneously fermented and matured for 10 months in barrel. Naartjie, orange, spice, pronounced leesy character and even rancio on the nose. The palate is rich and full with tangy acidity and a savoury finish. Somewhat rustic but packed with flavour.


Mullineux The Gris Semillon 2021
Grapes from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1962. Barrel fermented and matured. Elusive notes of potpourri, hay, cut apple and yellow peach on the nose while the palate is broad with moderate acidity and a gently savoury finish. Layers of flavour, some light phenolic grip adding interest.


Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Sandford Chardonnay 2020
W.O. Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Matured for 11 months in custom-made Burgundian barrels, of which 35% were new, before a further five months in old oak. Aggressive struck-match reduction before lemon and orange, some waxy character, ginger and other spice on the nose while the palate is rich and round, greasy in texture, tangy acidity providing drive. Full of flavour but arguably a bit rough around the edges.



Bartho Eksteen Fluister Pinot Noir 2021
Wine of Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Black cherry, violets, vanilla and oak spice on the nose. The palate is youthful and rigid with good fruit expression, snappy acidity and firm tannins, the finish nicely dry. Needs some time to come into its own.


Delaire Graff Estate Banghoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
W.O. Banghoek. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 100% new. Cassis, gunsmoke-like reduction, some leafiness and earth on the nose. The palate is opulent but just about balanced with dense fruit, bright acidity and smooth tannins. Rich and full with a slight impression of sweetness.


Ernie Els CWG 2019
W.O. Stellenbosch. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz and 10% Cinsault. Cranberry, cassis, tea leaf, pencil shavings, vanilla and attractive oak spice on the nose. The palate is upright with fresh acidity and firm tannins, the finish very dry and even a little puckering. Rather stern now, this needs time.


Lismore The Sheltering Sky Syrah 2020
W.O. Elgin. 100% whole-bunch fermented. Aged with 25% new oak. Expressive aromatics with notes of red berries, a hint of rose, pepper and spice plus a lick of vanilla. The palate shows concentrated fruit, bright acidity and firm tannins, the tannins slightly astringent at this stage, making for a very dry finish.

For the wines that rated 89 – 91, click here.
Check out the site for wines rated 93 tomorrow.


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