Global buy­ers de­scend on Winelands for auc­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAN CRONJE

A RECORD num­ber of in­ter­na­tional buy­ers have reg­is­tered for the Cape Wine­mak­ers Guild Auc­tion at Spier Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Stel­len­bosch which sees 52 in­di­vid­u­ally crafted wines go un­der the ham­mer.

Between 10 and 80 cases of each wine are be­ing sold in small lots to­day. All the wines were made ex­clu­sively for the auc­tion, ad­ding to their rar­ity and ap­peal.

The Cape Wine­mak­ers Guild said 26 in­ter­na­tional buy­ers had reg­is­tered for the event, the high­est num­ber yet recorded. Most were from Europe but buy­ers from Dubai, Hong Kong, Namibia and the US were also bid­ding.

For­eign buy­ers gen­er­ally buy between 10 and 25 per­cent of the wines on of­fer. Last year 22 in­ter­na­tional buy­ers took 16 per­cent of the wines on sale, at a to­tal cost of R 1 912 200. Last year the cases sold at an av­er­age price of R4 588.

The 2 429 cases of wine be­ing auc­tioned to­day in­clude 32 red wines, 15 white wines, three meth­ode cap clas­siques, a pot­still brandy and a port.

Wine­maker Bey­ers Truter of Bey­er­skloof has 30 cases of his Trail­dust pino­tage 2014 up for auc­tion. The wine is de­scribed in the tast­ing guide as “a big struc­tured pino­tage with in­tense dark fruit flavours.”

Neil El­lis of the epony­mous wine es­tate has 60 cases of his In­signium 2013 on sale, a blend of 70 per­cent tem­pranillo and 30 per­cent grenache grapes.

Wine­maker An­drea Mullineux of Mullineux is show­cas­ing her Tri­fecta syrah 2013. The wine prom­ises a “brood­ing struc­ture, per­fumed fresh­ness and lush mid-palate,” ac­cord­ing to the tast­ing notes.

A spokesman for Wes­gro, the province’s in­vest­ment and trade pro­mo­tion agency, said there’d been sev­eral rel­a­tively re­cent in­vest­ments in the Western Cape wine in­dus­try.

● In 2012 South Amer­i­can wine group Vina Con­cha ya Toto in­vested R222.6m in the Cape’s wine in­dus­try.

● In 2013 In­dian bil­lion­aire Analjit Singh ac­quired three wine farms in Fran­schhoek – Dieu Donne, Von Ort­loff and Klein Dessen­berg.

● In 2013 China made its first in­vest­ment in the Cape Winelands through Per­fect China’s pur­chase of the Val de Vie Es­tate. Per­fect China now holds the ma­jor­ity share in Per­fect Wines South Africa.

● Ear­lier this month French wine distri­bu­tion com­pany AdVini ac­quired a “sig­nif­i­cant share” of the Ken For­rester wine brand.

The Cape Wine­mak­ers Guild will put 2 429 cases of rare wines on auc­tion at the Spier Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in the Stel­len­bosch Winelands to­day.

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