Wines tipped for in­vest­ment

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WINE judge Roland Peens, di­rec­tor at Wine Cel­lar, says in­vest­ment in fine South African wine is gain­ing mo­men­tum.

“In­trin­sic wine qual­ity is at an all-time high as we en­ter a new era of in­dus­try-wide, qual­ity-fo­cused wine­mak­ing.

“Smaller pro­duc­ers and larger his­tor­i­cal prop­er­ties are har­ness­ing young and old vines with a deeper un­der­stand­ing than ever be­fore.”

Th­ese are wines Peens rec­om­mends in­vest­ing in.

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2015 Con­sis­tency in qual­ity is key to in­vest­ment po­ten­tial and no other South African wine has been more con­sis­tent. Paul Sauer has been South Africa’s first pos­i­tive growth-in­vest­ment wine since the 1990s, with a stream of reg­u­lar lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional awards. The lat­est and prob­a­bly the most im­pres­sive of ac­co­lades is the per­fect 100 points from Tim Atkin, in­ter­na­tional mas­ter of wine. Meer­lust Ru­bi­con 2015 Ru­bi­con is ar­guably South Africa’s great­est wine brand. Pro­duced in sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume and with an im­pres­sive dis­tri­bu­tion net­work, Meer­lust has built up in­cred­i­ble brand eq­uity over the past four decades.

The qual­ity of Ru­bi­con did not match its sta­tus, how­ever, un­til the 2015 vin­tage, which has pushed the Ru­bi­con to a new level.

Thelema caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2015

Caber­net sau­vi­gnon is king in Stel­len­bosch and Thelema has been a lead­ing ex­am­ple of cab sav pro­duc­tion since the early 1990s. Their 2015 edi­tion is ar­guably their finest yet and will age well for two decades. The price of Thelema caber­net sau­vi­gnon has been in­creas­ing below in­fla­tion over the past five years and we be­lieve it is un­der­priced in the mar­ket.

Alto caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2015 Alto is an­other wine that we feel is un­der- priced. Dis­tell has fi­nally re­alised the po­ten­tial of this prop­erty and is in­vest­ing in fu­ture qual­ity. The 2015 edi­tion pro­vides mo­men­tum for it to re­gain the sta­tus it en­joyed in the 70s when it was at the top of the in­dus­try.

Sadie Fam­ily T’Voet­pad 2017 Eben Sadie is South Africa’s best and most fa­mous wine­maker and the wines in his Old Vine se­ries all of­fer an ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment propo­si­tion. The T’Voet­pad is South Africa’s old­est vine­yard and pro­duces ma­jes­tic white wine that will age for decades.

Rest­less River caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2015

Not con­sid­ered “blue-chip” stock, Rest­less River is an out­side bet for great re­turns. Craig and Anne Wes­sels planted caber­net sau­vi­gnon in the Hemel-en-Aarde val­ley 20 years ago, go­ing against the pinot noir trend.

The great 2015 vin­tage, re­fine­ment of wine­mak­ing and ma­tur­ing vines have pro­duced a sen­sa­tional caber­net sau­vi­gnon.

KEIRA Knight­ley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Macken­zie Foy as Clara.

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