Auction Wines 2003

Boplaas Auction Reserve Port 2001

50% Touriga National, 30% Tinta Barocca, 20% Souzo - One of the best ports ever made at Boplaas, with 2001 being an exceptional year for port quality in Calitzdorp. Tasting note: Intense, dark black colour, velvety but firm tannins for ageing, not over sweet. Made in the drier Portuguese style. Lovely spicy, dried fruit and ripe berry flavours. Alcohol well integrated. Lingering aftertaste.

Winemaker: Carel Nel

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 200.00
Lowest: R 1 050.00
Average: R 1 093.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 50
Cases Auctioned 30

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Boplaas Bonaparte Red Dessert Wine 1989

Well matured wine form an excellent 1989 vintage. Ideal to drink now but can mature for another 10 years. 40 Cases of this wine were sold at the 1991 CWG Auction and 6 cases at the 2002 CWG Auction. Lovely tawny colour with nutty, rich dried fruit flavours. Sugar and acidity well-balanced. Lingering aftertaste.

Winemaker: Carel Nel

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 600.00
Lowest: R 1 400.00
Average: R 1 520.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 100
Cases Auctioned 10

Analysis

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Bouchard Finlayson Auction Reserve Pinot 2001

100% Pinot Noir - 2001 was a vintage when the weather gods had empathy with the farmers. A great summer with soft dry weather and excellent high quality fruit. The wine underwent fermentation and maceration for 21 days in closed vessels, followed by fifteen month barrel ageing in new Mercury barrels. Tasting note: The new wood compliment has given the wine great structure, with full, soft tannins to ensure many years of positive development. Aromatically scented with exciting whiffs of truffles and fruits of the forest.

Winemaker: Peter Finlayson

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 350.00
Lowest: R 850.00
Average: R 1 078.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 156
Cases Auctioned 120

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Flagstone Dragon Tree Reserve 2001

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Pinotage - The concept behind this wine was to push the logistical boundaries of our Flagstone Winemaking technique to the limit. We picked Pinotage off our favourite vineyard in the Bottelary Hills on the 15th of February 2001. The grapes were sorted, cooled to zero degrees and de-stemmed into a Flagstone open-top fermenter. There they lay for two months at zero degrees until we picked the same tonnage of grapes from our favourite Cabernet vineyard in the Kuils River foothills. After sorting, the grapes were de-stemmed and fed by gravity into the same open-top fermenter. The cooling was switched off and cold-soak punch-downs began immediately. The whole berry mash took a further seven days to warm up to the temperature where spontaneous fermentation started. Fermentation was fairly rapid thereafter, rising to thirty-two degrees centigrade. The wine was pressed off just before primary fermentation was complete, straight into new American, one new French and one second fill French barrel. There it remained for the next eighteen months on its primary lees, undergoing malolactic fermentation in the barrel. Lees were stirred periodically and the wine received a rough pad filtration prior to bottling under screw-cap. Tasting note: Dense, dark red colour. On the nose, intense wild blackberry jumps out of the glass. This is backed up by toasty and ripe spicy plum and raspberry. The palate is as intriguing as it is balanced with loads of character. Black cherry, vanilla, chocolate chip muffin, cloves, toffee and just a hint of hedonistic animal magnetism.

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 400.00
Lowest: R 600.00
Average: R 775.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 171
Cases Auctioned 80

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Glen Carlou The Cottages Chardonnay Reserve 2002

100% Chardonnay - The CWG Auction Chardonnay has been made from the same single vineyard since 1996. Now named 'The Cottages', the wine is a full expression of terroir of this 1 ha vineyard. Natural yeast fermentation and 12 months maturation in 100% new French oak remains the traditional process used. Tasting note: The 2002 vintage was cool, with January rain showers expressed in the honey, straw and citrus flavours of this wine. A rich, tropical fruit palate with cinnamon oak flavours lasts with a long smooth finish.

Winemaker: David Finlayson

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 000.00
Lowest: R 650.00
Average: R 783.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 108
Cases Auctioned 80

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Glen Carlou Zinfandel 2002

95% Zinfandel, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon - As always, making great Zinfandel is a tough job. 2002 was no different, with the high sugars and ripe tannins causing a long, slow fermentation in barrels. Matured for 14 months in 50/50 French and American oak barrels, blended with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasting note: A more elegant and smooth Zinfandel than the 2001, this wine has ripe fresh mulberry and black berry flavours on the nose. Very youthful palate with fresh red berry flavours continuing long on the palate, backed by big, ripe tannins.

Winemaker: David Finlayson

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 350.00
Lowest: R 600.00
Average: R 907.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 92
Cases Auctioned 70

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Graham Beck Coastal Shiraz/Viognier 2002

95% Shiraz, 5% Viognier - Grapes were harvested together Northern-Rhone style and fermented dry on the skins during the punch-down period. Malolactic fermentation in tanks, after which the wine was pumped into small barrels for 13 months and then filtered and bottled. Tasting note: Prominent Shiraz character with spicy organic flavours. The addition of Viognier provides a slightly sweet dimension which lifts the Shiraz. Lots of fruit on the palate with a long aftertaste. Drink now to 2007.

Winemaker: Charles Hopkins

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 050.00
Lowest: R 700.00
Average: R 798.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 222
Cases Auctioned 100

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Graham Beck Robertson Barrel Fermented Shiraz 2002

100% Shiraz - The Shiraz grapes were picked at phenolic ripeness and cool soaked for 52 hours. Fermentation started on the skins. Traditional punch-down of the cap, after which the wine was pressed at 12 degrees B into barrel using a traditional basket press. The last 6% alcohol was developed in barrel where the wine was left on fermentation lees for malolactic fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was kept in contact with lees by batonage every 3 weeks. Barrel matured for 15 months in 100% New French oak. Tasting note: Intense, vibrant plum-like colour. Good intensity of spice and white pepper. Explosive palate with rich concentrated wood aromatics with plums, spice and violets on palate. Long and attractive finish.

Winemaker: Pieter Ferreira

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 800.00
Lowest: R 550.00
Average: R 634.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 100
Cases Auctioned 76

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Graham Beck Robertson Muscat De Frontignan 1997

100% Muscat de Frontignan - The grapes were picked at 26?B just before raisin stage with enzymatic maceration on the skins. Natural fermentation by wild yeast followed. Developed 4% volume natural alcohol and then pressed and fortified with natural grape spirits. The wine rested for 8 months in a stainless steel tank for integration and then was then matured in small French oak for 5 years. Tasting note: Attractive colour with a limey green hue. Great nose, with wonderful grape flavour, true to Muscat. Creamy elegant fruit well supported by the nuttiness from the oak with a long lingering finish. This is a totally unique style in South Africa.

Winemaker: Pieter Ferreira

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 800.00
Lowest: R 400.00
Average: R 528.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 500
Case Size: 6 x 500
Cases Produced: 150
Cases Auctioned 100

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Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1997

100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Helderberg, Firgrove and Stellenbosch Kloof vineyards. Fermented in open kuipe, basket-pressed and matured for 22 months in new 225 litre French oak barrels. 140 cases of this wine were sold at the CWG Auction 1999. Another 10 cases from Jeremy Walker's private collection are being offered in 2003 as part of the \Vinoteque Collection\. Medium-dark ruby-garnet colour. This wine has gained in complexity after 4 years of bottle maturation although the primary blackcurrants and violets aromas and flavours are still evident. The fruit, wood and tannin are well integrated - this wine is now ready for drinking, although it could probaby be kept for another 3 to 4 years.

Winemaker: Jeremy Walker

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 800.00
Lowest: R 1 500.00
Average: R 1 680.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 200
Cases Auctioned 10

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Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001

100% Cabernet Sauvignon - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) from four Stellenbosch vineyards (3 Helderberg, 1 Lynedoch). Fermented in open kuipe, basket-pressed and matured in new 225 litre barrels ? 92% French and 8% American oak. Racked from barrels after 22 months, then blended and bottled. Tasting note: Dark ruby, with slight garnet edge. Youthful violets, red berries & cassis complemented by cedar and vanilla aromas and flavours. Lively, spicy on the palate with firm, ripe tannins. This wine should develop and improve for at least 8 years from vintage.

Winemaker: Jeremy Walker

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 100.00
Lowest: R 850.00
Average: R 911.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 265
Cases Auctioned 110

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Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2000

100% Shiraz - The Gravel Hill is a single vineyard wine which reflects the unique site it occupies on Hartenberg Estate. Situated on the lower, pure red gravel stone slopes of the Estate, this terroir produces our most expressive and intense Shiraz every year. The wine spent 23 months in 100% new French oak. 120 cases of this wine were sold at the 2002 Auction. Tasting note: Black, red deep colour. Rich berry fruit and savoury notes on the bouquet, with a mix of black pepper and spice. Mouthfeel is layered, concentrated and brooding. Truffles and earthy flavours show on palate with soft lingering tannins. Drink now to 2008. This wine was rated 4* stars in Wine Magazine's March 2003 issue and judged their top 2000 vintage Shiraz for the year.

Winemaker: Carl Schultz

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 200.00
Lowest: R 900.00
Average: R 1 009.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 240
Cases Auctioned 120

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Jordan Auction Reserve 2001

66,2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 15,8% Merlot - A three-barrel blend of the best 'Cobblers Hill' barrels and a reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine has been named 'Sophia' after the legendary mother of Faith, Hope and Charity. Representing the characteristics of the 3 Bordeaux varieties that make up this exceptional wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot were harvested from the best hillside Vineyards at Jordan, with views looking out over Table Mountain and False Bay. Fermented at 28 degrees C with three pump-overs daily over the fermenting cap. After pressing, the wine was racked to barrel where it completed malolactic fermentation. The wine spent a total of 24 months in 225 litre French oak. Tasting note: Complex, dark chocolate, black cherry and cassis intertwine with rich blackberry fruit and hints of vanilla and spice from the integrated French oak. Densely layered, ripe tannins add to the opulent finish.

Winemaker: Gary Jordan

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 500.00
Lowest: R 1 200.00
Average: R 1 323.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 144
Cases Auctioned 120

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Kaapzicht Auction Reserve 2001

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Pinotage, 10% Merlot - The three cultivars were vinified separately in stainless steel red wine tanks. Pumping over was done at regular intervals. After malolactic fermentation, the wine went to new French oak barrels for 19 months. Tasting note: Young and complex. A dark regal ruby colour. Layers of sweet blackcurrant, mulberry, cherry and chocolate fruit with a lovely spicy oak. The texture is smooth and silky with a long full finish. Rich in flavour, showing a little gaminess on the finish.

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 800.00
Lowest: R 650.00
Average: R 690.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 1,5
Case Size: 3 x 1,5
Cases Produced:
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Kaapzicht Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001

100% Cabernet Sauvignon - The grapes were vinified in red wine fermentors, doing pump-overs at regular intervals. After malolactic fermentation, the wine went into French oak barrels for 19 months. Tasting note: The wine has an excellent colour concentration of dense ruby red. Perfumed nose of fresh blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, enveloped in spicy new French oak. Voluptuous melange of ripe fruit flavours in a cloak of oak and soft, ripe, tannins augur well for ageing.

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 800.00
Lowest: R 650.00
Average: R 686.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 130
Cases Auctioned 50

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Kanonkop 2000

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot - Matured in new French Nevers oak for 24 months. Tasting note: A full-bodied robust wine with intense blackberry and blackcurrant flavours. A wine that will need time to develop.

Winemaker: Beyers Truter

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 800.00
Lowest: R 1 300.00
Average: R 1 417.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 180
Cases Auctioned 100

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Kanonkop Pinotage 2001

100% Pinotage - Matured in new 225 litre French Nevers oak for 16 months. Tasting note: A full bodied wine with a deep red inky flavour. Sweet banana, berry and vanilla flavours which reflect the Simonsberg terroir.

Winemaker: Beyers Truter

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 3 000.00
Lowest: R 1 400.00
Average: R 1 556.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 125
Cases Auctioned 100

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Le Riche Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

100% Cabernet Sauvignon - Fermentation in traditional open fermentors for 5 days, followed by 14 days maceration on the skins. Secondary fermentation and maturation in new barrels for 12 months was followed by further ageing in bottle. Tasting note: The bouquet presents a harmonious blend of oak, cherries and spice. On the palate the wine is mouth-filling, rich and creamy. The aftertaste is clean and lingering, with a firm structure that will benefit with further maturation.

Winemaker: Etienne Le Riche

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 400.00
Lowest: R 1 200.00
Average: R 1 236.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 94
Cases Auctioned 84

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Rudera Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001

100% Cabernet Sauvignon - The fruit is from a single vineyard, on shale in the Koelenhof area. The vineyard is trellised on a four wire Perold system. Drip irrigation is available, to combine canopy management with stress management. Handpicked grapes were brought into the cellar on 27 February at 25,5? brix. The pH was 3.4, with a titratable acid of 7,6 g/l. Sorting was done in the vineyard, followed by berry selection in the cellar before crush. Our total production was 5,1 tons per hectare (35hl/ha) and only 86 x 6 x 750ml, plus 18 3-litre bottles were made. Tasting note: The wine started out opaque with a vivid, purple rim and then changed to a deep ruby wine, with wonderful intensity of colour. A nose of great depth, but at this stage, tight-knit. Allow a few minutes in the glass: a very attractive bouquet of violets and cedary, cigar box notes. The silky tannins are not apparent at first, the rich plummy, coffee palate seems chunky and big, but elegant at the same time. The long finish is firmed-up by very ripe tannins, culminating in a truly classic Cabernet.

Winemaker: Teddy Hall

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 1 250.00
Lowest: R 950.00
Average: R 1 077.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 86
Cases Auctioned 60

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Simonsig KV Cuvee Chene 200

80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir - Whole bunch pressed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay was fermented in older barriques for subtle oak influence. Malolactic fermentation added complexity. Three years on lees before degorgement and low dosage completed the process. Tasting note: Lemony Chardonnay backed by a roasted almond nuttiness. Delicious, warm bread yeastiness and subtle oak toastiness combine to give this wine a sophisticated and complex flavour.

Winemaker: Johan Malan

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 650.00
Lowest: R 500.00
Average: R 530.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 194
Cases Auctioned 66

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Simonsig Shiraz Auction Reserve 2002

100% Shiraz - Picked at 26?B from very low-yielding (3.7 T/ha) vineyards. Fermented between 26 ? 30?C with a total of 20 days on the skins. Matured in Vicard Prestige and Francois Freres barrels for 14 months before bottling in July 2003. Tasting note: Pepper and dried fynbos on the nose, with black mulberry flavours. Spicy oak vanillins and sweet cinnamon aromas integrate well with the concentrated fruit. Very tight, with substantial structure promising great maturation potential.

Winemaker: Johan Malan

Price raised per case

6 x 750ml or equivalent
Highest: R 950.00
Lowest: R 850.00
Average: R 897.00

Packaging

Bottle Size 750
Case Size: 6 x 750
Cases Produced: 140
Cases Auctioned 60

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