A 50-year vintage from a private Stellenbosch cellar is up for auction – with 500 other wines

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  • More than 500 bottles of South African wine will be auctioned on 25 February.
  • The bulk of the auction features bottles of wine from a private underground cellar in Stellenbosch.
  • A 1972 bottle of Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon is the oldest vintage on offer, while a 1987 Kanonkop is also expected to draw major attention.
  • Around 60 bottles of rugby memorabilia wine will also go under the auctioneer’s hammer.
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More than 500 bottles of South Africa wine, sourced from two private cellars, are heading to auction, with a 50-year-vintage and collectible rugby memorabilia being some of the most sought-after.

Exclusive red wines dating from 1972 to the early 2000s form the bulk of the auction starting on 25 February. Around 60 bottles of rugby memorabilia wines will also be auctioned. This is a no reserve auction, meaning that all bids will be accepted without any minimum sale price in place.

The Collectors Wine Auction, facilitated by the High Street Auction Company, comes three months after the previous sale. More than 2,500 bottles of wine from South Africa’s top estates, valued at around R1 million, were auctioned in November.

Whereas previous auctions have offered stock once-owned by restaurants that were forced to close during the Covid-19 pandemic, the upcoming auction features wines from two private collections.

“This time around, the wine is from two private collectors, one collector supplied us with 500 bottles from his private underground cellar in Stellenbosch,” Stef Olivier, director and auctioneer of High Street Auctions, told Business Insider South Africa.

“He currently has more than 2,000 bottles of wine in his collection, but being 84 years old, he states that he won’t be able to drink all his wine before he passes away one day and would like to offer his wine to someone else that will enjoy it as much as he does.”

Rare South African wine

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Highly collectible wines from this private cellar include Nederburg wines dating between 1972, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1987, and 1989.

A bottle of 1987 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Kanonkop wine estate is expected to draw a lot of attention at the auction, according to Olivier. A rare 5-litre bottle of Kanonkop Paul Sauer, also produced in 1987, was the highlight of the previous wine auction in November.

“The second collector has about 60 bottles of rugby memorabilia wines that he has collected over the last 40 years,” said Olivier.

Rare South African wine

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Rare South African wine

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Two bottles of 1989 vintage red wines bare the markings of Doc Craven, labeled as “the greatest rugby legend”. Other wines in honor of South African rugby icons include bottles branded as and signed by Frik du Preez and Mannetjies Roux.

The collection also includes Rugby World Cup wines and “quite a few British & Irish Lions Special Edition collectable wines”.

Rare South African wine

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The Collectors Wine Auction will be held in Observatory, Cape Town, from 25 to 28 February. Bidders will need to first pay a refundable deposit of R2,500 to take part.

(Compiled by Luke Daniel)

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