Over R8?mln in sales at wine auction

2013-10-07 00:00

THE rock-star appeal of the members of the Cape Winemakers Guild was apparent at their annual wine auction, held at Spier in the Stellen­bosch Winelands over the weekend, as sales soared through the R8 million mark.

The final figure of R8 401 400 was 46% up on the 2012 turnover of R5,7 million. The auction, which attracted 163 buyers this year — the biggest contingent yet, also set a new record for the highest price per case of R6 200 achieved by the Hartenberg Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010.

“The overall growth and increase in the average price per bottle by 14,5% is testimony to the high quality of our auction wines, as endorsed by the excellent reviews by both local and international wine commentators prior to the auction,” said Jeff Grier, chairperson of the guild.

The auction, conducted by Henré Hablutzel of Hofmeyr Mills Auctioneers for the 16th consecutive year, attracted 145 local and 18 foreign buyers. In total 3 218 cases were sold at an average price of R2 609 per case and an average price per bottle of R435. The line-up of 58 wines comprised 35 red wines, 18 white wines, two Méthode Cap Classiques, one dessert wine, a port and a potstill brandy.

The bulk of the wines, 82%, went to local buyers with Alan Pick of The Butcher Shop and Grill in Sandton the biggest spender at over R1,3 million. Buyers from the UK spent R474 200, Denmark R297 200, and Belgium R225 200.

The 10 top selling wines based on an average price per 6x750ml case were Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2010 with R5 255, Teddy Hall Eva (Krotoa) Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2012 with R5 210, Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2011 with R5 126, Neil Ellis Auction Reserve Pinotage 2011 with R4 910, Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2010 with R4 780, Beyerskloof Traildust Pinotage 2011 with R4 540, Ernie Els CWG 2011 with R4 128, Hartenberg Auction Reserve Shiraz 2010 with R4 015, Cederberg Teen die Hoog Shiraz 2011 with R3 953 and the Boplaas Ox Wagon 1880 Auction Reserve Potstill Brandy 8 Year with R3 708.

A record amount of R199 100 was raised in a charity auction on the day for the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme.

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