Tasting some highlights from the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2021

Jamie Goode, Greg Sherwood and Lisse Garnett taste some of the wines from the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2021, which will be held on October 2nd 2021 at Bonhams in London, and online.

We begin with two Syrahs: the Boschkloof Epilogue with its thrilling aromatics, and the structured, brooding Duncan Savage wine, which comes from the Swartland and is fermented whole bunch. Both are special wines. Then one of the most hotly anticipated lots: the 2018 Paul Sauer from Kanonkop. It’s stunning and has a long future ahead of it.

There’s a lovely Cabernet Franc-dominated Bordeaux-style blend from the talented Morné Very at Delaire Graff. Then we compare two wines made by ‘alternative’ South African varieties: the whole bunch Mourvedre from Sebastien Beaumont in Bot River, and Warren Ellis’ beautifully defined Tempranillo.

Then three white wines, all utterly compelling. Andries Burger’s Wagon Trail Chardonnay from Paul Cluver in Elgin is stunning expression of this interesting region. Then we taste Simonsig’s Die Dop Chenin, which – remarkably – is whole bunch fermented for 10 days then pressed. Finally, the debut wine from Samantha O’Keefe which is a thrilling Viognier-dominated blend. These are brilliant wines.