The American Express Barrel Auction
— Friday February 10th 2017 —
For the third year running, The Cape Wine Auction will be hosting The American Express Barrel Auction. Grab a wine glass and be treated to an incredible evening of entertainment surrounded by the picturesque Franschhoek Valley. This year, it will be hosted at the iconic La Motte in Franschhoek. This is a rare opportunity to taste, bid and potentially own exclusive yet-to-be-released vintages of some of South Africa’s top winemakers. Don’t miss out!
— Important Information —
Time: 17h00 arrival till late!
Barrel Auction: Bidding closes at 21h00
Dress code: Cocktail Dresses & Collared shirts (Ladies please note some on the event is held on grass so wedges are suggested)
Dinner: A Canapé styled Dinner will be served
Successful Bidders: Please note all successful bids are to be paid for on the evening.
— The Barrel Auction Lots —
Below are the Wine Lots available to purchase at the Barrel Auction.
#1 Twee Jonge Gezellen Estate
PRODUCT: Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut
#2 Villiera Wines
PRODUCT: Monro Brut
EXTRA: Dégorged Sept 2014
#3 Le Lude
PRODUCT: Vintage Reserve “Zero Dosage”
& Tête De Cuvée
VINTAGE: 2012 (X2)
#4 Stofberg Family Vineyards
PRODUCT: CWA Barrel Selection Pinot Blanc
EXTRA: Only two barrels made
#5 Detleefs Wine Estate
PRODUCT: Breedekloof Cape White
EXTRA: Old Vine Chenin/Viognier/Sémillon
PRODUCT: Fijnbosch Vineyard Chardonnay
REGION: Western Cape
EXTRA: Special Release
#7 Black Elephant Vintners
PRODUCT: CWA Barrel Selection Carignan
EXTRA: 1 x 225L barrel made
#8 Hannay Wines
PRODUCT: Estate Pinot Noir
EXTRA: Only 1000 bottles produced
EXTRA: Vintage Reserve
PRODUCT: Special Release Mourvèdre
EXTRA: 9 Years in barrel
PRODUCT: “Quantum” Grand Bordeaux
EXTRA: Bordeaux Red – Unreleased
EXTRA: New Release – Shiraz
PRODUCT: The Union
#14 La Motte
PRODUCT: Pierneef Syrah/Viognier
EXTRA: New Release
PRODUCT: Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc
EXTRA: Single Vineyard
#17 Rickety Bridge
PRODUCT: Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
EXTRA: Paulina’s Reserve – Pre-Release
PRODUCT: The 1932 Block Hanepoot
EXTRA: Pre-Release – 83 Year Old Muscat Vineyard
#19 Stellenbosch Selection
REGION: Mix Stellenbosch
EXTRA: 5 x Stellenbosch Producers
A, B – Thelema
PRODUCT: “Vin De Hel” Late Harvest & Sémillon Late Harvest
VINTAGE: 2014 (x2)
C – Keermont
D – Ken Forrester
PRODUCT: T-Noble Late Harvest
E – Delaire Graaf
PRODUCT: “Sunburst” Noble Late
F – Longridge
About La Motte
In 1695, a piece of land in the Franschhoek Valley was granted to German immigrant, Hans Hattingh. In 1709 the land was purchased by French Huguenot Pierre Joubert, who is believed to have named it after the village of his birth in Provence – La Motte d’Aigues. Viticulture on La Motte was established in 1752 with the planting of 4 000 vines by Huguenot descendant Gabriël du Toit.
In 1970 the farm was bought by Dr. Anton Rupert and a major development, restoration and conservation programme followed, which reinvented La Motte into a leading global wine producer and sought-after tourist destination. Vineyards have been progressively replanted with noble varieties, the latest viticultural practices have been introduced and a modern cellar has been built.
Today, La Motte Wine Estate is operated under the guidance of owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the estate.
The Tasting Room
La Motte’s completely redesigned and refurbished tasting facility, featuring a large fireplace for cosy winter tastings, has been highly commended for the inviting and friendly ambiance.
Here, a wide variety of La Motte’s award-winning wines can be sampled and purchased in a stylish and relaxing atmosphere. Seated at hand-made tasting tables, a welcoming tasting counter or on comfortable sofas, visitors have an unimpeded view of the working and maturation cellars through large glass panels.
Tastings are enjoyed amidst original works of art by acclaimed South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, after whom La Motte’s Pierneef Collection of premium wines is named.