June Online Wine Sale - Stellenbosch theme
31 May 2021
The historical town of Stellenbosch, which features some of the finest examples of Cape Dutch architecture, boasts a winemaking tradition which stretches back to the end of the 17th-century.
The mountainous terrain, good rainfall, deep well-drained soils and diversity of terroirs make this a sought-after viticultural area. Along with the historical names, contemporary wineries continue to keep Stellenbosch at the apex of South African wine. Elegant and yet powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay continues to spearhead the region, while Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot and Cinsaut also produce world-class wines.
Keet First Verse 2011
Chris Keet was winemaker and viticulturist of the iconic Cordoba winery since its inception for 15 years, establishing a cult status for these Cabernet Franc driven blends that have already shown their popularity on previous Strauss fine wine auctions. Chris embarked on a three-year sabbatical after Cordoba closed production, and then he established Keet Wines. From the onset, with the release of the 2009 vintage, the return of the Keet winemaking signature was welcomed by the industry with critical acclaim.
‘Made at Van Biljon winery from fruit purchased across the Stellenbosch region this remarkable Bordeaux blend combines 29% Cabernet Sauvignon with 26% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 13% Petit Verdot. The new oak is kept to 10% here, allowing the precise, elegant, graphite and herbal notes to express themselves. Polished tannins, fresh acidity and ripe, but not over-ripe flavours. Drink: 2014-22’ – Tim Atkin SA Wine Report 2014, 95/100
Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2011
Nestled between majestic mountains on the Helshoogte pass, Delaire was established by John and Erica Platter in the early 1980s and is now one of the jewels in the Cape Winelands. Current owner, luxury brand mogul, Laurence Graff, has transformed the ‘vineyards in the clouds’ into a Cape art, hospitality and wine destination bar none. Under the auspice of winemaker Morne Vrey, Delaire Graff has amassed a host of awards and is listed as a ‘first growth’ producer by Tim Atkin MW.
The crown jewel is produced in honour of the proprietor, assembling the very finest from the incredible estate.
2011 has the makings of an icon: complex, layered and individual, yet classic in form and structure. Barrel selection from Cabernet Reserve, with dashes of Malbec and Petit Verdot; produced only in best vintages.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2015, 4.5*
Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2006
The Black Label was introduced as a limited-edition bottling with this 2006 the first vintage, cementing the team’s confidence in South Africa’s own red variety.
’60-year-old vines. 1 500 bottles made, which sold out in three hours. The complexity is very evident, medicinal, meat. Great craft. Impressive. One to silence the doubters?’ – Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20″.
Mvemve Raats De Compostella 2011
Mvemve Raats, or MR for short, is a collaboration between Bruwer Raats and Mzokhona Mvemve. De Compostella, meaning ‘field of stars’, is their icon with an international reputation for being a stellar Cabernet Franc-driven Bordeaux blend – with all the trophies to prove it. It stands today as the highest rated Bordeaux-styled red wine from South Africa by the Wine Advocate and was lauded by Neal Martin as ‘one of the most memorable wines in the world’. It was also named one of the Top 10 Reds from South Africa for 4 consecutive vintages in US publication Wine Spectator.
‘The 2011 MR de Compostella comes from separately vinified parcels that are assessed blind after 12 months, the highest rated barrels spending another 12 months in wood, a tripartite mixture of new, one and two-year-old oak. It has a seductive bouquet that is beautifully defined: blackberry, raspberry and blueberry fruit wrapped up in judicious new oak and hints of cedar and sandalwood that come through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp red berries, soy and hints of spice. It is perfectly controlled with more finesse on the finish than the twenty odd South African samples I tasted before this. To sum up this wine in two words: world class. Ignore at your own risk.’ – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Oct 2013)
Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2015
After nearly 2 decades at La Motte, Jacques Borman established family-owned Boschkloof in 1996 and built a reputation with these quality, structured, long-lived Stellenbosch reds, most notably Syrah, earning him a membership with the Cape Winemakers Guild. Around the turn of the last decade the arrival of his son Reenen onto the scene (also behind the successful Patatsfontein, Kottabos and Sons of Sugarland) saw the bar being raised even further, with many commentators tipping him as one to watch in terms of next generation Cape winemakers.
‘Reenen Borman says this is the “easiest wine to make because the grapes are so good” and what a site this is. Dense, grippy and wonderfully perfumed with layers of Asian spices, subtle whole bunch characters, refined oak and remarkable depth. Now established as one of the Cape’s great Syrahs. Drink 2020-30’ – Tim Atkin SA Wine Report 2017, 97/100
2021 Press Releases
- 3 Jun 2021 Stellenbosch Wine highlights discussed by Higgo Jacobs
- 3 Jun 2021 June 2021 Online Auction: Highlights Walkabout
- 4 Jun 2021 Exploring Botanical Art
- 25 Jun 2021 Museum Moments – Sanlam Art Collection
- 3 May 2021 A Single-Owner Private Collection of Fine Wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace and Champagne
- 4 May 2021 Still Life with Lilies by Irma Stern (1948)
- 5 May 2021 John Muafangejo, the Namibian master of linocut, shines at Strauss & Co auction
- 5 May 2021 Artist Focus: Keith Alexander
- 5 May 2021 Auction Highlight: Robert Hodgins, The Consulting Room
- 7 May 2021 Works from forty years of international superstar William Kentridge’s career under the hammer in May
- 8 May 2021 Four collections, each a statement in connoisseurship, lead Strauss & Co’s May sale
- 8 May 2021 The wide Namibian horizons of Adolph Jentsch come into view on Strauss & Co’s May Auction
- 10 May 2021 Interview with Angus Taylor in the artist's studio
- 10 May 2021 Artist Focus: John Meyer
- 10 May 2021 Contemporary Art Highlights: May 2021 Virtual Live Auction
- 10 May 2021 The Red Roof, Cape Town by Wolf Kibel
- 10 May 2021 William Kentridge: Untitled, Drawing from Il Ritorno d'Ulisse
- 10 May 2021 David Koloane: Dogs Chasing Birds & Township Dogs (2017)
- 10 May 2021 Alexis Preller: Grand Mapogga II & Mapogga Terrace
- 17 May 2021 Auction Preview Walkabout: May 2021 Virtual Live
- 20 May 2021 New world records for Keith Alexander and Sydney Kumalo at Strauss & Co sale
- 20 May 2021 À votre santé: Strauss & Co toasts its successful sale of a single-owner collection of French wines
- 25 May 2021 Rare botanical art and new contemporary paintings among highlights of Strauss & Co’s June sale
- 27 May 2021 A story of art, gender and science unearthed in Strauss & Co’s June sale of botanical art
- 31 May 2021 June Online Wine Sale - Stellenbosch theme
- 6 Apr 2021 Auction Highlights: April Live Virtual Auction
- 7 Apr 2021 Larry Scully's Black Madonna at the Regina Mundi Cathedral, Soweto
- 15 Apr 2021 Museum-grade works by printmaker John Muafangejo from the Orde Levinson Collection to go on sale
- 15 Apr 2021 Strauss & Co’s diversified offering draws international collectors to its April sale
- 19 Apr 2021 Matriarchs of power: Strauss & Co’s May sale features outstanding portrayals of women
- 28 Apr 2021 African Lion: John Muafangejo
- 1 Mar 2021 Single-owner designer book and art collection on sale at Strauss & Co
- 15 Mar 2021 Strauss & Co’s sale of the property of a Johannesburg book designer trumps expectations
- 16 Mar 2021 KWV Collection and five-star Pierneefs lead Strauss & Co’s April marquee sale
- 16 Mar 2021 Online Auction Guest Curator: Kim Kandan, KZNSA Gallery Director
- 16 Mar 2021 Printmaking and photography under spotlight in Strauss & Co’s March sale
- 16 Mar 2021 Strauss & Co vinous auction treasures, a trio of top SA wine producers
- 16 Mar 2021 The Madonna and Child of Soweto, a symbol of hope
- 17 Mar 2021 Auction Highlights: March Online Auction
- 22 Mar 2021 March Online Auction, Guest Curator: Kim Kandan
- 23 Mar 2021 Two rare and important oils by pioneer painter Thomas Bowler enter the market
- 24 Mar 2021 Strauss & Co’s April sale includes two remarkable single-owner collections of Chinese porcelain
- 25 Mar 2021 A stillness of baobabs by J.H. Pierneef leads Strauss & Co’s April offering by South Africa’s foremost landscape painter
- 27 Mar 2021 Seminal works by Banksy and Mr Brainwash underpin Strauss & Co’s robust contemporary offering