Important announcement regarding the terms and conditions of this auction.
This auction is being conducted during a National State of Disaster in South Africa and in accordance with the various Regulations passed by the Government in South Africa in response. Presently, South Africa’s National State of Disaster is at Level 4, which limits certain commercial activity. Read More →
This auction is being conducted during a National State of Disaster in South Africa and in accordance with the various Regulations passed by the Government in South Africa in response. Presently, South Africa’s National State of Disaster is at Level 4, which limits certain commercial activity.
In the result and in order to ensure that this auction can proceed in a manner that is compliant with the Regulations and for as long as the national state of disaster remains in place and subject to Regulations applicable to each Level, Strauss & Co will not be able to make available for collection, any item that is not listed in the Regulations until after the lockdowns have been lifted or the Level has been reduced to a point at which such items can be collected or transported.
In respect of the auction of works of art, decorative arts and jewellery, the auction will proceed and sale will be concluded in accordance with our amended terms and conditions. At the fall of the hammer, you will become obliged to pay for these lots against receipt of an invoice and such works will be made available for collection as Regulations allow.
In respect of the auction of wine lots, the auction of these lots will be conducted in accordance with our amended terms on the basis that the sale of wine will be deferred. At the fall of the hammer, you will become obliged to pay for these lots against receipt of our invoice. The sale, transfer of ownership and collection of wine will however be deferred until such time as the Regulations allow for the sale of wine. Our amended terms cover these issues in full.
Any further participation in this auction constitutes acceptance of these terms, which are in any event contained in the amended terms applicable to the auction and available on the websites of Invaluable and Strauss & Co.
Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Having previously visited Bordeaux, Nico Myburgh realised that the terroir there was very similar to that of his farm near the Eerste River. In 1978, Giorgio joined Nico at Meerlust in which was to be a dynamic, fruitful decades-long friendship and partnership between owner-vintner and cellarmaster.
Finally, in 1980 after several years of experimentation with fellow winemaker Giorgio Dalla Cia, their new estate was born and it was unlike anything South Africa had seen before. Made by Giorgio, the name ‘Rubicon’ is from ancient Roman days as the crucial border of the ancient capital was named the Rubicon River. When the border was crossed it was deemed as an irrevocable point in history, much like the introduction of Rubicon to the South African fine wine market.
Already considered a standard bearer for Cape Bordeaux-style reds in the early 90's, Meerlust retained their tradition of nuance and understatement, resisting to plunge into the 'New World' fruit (& oak) forward fashion of the time.
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