This year's Cape Winemakers Guild Auction saw a confirmation amount spent with red wines from three estates beating the previous top fee for a lot.
. For the whites, top lot was Cape Point Vineyards’ CWG Reserve Colorless 2013 at ZAR5,600 (£312) for a six-bottle case. Boplass’ Ouma Cloete Straw Wine 2013, made in Calitzdorp from sun-dried Viognier grapes, was also a high earner at ZAR7,200 (£402) for a case of six half-bottles.Held at Spier wine farm in Stellenbosch on 4 October, the auction attracted a confirmation 178 buyers, with 90% of the 61 wines on offer selling to South Africans. The Tsogo Sun hotel group was the top bidder, spending ZAR2.47m (£137,000).The CWG was founded in 1982 with the aim for members to share knowledge and collectively increase the quality and standing of South African wines. The auction wines are exclusive bottlings made, and also selected blind, by members.Confirmation http://1000-facts-about-wine.com donations of ZAR228,700 (£12,700) were raised for the CWG’s Protege Programme – a membership initiative for young winemakers and viticulturalists. A special 18-litre charity auction bottling comprising a blend of all 45 CWG members’ top wines, sold for ZAR80,000 (£4,450).The top five reds• Etienne Le Riche, Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2004 – average bottle fee R1,433.33 (£80)• Kanonkop, CWG Paul Sauer (Bordeaux blend), Simonsberg 2011 R1,433.33 (£80)• Boekenhoutskloof, Auction Reserve Syrah, Coastal Reserve 2012 R1,433.33 (£80)• Beyerskloof, Traildust Pinotage, Stellenbosch 2012 R1,333.33 (£74)• Etienne Le Riche, Auction Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2012 R1,233.33 (£69)The top five whites• Cape Point Vineyards, CWG Reserve Colorless (Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon), Cape Point 2013 – average bottle fee R933.33 (£52)• Ataraxia, Below the Gavel Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge 2013 R833.33 (£46)• Jordan, Auction Reserve Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2013 R833.33 (£46)• Mullineux, The Gris Semillon, Swartland 2013 R733.33 (£41)• Cape Chamonix, CWG Reserve Chardonnay, Franschhoek R733.33 (£41)