Providing they can jump through some laboratory hoops to prove their wine's health and technical fitness, CWG members can decide if they will put a wine on auction or not.
“Winemakers were more inclined to submit very good, but safe wines in order to secure selection in blind tastings, but this inevitably led to a narrowing down of the stylistic qualities of our Auction wines,” said CWG chair Loius Strydom.
CWG members believe it will boost creativity and achieve greater diversity of wines crafted exclusively for this Auction and prompt members to experiment with terroir, cultivar and wine styles.
One is left wondering if the Pinot Noir Peter Finlayson had on last year's auction would have passed the lab tests or if any local labs can do volatile phenol analysis.
Recognised as South Africa’s leading auction of rare wines open to the liquor and restaurant trade as well as the general public, the Guild Auction will remain unique in offering small quantities of wine, specially crafted to showcase the potential of South African wines to the trade and private buyer.
The 27th Nedbank CWG Auction will be held at the Spier Conference Centre in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 1 October 2011.
Wine enthusiasts will be able taste the 2011 Auction lineup at Auction Showcases in Cape Town on Thursday, 11 August, and Johannesburg on Thursday, 1 September. With the shift in focus to more unique offerings, pre-auction tastings are more important than ever for potential bidders to identify the rare and unusual that please their palates prior to the auction.