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Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2022

By September 29, 2022December 12th, 2022General

Celebrating over Forty Years of Winemaking Excellence

The Fountain Terroir Specific Chenin Blanc 2021 – Total Production 156 Bottles
Stella Nova Cabernet Franc 2018 – Total Production 156 Bottles

September and October are the months we prepare for the Annual Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, where rare wines are sold to a select group of industry insiders who all vie for the coveted Guild wines.

This year we will again have two 5-Star wines on auction and we invite you, our Raats Private Cellar Family, to join the action by registering to bid on these spectacular wines. Register now www.capewinemakersguild.com.

With only 156 Bottles of The Fountain Terroir Specific Chenin Blanc 2021 and 156 Bottles of Stella Nova Cabernet Franc 2018 produced in total, these wines are the rarest wines Bruwer creates, exclusively for sale at the auction.

The Cape Winemakers Guild was founded in 1982 by a group of visionary winemakers to improve the quality of South African wine by tasting international benchmarks and sharing knowledge among its members.  This group consisted of winemaking legends, Achim von Armin, Billy Hofmeyer, Braam van Velden, Etienne le Riche, Jan “Boland” Coetzee, Kevin Arnold, Peter Finlayson and Walter Finlayson who successfully steered the Guild from its inception into the new millennium.

Membership is by invitation only, extended to winemakers recognised for their high standards of craftsmanship and excellence, with many of South Africa’s leading winemakers members of the Guild.  The CWG meets regularly as a technical tasting group, providing its members with an opportunity to evaluate wines from around the world and to share their knowledge and ideas – ensuring that CWG members remain leaders in the art and science of winemaking.

Bruwer’s CWG Story

It is no secret that Raats Family Wines, under the custodianship of Bruwer Raats, produce some of the most expressive and celebrated Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs in South Africa. With his painstaking attention to detail and quality, Bruwer has earned the reputation as the king of these varieties.

It was therefore no co-incidence that in 2017, he was nominated by winemaking legend Boela Gerber from Groot Constantia to join the Guild, recognising his contribution in creating benchmark Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.  Bruwer accepted this honour with humility and gratitude and has been an active serving Guild member ever since.

Bruwer’s inaugural auction wine in 2017 was the acclaimed Inboetstorie Cinsault 2016, selected from a 67 year old Cinsault block planted amongst a sea of Pinotage, hence the name.

This was followed in 2018 by the multiple award-winning The Fountain Terroir Specific Chenin Blanc 2017.  This wine received a 5-Star Platter each vintage from inception (2017 – 2020) and has just been nominated again for a 5-Star by John Platter for the current vintage.

Last year it was with much excitement that he debuted the Stella Nova Cabernet Franc 2017 which also was awarded 5-Star Platter status, doing justice to its name meaning “New Star”.  With Stella Nova Cabernet Franc 2018 on auction this year, again nominated for a 5-Star Platter award, Stella Nova is set to become a sought-after collector’s item.

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2022

The annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction showcases rare and unique wines produced in small quantities exclusively for the auction by the members of the Guild.  The wines have undergone rigorous screening by an independent laboratory before being tasted blind and selected by specialist panels of Guild members.

The auction will be held virtually and in person at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on 30 September – 1 October 2022.

CWG wines cannot be purchased anywhere, but at the auction, and we hereby invite you our members to have the rare chance to acquire these Guild wines by registering to bid.

THE WINES:

THE FOUNTAIN TERROIR SPECIFIC CHENIN BLANC 2021

100% Chenin Blanc
Raats The Fountain Terroir Specific Chenin Blanc is the best barrel of Chenin Blanc that Raats Family Wines Produces each year.  It is reserved annually for the CWG auction.
Drink now to 2027+

What the critics said…
Bruwer Raats, known as “the Chenin King”, has achieved astonishing depth with this wine underpinning why he is regarded as one of the best.

STELLA NOVA CABERNET FRANC 2018

100% Cabernet Franc
Raats Stella Nova Cabernet Franc reflects the lifelong passion Bruwer Raats has for this unique variety – a new star is born.
Drink now to 2035+

What the critics said…
Extreme viticulture or “Quality by Design” as Bruwer puts it on display, this wine flaunts a premium pedigree, supremely manicured textural elegance and effortless finesse.