You are invited to join in on the 19th Annual Pinotage Auction, held by the Hermanus Round Table!
VENUE: Rivendell Wine Estate
DATE: Saturday 13 December 2014
PRICE: R300.00 p/person (which includes the tasting, table wines and a three course gourmet meal)
The Pinotage Auction is the main fundraiser for the Hermanus Round Table and is always a fabulous evening of wine and food. The wines are available for tasting from 17:30 and the auction commences at 19:00 and continues between the three courses of a gourmet meals designed by Master Chef Kevin Warwick to complement the Pinotage wines to be served. Lovers of fine wine and food will gather to celebrate and share an evening of fun with friends and make a meaningful contribution to charities supported by Round Table 267.
The wines on auction are aimed at wine lovers and collectors and will include unique Pinotages that are not readily available to the public (some not even obtainable at the cellars any more). Some of the cellars who have already donated wines for the auction are Slaley, Longridge, Swartland Cellar, Beyerskloof, Southern Right, Landskroon, Stanford Hills, Wine Cellar, Lyngrove, Grangehurst, Long Mountain and Raka.
The Pinotage story: It almost did not happen, the four seedlings were almost lost!
Briefly, Professor Izak Perold returned from Europe with no less than 177 different grape varietals to experiment with and improve the quality of local vines. Why he chose to cross Pinot Noir, the prince of French red varietals with the humble Hermitage (perhaps because the latter performed so well under local conditions?) is a mystery as he left no notes. He only produced four seeds from this crossing and they were planted in his own garden (after being grafted onto selected rootstock) at Welgevallen where he could keep an eye on them. Then, while he was away his garden had to be “cleaned up” and his four Pinotage vines were nearly lost to posterity.
It wasn’t until 1987 when the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year awards featured Pinotage as the varietal, that the grape started receiving the recognition it deserved. Beyers Truter of Kanonkop won the Winemaker of the Year award and sent collectors scuttling back to their cellars to taste the old bottles of Pinotage they had stored. It was a pleasant awakening!
Kanonkop was responsible for the next giant leap forward for Pinotage when their wine won the Robert Mondavi Trophy for the best red wine at the 1991 International Wine Show in London, and Beyers Truter was crowned International Winemaker of the Year. The Pinotage Association of South Africa has taken on the task of seeking excellence in this wine and the ABSA Top 10 celebrates the best of every harvest.
Our thanks go to the following sponsors and participants of the 2013 event, most of whom have supported us for many years: Ashton Wynkelder, Viljoensdrift, Rijks, Bergheim, Swartland, Mooiplaas, Lanzerac, Landskroon, Laibach, Lyngrove, Grangehurst, Kaapzicht, Nitida, Kanonkop, Kleine Zalze, Beaumont, Wildekrans, Raka, Southern Right and Sumaridge.