20 May Amorim Selected to Re-cork Rare Wines for Two Top South African Auctions
An initiative launched by Amorim South Africa three years ago to offer a service whereby rare old wines are re-corked to give them a new lease on life has led to Amorim being selected to give recorking support for wines that are to feature at two premier local wine auctions.
The Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction was announced recently to replace the Nederburg Auction and will introduce exciting changes, including moving from Nederburg Estate to the Rupert Museum in Stellenbosch. This will also entail a new selection process for rare and premium wines. The final wine selection will be curated by a panel of expert judges with strict criteria focussing on quality, rarity and collectability as the main drivers. The Auction organisers will select old wines deemed worthy of re-corking to increase their value and provenance to bidders.
And recently art auction house Strauss & Co announced that it has entered a joint venture with online wine merchant Wine Cellar to launch a fine wine auction programme. This endeavour aims to provide a transparent auction platform that introduces prospective buyers to a selection of South Africa’s finest wines.
Lots will be sourced directly from leading producers as well as approved private cellars, the line-up of wines curated by Higgo Jacobs, previously chairperson of the South African Sommelier Association. And as with the Cape Rare & Fine Wine Auction, Amorim Cork is the selected company to offer support in re-corking these gems with specially selected new natural cork stoppers.
All re-corked wines will be certified as having undergone this process and logged into a database ensuring authenticity.
According to Joaquim Sá, CEO of Amorim Cork South Africa, Amorim has re-corked rare old South African wines for the past three years, with extraordinary results.
“The wines are opened, assessed and the old stopper replaced with a numbered natural cork,” he says. “This most definitely adds value to the wine concerned by basically giving it a new lease on life and ensuring the wine will last for decades more. Over the past three years Amorim has re-corked old wines from leading brands such as Vin de Constance, Oude Libertas, De Wetshof and Hamilton Russell – the highlight being the resealing of an 1821 Constantia wine.
“We look forward to being involved in these two new fine wine auctions that are furthering the attention given of late to South Africa’s wonderful spectrum of old wines.”