In Passing – Nederburg Wines of South Africa


Nederburg logo.jpegNederburg is a highly prestigious wine estate in South Africa’s Paarl Valley producing multiple award-winning wines. Most recently, it won the 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition trophy for best dessert wine. The winning wine was the 2008 Eminence, the natural sweet wine reserved for sale at the annual Nederburg Auction. In the words of the organisers, it surpassed a “huge line-up of sweet gold medal winning wines from all over the world, including Hungary, Germany, Canada, Australia and Chile”. This comes as no surprise.

Counted as one of the finest wineries in the world, Nederburg was established by Philippus Bernadus Wolvaart at the end of the 18th century, after he was given ownership of the 49-ha property by the Dutch East India Company, and it is regularly awarded five-star ratings by Platter’s South African Wine Guide, South Africa’s definitive wine guide.
Wilhelm Pienaar, Nederburg’s red winemaker was recently in Delhi. Sommelier India caught up with him fleetingly at an event organised by Aspri Spirits to showcase Nederburg wines. Here are a few sound bites from our quick exchange…
What does it mean to produce so many world class award-winning wines?
“For us at Nederburg, it’s very important for us not to stagnate; we constantly need to be inspired, even if it’s by winning prizes and awards. Hence, making wines ultimately boils down to the number of people who drink our wines and talk about them; the people in the value chain.
What sets Nederburg apart in the pantheon of South African wines?
“Our cellars date back to 1791 – they are probably the oldest in South Africa. We’ve been making wines for the last 222 years now. We produce 15 million litres of wine annually and are proud of our products. Especially our Fair Selection range, which is 100% fair-trade wine and keeps us socially responsible.”
How important is India as a growing wine market?
“India is a very important market for us, apart from China and Japan, and holds great potential. We are going to drive it and hope to develop it fully.”
Have you tasted any Indian wine?
“I had a Sula Cabernet Shiraz for lunch and was very impressed by it.”
Nederburg offers a broad range of products to the consumer and is divided into three tiers: a High Profile range which consists of Auction wines, a Reserve range of exceptional wines made of specially selected grapes, and the Standard range consisting of 17 wines. The sparkling wines and newly-released Nederburg brandy add the finishing touches.
Nederburg is represented in India by Aspri Spirits who participate in Nederburg auctions to bring their fine wines into the country for Indian consumers at the best possible prices

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