A wine worthy of a standing ovation
10 August 2012 by Nederburg Auction
"Superb". "Spectacular". "Exquisite". These were just a few descriptions attributed by media and top buyers at the recent Auction Preview tasting to what was widely considered as the stand-out wine at the event - the oldest dessert wine in this year's line-up for the 2012 Nederburg Auction, the 1977 Vintage Edelkeur from Nederburg.
Edelkeur is Nederburg's signature dessert wine and the raison d'être for the Nederburg Auction. Produced from a single block of botrytised Chenin Blanc, it was made by Nederburg's legendary cellarmaster Günter Brözel, who overcame a particularly wet winter to produce a remarkable wine. "Noble rot grows in moist, humid conditions, often brought on by summer rains, followed by moderate temperatures and enough of a breeze to ensure good air circulation through the vine canopies. The winter of 1977 was almost catastrophically wet," recalls Günter.
Clearly it wasn't nearly enough to render the grapes useless. This highly decorated amber-coloured wine is an exquisite example of its type, displaying aromas of fruit, burnt wood, coffee bean and smoke with smooth, rich and concentrated characters and excellent limpidity, colour and persistence. Still very vibrant, it is smooth and rich and concentrated with a perfect balance between fruit and sugar.
View the tribute clip below - an ode to a remarkable man who paved the way for the noble late harvest category in South Africa and provided the inspiration for an Auction of rare wines to be an industry showcase for the country’s best, rare wines.
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