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Auction takes action against wine fraud

The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild has introduced a new security seal designed to prove the authenticity of each wine sold at its auction next month.

David Finlayson, treasurer of the CWG
David Finlayson, treasurer of the CWG

Citing the recent high profile counterfeiting scandal involving Rudy Kurniawan, CWG treasurer David Finlayson commented: “The Guild auction has become the pinnacle showcase for South African wines and it is crucial that we protect the integrity and assurance of quality of the wines sold annually at this event.”

As a result, all wines put forward for the event will carry a security foil strip along the base of their back label to tell buyers the year in which the bottle was auctioned.

This year, the 30th running of the auction, will see a record number of lots put forward. The 61 lots, each of which has been produced specifically for the auction by members of the CWG, include 40 reds, 18 whites, one Méthode Cap Classique, one straw wine and one pot still brandy.

An additional feature of this year’s event will be the charity auction of an 18-litre bottle containing a blend of 2012 vintage wines from each of the Guild’s 45 members.

The CWG Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre in Stellenbosch on Saturday 4 October. The event is open to the public, with prospective bidders required to register by Friday 26 September. The event follows on from the country’s record breaking Nederburg Auction, which took place earlier this month.

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