Strauss & Co presents SA’s first ‘Fine Wine Week’ ahead of 14 September auction


Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auctions, a ground-breaking joint venture with leading online fine wine merchant Wine Cellar ( and expert sommelier Higgo Jacobs, is set to host ‘Fine Wine Week’ in September – a week of unprecedented wine experiences from 10 – 13 September – preceding its highly anticipated first Cape Town Auction on Saturday 14 September.

Following the successful inaugural June auction in Johannesburg, this second larger edition Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction held at The Westin Hotel will include iconic international wines and rare vintages of South Africa’s finest wines. In the lead-up to the auction, a series of fine wine experiences will highlight the most remarkable lots to go under the hammer. See for all the event information and bookings.

First Growth Bordeaux

Among these experiences is the Marquis Event, a hedonistic ‘First Growth Bordeaux’ dinner at FYN restaurant, highlighting the 1998 First Growth lot. Master of Wine Tim Aktin will host a public tasting of his 95+ point wines, poured by SA’s leading winemakers themselves. Sommelier Higgo Jacobs and Wine Cellar Director Roland Peens will present a Fine Wine Workshop and finally, none other than leading SA winemaker Eben Sadie will host a once-in-a-lifetime vertical tasting of his iconic red, Columella.

Fine Wine Workshop

Fine Wine Workshop, hosted by Strauss & Co fine wine auction partners Higgo Jacobs and Roland Peens
Date: Tuesday 10th September Time: 6:30pm – 8pm Venue: Wine Cellar | Unit 4, Price’s Park, Nelson Road, Observatory, Cape Town Cost: R350 per person (purchase your tickets via Wine Cellar) Seats available: 50

Join Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction partners Roland Peens, Director of Wine Cellar and Sommelier Higgo Jacobs as they guide you through the South African fine wine market and introduce the Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction Program. Learn about the history of fine wine, as well as how to buy, sell, store and handle this exciting alternative asset. Vintage wines, dating back to 1970 will be presented and these will also be on auction on Saturday 14 September at The Westin in Cape Town.

Marquis event

Marquis event: 1998 First Growth Dinner at FYN by Peter Tempelhoff Date: Wednesday, 11th September Time: 6:30pm – 10pm Venue: FYN Restaurant | 5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament St, Cape Town Cost: R16 500 per person Seats available: 10 For bookings please contact

Featuring Bordeaux purchased en-primeur and only released at 21 years of age, this very special dinner at Cape Town’s finest new ‘downtown and sky-high’ restaurant by Peter Tempelhoff showcases the luxurious marquis lot featuring 2 bottles each of the 1998s from Chateaux Petrus, Cheval-Blanc, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux and Latour. We start this exceptional food and wine journey with the already legendary Dom Perignon 2008. The six First Growth Bordeaux will then be presented by Sommelier Higgo Jacobs and Wine Cellar Director Roland Peens. With scores from Robert Parker ranging up to 100 points, 1998 was a fine vintage, especially on the Right-Bank. This once-in-a-life-time tasting of mature Bordeaux will be accompanied by Peter Templehoff’s cuisine at FYN Restaurant where South Africa’s wild freedom is tempered by the rigours of contemporary cuisine to create a restaurant at the edge. A Jeroboam of St Julien Second Growth Ducru-Beaucaillou, also from 1998, will also be served along with Chateau d’Yquem 1998 for the dessert courses.

Columella Vertical Tasting by Eben Sadie

Columella Vertical Tasting by Eben Sadie Date: Friday: 13th September Time: 11am – 1pm Venue: The Westin, Cape Town Cost: R1000 (Purchase your tickets on Wine Cellar) Seats available: 40

Eben Sadie was voted Winemaker of the Year in 2017 by the Institute of Masters of Wine, a London-based professional body with an unsurpassed international reputation. This is an astonishing feat considering previous winners produce the world’s most sought-after wines. Eben has led the South African fine wine market over the last two decades, inspiring a new generation of producers and wines that are now making waves around the world. His signature red wine, Columella, represents his journey to produce the finest Swartland expression. It has incidentally shaped the region and South Africa’s modern identity.

Tim Atkin MW’s 95+ point tasting

Tim Atkin MW’s 95+ point tasting: a personal selection of South Africa’s best wines Date: Friday, 13th September Time: 3:30pm – 7pm Venue: The Westin, Cape Town Cost: R500 per person (Purchase your tickets on Wine Cellar)

Join Tim Atkin, award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine, with over 30 years experience, for a tasting of his ‘Wines of the Year’ scoring 95+ points from his 8th annual South African Report. You will be able to meet the winemakers and taste South Africa’s finest wines, being poured by the winemakers themselves. The comprehensive and authoritative Tim Atkin Report is the result of an extensive tasting process in which over 1,700 South African wines are reviewed annually. Drawing inspiration from the original 1855 Bordeaux Classification, the Tim Atkin Report also identifies the top 250 wine producers in South Africa, ranking them within the six classification tiers from First Growth to Crus Bourgeois. The annual report scores wines on a 100-point scale, with scores of 90-94 the equivalent of Silver and 95 and above Gold. The report will be released in September.

Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction

Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction Date: Saturday, 14th September Time: 10am – 2pm Venue: The Westin, Cape Town After a successful June 8 Johannesburg auction, Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auctions will host its main event in Cape Town on 14th September. Not only will the sale include South Africa’s finest and rarest wines, but the line-up of icons from Bordeaux and throughout Europe is on offer. The catalogue will be released on the website on 23 August where pre-registration is available. The auction is open to the public and there will be further opportunity to register on the day. Absentee and telephone bidding is also available.

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