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Wine/vintage S.A. wine potential values


Dear Paul,

I would be grateful if you could give me some idea what the following vintage wines would fetch to a collector ?

Nederburg Selected Cabernet 1970.

Backsberg Selected Paarl Valley Cabernet 1973.

Fleur Du Cap Pinotage 1980.

Nederburg Paarl Cabernet Sauvignon 1980.

All the wines are probably corked.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Bruce Macdonald

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Hi Bruce

I am not sure I am the best person to answer this question for you. Since I am based in the USA, I know more about current values in the US market, and these wines would not bring top dollar here.  South African wines are not seen as collectible, and their values lag far behind similar wines from Napa and Bordeaux.  I don't believe that any of these wines would surpass $50 US in this market. Note that these prices would not be the same as at a charity auction, where the prices are always much higher---because the bidders are supporting a good cause.

I have seen bottles of the Nederburg priced at under $35 a bottle, and the others are probably similarly valued here in the US.

And I think you mean that all of the bottles are properly corked and stored...if they are "corked" meaning spoiled, they won't have any value at all!

It's quite possible that these wine might sell for more in RSA, but i don't have experience with that.

Hope that helps

Paul Wagner  


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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.


30 years in the business.

Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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