Hidden Valley Wines Shipwreck Shiraz 2009 Top Selling Red Wine At Nederburg Auction

AT the recently held Nederburg Auction in Paarl, the Hidden Valley Shipwreck Shiraz 2009 was the top selling red wine in the red wine category. According to the Auction office the 12 bottles sold for an average of R 5500 per bottle. Dave Hidden, owner of Hidden Valley, recalls, “I was involved with the setting up of the very first Nederburg Auction as a wine maker at Stellenbosch Farmers Winery which then owned the famous estate. For my family Shipwreck Shiraz to be sold at the 40th Auction and to obtain the highest red wine price at this prestigious event was mind blowing. It felt like we had come the full circle.”

“I decided to make the sea an integral part of the wine-making process in a way that had never been attempted before,” says Dave. Hidden sought people who could provide relevant technical assistance on how to sink a barrel of wine into rough sea, thereby creating a unique maritime maturation cellar for his 2009 Shiraz. “Superior red wines need to be oak-matured at consistent temperatures and humidity. Underwater at Cape Agulhas is an ideal, natural environment:  the temperature is consistently around 13ºC and the humidity is constant! “. The major challenge was to immerse the barrel in the sea but prevent the wine from being contaminated by salt water. A container had to be built that would withstand high pressures and vigorous wave action. A Perfect Marine Maturation Cellar!!

After 15 months submerged in the Agulhas currents, the barrel was retrieved on 9 March 2012. For those who finally uncork the bottles and decant the contents into their glasses, there awaits a last, incontrovertible boast: they are enjoying a unique “sea” wine that was matured in a barrel in the wild open sea, a first accomplishment in the international wine industry.   Click here to watch the video clip on the sinking and maturation of the Shipwreck Shiraz 2009. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkMybdwJREk .

A true collectors item, only 100 numbered bottles remain for purchase at R5000.00 per bottle from the cellar. The wine can be ordered on line via the Hidden Valley website www.hiddenvalleywines.com or direct from the cellar.  Sales will be specially allocated with preference given to Wine Club Members.


With the most recent Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Awards, the small Stellenbosch producer of fine wines has been the recipient of a double gold award for their Sauvignon Blanc 2014. Last year saw the Sauvignon Blanc 2013 vintage scooping a double gold at the Veritas Awards and a gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards.

For more information on Hidden Valley Wines contact Tel: +27 21 880 2646 Email: info@hiddenvalleywines.co.za

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