Cheers For The Year & Report On Our December Auctions

As 2018 draws to a close it is time to reflect on what has been a very interesting year for us all at The Wine Auction Room. We wish to thank all who have come along for the ride whether you be a vendor or a buyer you’ve contributed to very successful first year for us. We’ve seen many familiar faces from our time with my previous employers and have also met many new people and we are grateful to you all.

December saw us have two online auctions with the second auction being our Zero Buyers Premium auction. Both auctions had a good number of registrations and bidders, especially in the Zero Fees auction, who picked up wines that represented great value. Highlights from these auctions included sales of many older Classed Growths from Bordeaux with many First Growths and some larger format bottles all selling. Included in these sales were OWC’s of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild from both 2012 and 2013 as well as 1990 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a 1964 Chateau Latour and some bottles of 1985 Chateau Haut Brion. We have traditionally always done very well with Bordeaux and it is one of our largest categories in most auctions.

Burgundy also had a number of great wines that have now found new homes. While we do make many very good pinots in New Zealand one can’t deny that Burgundy is where the great examples hail from. We have had a few Burgundies that have been through a couple of auctions and it was great to see that many savvy bidders took advantage of the zero fees and purchased some great wines.

New Zealand and Australia were well represented with some iconic brands in 750ml and 1500ml bottlings. Demand for these wines is always good and we were very proud to have them available. Australian highlights included 1996 Penfolds Grange and numerous vintages of Henschke Hill of Grace but also the many older and sub $20 Reserves we had on many wines that really offered tremendous value.

One of the main highlights for us, as it has been all year, was the fantastic cellars we have been getting many of our wines from. We are grateful to the vendors who realise that having great wines in your cellar is one thing but looking after them in the appropriate manner is so important. We have turned away wines that haven’t been looked after correctly and it is a real shame for both us and the owners of the wines but we will continue to do that, so we can bring to auction wines are in great shape.

With Summer here, or hereish, please don’t leave wines in your car for any period longer than necessary as the heat will spoil them.

We wish you all a great and safe Festive Season. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. The Wine Auction Room will be closed from midday 21st December and will reopen on the 7thJanuary 2019.

Have a great break and we will see you in the New Year.

Warmest Regards,