There are two questions on everyone’s lips re. the Saturday auction of Quoin Rock. Where did Bobby Jordan get that photo? It looks like Wendy is giving Shoprite Whitey the evil eye. The one with Clare Mack at Wendy’s last auction, the Nederburg Auction (below) celebrating the bottle stickers for Clare’s 100 Women 100 Wines competition, an edgy feminist initiative right up Wendy’s weg, is far better.
And why call her a philanthropist? Sure, she is one, but wildly successful wine farm proprietor would be more appropriate. Richard Astor, busy transforming Franschhoek with partner Mark Solms and their Solms Astor initiative, called himself a philanthropist when he enrolled his son Alfie at Bridgehouse School and they needed an occupation for their form. “Oh, you’re the first one of those we’ve had” said the secretary.
So did she overpay? Yes, says the former KWV chairman Danie de Wet. Speaking as a farmer, Danie reckoned R200,000 per hectare for the land and improvements for free. No says La Motte CEO Hein Koegelenberg, who thought R80 bar was fair. So at R55 million, Wendy is slap bang in the middle – pretty much where the Simonsberg lies with respect to Robertson and Franschhoek.