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Businessman Sello Rasethaba buys bottle of Tbo Touch's wine for R1.3m

By Lesley Mofokeng | 2016-02-16 16:58:42.0 | COMMENTS [ 39 ]

Metro FM DJ and businessman Thabo "Tbo Touch" Molefe made a spectacular debut of his TouchWarwick wine with the bottle selling for a staggering R1.3-million.

The creation of two families, Ratcliffes and Molefes, the cabernet sauvignon vintage bottle was auctioned off on Saturday at The AfriAsia Cape Wine Auction at Klein Constantia farm.

Molefe said the secret behind the success of TouchWarwick was in its making. He said the blending of the wine was given a thumbs up by some 15 sommeliers across the country.

"They gave it a five-star rating and that's affirmation from the highest society," he said.

On a personal level, Molefe, who comes from Sharpeville in the Vaal, sees this as a milestone.

"There are no winemakers from Sharpeville, but there are revolutionaries. I'm revolutionising the space I am. This is a reflection of corporate SA post-Mandela, a partnership of two families coming together and pooling their resources."

Molefe said the TouchWarwick joint venture started in 2013.

The affair was wall-to-wall with South Africa's A-listers such as Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, premium fashion designer David Tlale, Olympian Ryk Neethling, businesswoman Wendy Applebaum and Norma Ratcliffe, who is the first female winemaker winner.

The bidding for the 750ml bottle opened at R50000 with over 100 hands in the air. As auctioneer Dan Nicoll reached the R800000 mark, the tension in the room mounted, leaving just four contenders to battle it out.

In the end it was businessman Sello Rasethaba, executive director at Mediterranean Shipping Company, who made history and coughed up the R1.3-million - the highest price for a bottle of wine in South Africa at an auction.

The 2016 AfriAsia Cape Wine Auction raised a total of R15-million to educate children in the Western Cape.

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oldlady12

Tjo, R1.3mil for sour grapes? Anyways, best of luck to both the buyer and the seller. Enjoy what you have.

2016-02-16 17:01:54.0 | 4 replies

somaartakeit

They will need lots of luck now that big brother SARS is aware of this juicy transaction he is going to be making contact to get his slice of the action, lol

2016-02-16 19:02:35.0 | 1 replies
2016-02-17 10:21:41.0 | 0 replies

Shredder

He is a cadre. He has been deployed in several parastatals in the past.

2016-02-17 08:23:08.0 | 0 replies

Maluleke110

Oldlady12, mara the "sour grapes" phrase though! At least you made me laugh...

2016-02-17 09:02:52.0 | 0 replies

lelike

These are not just sour grapes Old. The have been kept for decades for that delicate taste. But it doesn't mean it has to cost same as normal expensive car should cost atleast R30K. He might as well burn the money into flames. Infact they should arrest this for misusing money it's the same as burning money while people are starving in this country and some kids failing to tertiary institutions.

2016-02-17 09:51:42.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

For that price, I'd need a genie to pop out of the bottle!

2016-02-16 17:18:44.0 | 1 replies

mlg

MommaC. You can also renovate your house and give away the furniture you no longer need for a brand new one and still have boxes of wines for your visitors.

2016-02-16 17:43:18.0 | 1 replies

s.cold

EVERY DOG FOR HIM/HERSELF,,,WE ARE TIRED OF POOR PEOPLE

2016-02-17 11:19:21.0 | 0 replies

mlg

One thing I never nor wont understand is, after buying that bottle of fermented sour grape juice. then what ?. By the way, this "Tbo Touch" is very short to be next to this tall slender woman. A couple strolling amongst the people with a guy being shorter than the lady is not a good scene. maybe it is because I am tall and with a bellykie and fat coming out as I grow older and guzzling beer moertoe. Jeer! how I wish I was still younger, tall and slender. I'm beginning to be shapeless now because of these wines, beers and hard-staff.

2016-02-16 17:24:06.0 | 2 replies

somaartakeit

therefore his resources are compensating for his 'short' *no pun intended& comings lol I feel sorry for the d@rkies who have just come to money, they throw it away on useless stuff, Kanye West has just extended the begging bowl to Mr Zuckerberg, cause he like this chap here don't understand value of money, now the counter-down has begun as to when wifey is going to dump his broke n!gga @ss, lol Amber will have the last laugh,

2016-02-16 19:06:26.0 | 0 replies

CHUCKNORRIS1106

And your comment started from a R1.3mln bottle of wine and now it's about short and tall couple. Wow.

2016-02-17 08:35:16.0 | 1 replies

s.cold

STUPID MONA/JELAS N!GGER,,,,,,,TALK ABOUT 1.3 MIL NOT COUPLES

2016-02-17 11:22:29.0 | 0 replies

skwamasamabele1

*singing a football song* What a waste of money!!!, What a waste of money!!!!. If you can afford to buy sour grapes for that much,

You can afford to move a desperate family out of Alex or from any skwatta camp. Now that would be good spending of your money.

2016-02-16 18:17:06.0 | 2 replies

AskokaM

True Bro Skwama! A couple of families for that matter or educate some kids. How is this wine vintage esandoqala khona loTwang Touch?

2016-02-17 07:22:48.0 | 1 replies

CHUCKNORRIS1106

Make your own money and go move desperate families in Alex.

2016-02-17 08:36:13.0 | 2 replies
2016-02-17 08:54:59.0 | 0 replies

skwamasamabele1

Chuck- Sin must be speaking about selfish kaff!rs like you when he says there's 8 million black people who are millionaires and not very good at sharing wealth.

2016-02-17 15:21:10.0 | 1 replies

CHUCKNORRIS1106

You can make your point without swearing msunu kanyoko.

2016-02-18 09:22:27.0 | 0 replies

CHUCKNORRIS1106

Remember that this is not about you.

2016-02-17 08:52:02.0 | 1 replies

lindsay

nor about you also so back off

2016-02-17 10:37:19.0 | 1 replies

CHUCKNORRIS1106

When people don't have positive thing to say, they will get aggressive. You guys always comment kak on every article even where it's not necessary. Can't even hold a debate/dialogue for 2secs without swearing at someone or completely moving away from the topic.

2016-02-17 11:21:16.0 | 1 replies

skwamasamabele1

You deserve being sworn at. You are a fucking idiot. You give ammo to white racists. It's okay to be selfish and buy a buffallo (Ramaphosa) for millions of rands, and to buy a stale bottle of plonk for R1.3 million, whilst the people are getting more and more poor.

D!ckhead.

2016-02-17 15:24:01.0 | 1 replies

CHUCKNORRIS1106

Golo likanyoko eligxazayo.

2016-02-18 09:23:01.0 | 0 replies

CRM083

Tender money? Me wonders

2016-02-16 18:53:26.0 | 1 replies

somaartakeit

don't worry taxman is hot on his heels...lol

2016-02-16 19:07:26.0 | 1 replies

mlg

Somaar. Especially when open a wallet and try to impress the whole nation. They like to market themselves "Ndiboneni nam ndinemali. Andiyokaka mna andifani nani". Then Big Brother SARS strikes. If I could ever get R-millions, I would keep low profile so much that even my relatives shouldn't know. Once they know, then every Jack and Jill would claim to be my cousin.

2016-02-16 20:05:38.0 | 2 replies

AskokaM

lol me too MLG. I wouldn't make drastic lifestyle changes ezizojumpisa

2016-02-17 07:24:20.0 | 0 replies

RasPipiro

"every Jack and Jill would claim to be my cousin", Lol

2016-02-18 08:04:39.0 | 0 replies

Jazzyass99

Some people are very very wealthy. If he can afford to buy a bottle of wine for 1.3 million, just imagine how big is his wallet. Maybe he is a multi-billionaire or something in that category.

2016-02-16 22:25:16.0 | 2 replies

Vongsta

Yoooh I'm sure...that bottle I'm sure its delivered by a chopper

2016-02-17 08:49:07.0 | 0 replies

Kupe

I think it is just a gimmick. A marketing ploy, nje.