Wine lovers (including me of course) gathered in their hundreds to taste the fine wines that scooped prestigious awards in this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show held at the CTICC in Cape Town.
More than 160 wines were made available for the Cape Town Wine Tasting event. The wines were all recognised earlier this month for their excellence by a panel of international and local judges chaired by South Africa’s wine authority Michael Fridjhon. The international judges included Kirk Bauer (Germany), Simon Field MW (UK) and Benjamin Roffet (France). The South African panel featured Narina Cloete, Christian Eedes, Patson Mathonsi, Alexandra McFarlane, JD Pretorius and François Rautenbach.
The wines tasted included the Best White Wine Overall (Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block A 2017,) Best Red Wine Overall (Kruger Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017) and the Discovery of the Show/Best Value Gold Medallist (Bonnievale Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015).
“This year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show again demonstrated the skills of the Cape’s winemakers, who defied the challenges posed by the drought and the weak economy to again produce a wide array of exceptional wines,” says Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand at Old Mutual.
She adds that the success of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show has inspired the launch of the Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show. The new competition will bring the formidable judging methodology of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show to the spirits market in South Africa.
The categories for both local and international brands are Brandy, Gin, Whisky, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Fruit spirits, Liqueurs, Arise Liqueurs, Bitters and Digestives. The judging process of the entries for the Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show is currently underway with the awards event scheduled for early July. More information on the Old Mutual Trophy Spirits Show will be made available soon.