Monday, May 13, 2013

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show feedback at the Grande Roche, Paarl

Pictures of the judges during the feedback session:
Francois Rautenbach of Singita
Gary Jordan of Jordan Winery
Oz Clarke from the UK and Convenor Michael Fridjhon
Michael opens proceeding and begins to give us the feedback on what they have tasted over the last week and what the trends were.
Tom Carson, General Manager and Chief Winemaker of the Yabby Lake Vineyard in Australia
Wine Journalist Angela Lloyd
Gary Jordan tells us about the panels he tasted on and what they found in general
Oz Clarke had some very amusing comments about the tasting and complimented the SA wine industry
Eric Goettelmann, Chef Sommelier Exécutif at Bernard Loiseau, Saulieu, Burgundy, France
Wine writer Christian Eedes
A full room of journalists and wine industry people, but no one ever wants to sit in the front row unless they have to.
Belthazar sommelier James Pietersen
Rianie Strydom of Haskell Vineyards
Lots of people taking notes and listening intently
After the reporting session, we went down to the terrace on the front of the hotel and had lunch. An interesting menu and a selection of wines were served.  This should be a chance for the media to meet the judges
The starter of pan fried squid, and salmon trout on a black squid ink tagliolini with a tomato caper vinaigrette and a saffron foam. However we had prawns rather than squid.
Some of the white wines on offer with lunch.
Main course was an oven roasted tender Chalmar beef fillet on vanilla carrot puree and Pommes Dauphine (small potato croquettes). We are not sure we like vanilla with savoury courses, it certainly is a controversial debate. Some people adore it, we find it too sweet.
Judge Oz Clarke with Celia Gilloway, who has ably organised these Feedback sessions for years and who now works for Classic Wine magazine.
The judges having a last lunch together
It was a lovely day to have lunch on the terrace with the Grande Roche Rose garden in full autumn flower
Norman McFarlane amuses Joanne Gibson and this year’s event organiser Alex Mason-Gordon, who finally has a minute or two to relax over lunch.
Dessert was meant to be a fruit dumpling in a red wine sabayon and a Cape gooseberry ragout. Our dumplings appear not to have been cooked.  They contained a whole strawberry
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013

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