Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Old Mutual Trophy public tasting at the CTICC

At last a chance to taste the winning wines (and several others) that we have heard about over the last few weeks. The judges are right, South African wine continues to improve and reach higher and higher standards. There were some knockout examples. At a large tasting like this we aim to taste as many trophy wines as possible and then fit in others. We find that this competition really does seem to drive quality, progress and innovation in the industry.
The fairly controversial wine that won the Trophy for the Best Shiraz and the best red wine overall Mount Sutherland Syrah from the Sneeuwberg mountains was very interesting. We didn’t find it to be an in your face fruit bomb, it is much more restrained, elegant and tight with some tannins but you can see the potential and why it scored 96 points. Saronsberg also scored 96 points and a gold medal for their elegant and structured Provenance Shiraz 2012 and this is ready to be enjoyed now.
The Chardonnays we tasted were exemplary, especially Trophy winner and best white wine on Show Mulderbosch 2013, Richness and freshness is what winemaker Adam Mason says he want – he has got it Museum Class trophy winner Chamonix Reserve 2008 really charmed us with it crisp acidity holding onto the lovely layers of golden fruit. And gold medallist Iona 2013 might just have to be put into our cellar soon. The Discovery of the Show Baleia Bay is there already.
We could cover pages with recommendations for many, many more of these wines. Ifyou see a wine with one of these awards and you can afford it buy a bottle to try and then buy some more if you like it. One you won’t be able to find is the KWV 1930 LBV Muscadel which won a gold medal in the museum class. What an extraordinary wine and how fortunate we were to get some in our glass, so thick and syrupy, so balsamic and yet still a joy to taste. Why do we ignore, neglect and not appreciate our superb sweet wines? They are one of the best jewels in our wine varietals
A good crowd gathers at the beginning of the evening
De Kranz makes excellent ports and they bear many awards, including this years Tony Mossop Old Mutual Trophy for the best Cape Port for their Cape Vintage Reserve 2011. The 2010 was the last of this style of wine to carry (legally) the appellation Port. After that, descriptions like Cape Vintage Reserve, Late Bottled Vintage etc. may be used, as long as we don't say "Port", even though the palate tells you that  that's what they are!
Boets Nel looking deservedly proud of the Trophy
Boets Nel chatting to Christian Eedes, Publisher and editor of Wine Magazine on line
Elsie Pells, Cape Wine Master, on the Bon Courage stand
Abrie Beeslaar’s lovely ladies with his 2012 Pinotage
Brendan Butler, winemaker at Nitida, having fun tasting - for a change
Winemaker Werner Muller with the superb Iona 96 point Gold Medal Chardonnay
Kyle Zulch, winemaker with Daniƫl de Waal at Super Single Vineyards. Their Mount Sutherland Shiraz won two trophies: Best Red wine Overall and Best Shiraz
Zia du Toit from Ormonde and their Ondine 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and Mark Norrish of Ultra Liquors with his Secret Cellar sauvignon blanc and also the trophy winning best MCC, the Table Bay Blanc de Blanc NV
Ollo Parker of Altydgedacht and his lovely ladies with their trophy for the superbly floral Weisser Riesling 2013
Tariro Masayiti and Hildegard Witbooi of Springfontein with their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Incidentally, several of the Nederburg award winning wines this year were made by Tariro when he was white wine maker there.
John enjoying a taste of the De Wetshof MCC with Marketing Manager Bennie Stipp. We are very fond of this wine
The Convention Centre on a crisp, still winter’s evening
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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