Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public tasting at the CTICC

Our journey to the Aegean meant we had to miss the Old Mutual Trophy Awards lunch at the Mount Nelson this year, so we were very happy to be able to attend the Cape Town public tasting at the CTICC last Friday. The event was well attended and the venue is large enough to accommodate a good crowd without becoming uncomfortably full. An indication of the steady upward growth in the quality of South African wines is the number of excellent wines which earned silver medals and which we thought deserved gold. Golds were hard won this year

Nitida's winemaker Danie Keulder, showing the Nitida Coronata Integration 2013, which was awarded a silver medal
The Boustred brothers, Rob and Chris, from Remhoogte, showed their Honey Bunch Reserve Chenin blanc 2014
We always enjoy finding a new discovery. Lauren Ritchie was showing the Rare Earth Vineyards SAV 2013 from the Garden Route, made by Anton Smal, which won a Gold medal
Spier Cellarmaster Johan Jordaan was showing three wines, his Trophy winning Single Vineyard Windy Peak Sauvignon bland 2014, made for Woolworths, and Single Vineyard The Hutton Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and the 21 Gables Sauvignon blanc, which was awarded a Silver medal
Trizanne Barnard showed her Trizanne Reserve Sauvignon blanc Semillon 2013 and Elim Sauvignon blanc 2014, both of which were awarded Silver medals
Trizanne was a judge for the show, but did not judge in these categories
Olifantsberg Silhouette 2013, from Breedekloof near Worcester, won the Trophy for the Best Shiraz-Based Red Blend, here shown to OMTWS judge Francois Rautenbach, Singita Premier Wine Direct Manager, by winemaker Elizma Visser
La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche pouring his Pierneef Collection Syrah Viognier 2013, a Gold Medal winner, for keen wine lovers
Antonij Rupert Wines' winemaker Dawie Botha took time off from showing his wines to take his wife Anma, Deborah Isaacs and Leigh-Ann Derbyshire round the hall
Rustenberg won Trophies for the Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2012 and Peter Barlow 2009 red blend, here being poured by winemaker Murray Barlow
Keen interest by the punters in Durbanville Hills wines, keeping cellarmaster Martin Moore busy
The show was well attended and the tasting tables were kept busy right to the end
Mark Norrish of Ultra Liquors was awarded a Trophy for the 2013 Secret Cellar Merlot Malbec Cabernet sauvignon #702
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