Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sommeliers Selection wine awards at Open Door Restaurant at Constantia Uitsig

A total of 101 wines was selected from 400 entries for the first Sommeliers Selection Wine List, which was judged only by members of the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA).  The judging panel was chaired by internationally acclaimed sommeliers David Clarke and Higgo Jacobs. The award ceremony last Friday was attended by many members of the wine and food industry and, following the awards, the wines were available for tasting
Winemakers, brand ambassadors, sommeliers, chefs,  restaurateurs and the media assemble
Darielle Robertson of DnA Event Management announced the awards
She was assisted by Anne Ferreira and Neil Grant, co-owner of Open Door. It is a very interesting selection
"The focus of the competition was to keep it fresh, new, and different, but still retaining the serious aspect of wine, whilst guaranteeing the highest standard."
The Wine By The Glass Trophy Wine List winners in each category are:
HOUSE WINE - WHITE

Nederburg
Riesling 2014
HOUSE WINE - RED

Hartenberg
Alchemy Syrah 2013
HOUSE WINE -BUBBLES

Graham Beck
Brut Rosé NV
WHITE - FRESH/CRUNCHY

Villiera
Sauvignon Blanc 2014
WHITE - ELEGANT/CLASSY

La Motte
Chardonnay 2013
Laibach
The Ladybird White Organic 2014
Shannon
Semillon 2014
WHITE - FULL/RICH

Durbanville Hills
Rhinofields Chardonnay 2012
Grande Provence
Chardonnay 2013
RED - FRESH/ JUICY

Stellar
Organics Reserve 2013
RED - ELEGANT / CLASSY

Longridge
Pinotage 2013
Hamilton Russell
Pinot Noir 2014
RED - VOLUPTUOUS/RICH

Flagstone
Dragon Tree 2012
Oldenburg
Syrah 2012
VINTAGE MCC

Domaine des Dieux
Claudia 2009
BLANC DE BLANCS

Bon Courage
Blanc de blanc 2009
STICKYS

Paul Cluver
Noble Late Harvest 2014
INTERNATIONAL WINES

Domaine Grier - France
Rosé 2014
FORTIFIED

Monis
Muscadel
The audience listens to the awards
All the winners were available for tasting afterwards
The Trophies
The wines were arranged in the award categories. Here are the Whites
and the Fizz
and the "Stickies"
John sneaked into the kitchen to see the chefs at work
The Trophy winners with their awards. Getting this picture was no picnic, like herding cats!
Jubilation
The tasters and the organisers
Judges
The PR ladies
We get down to serious tasting
Group head chef Annemarie Steenkamp preparing small slider hamburgers for the tasters
It's an open kitchen
And there is an elegant bar
Loads of glasses for the tasting
The restaurant
It also has a good outdoor terrace
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© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015
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