Monday, October 05, 2015

Rosé Rocks Awards at the Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Rosé Rocks is a new competition for wine producers. Rosé wines have tended to come last when wine consumers consider quality and the idea of this competition is to recognise excellence in rosé winemaking and to promote the category in South Africa. Over 160 wines were entered into the competition and they were tasted blind
The judging panel was chaired by Cape Wine Master Allan Mullins. The judges with him were journalist and wine merchant Neil Pendock, journalist Marthelize Tredoux, Tinashe Nyamudoka, Sommelier at The Test Kitchen, Praisy Dlamini, assistant winemaker at Distell and journalist Malu Lambert Coleman
The awards were presented at an evening function on the deck at the Radisson Blu in Granger Bay, at the edge of the V&A Waterfront
The full selection of award winning wines was there for the guests  to taste
A glass of rosé bubbly for Boschendal winemaker Richard Duckitt
The event was held on the deck at the edge of Table Bay. Gulls played at the rim pool and surfers played in the waves
Panel chair Allan Mullins CWM
Judges Neil Pendock and Malu Lambert Coleman
Guests and award winners wait for the announcements
read out by Neil Pendock
Congratulations to Nic van Aarde of Warwick Wine Estate
Abilgail Donnelly announces the Best Designed label award
An evening view across Table Bay at the end of the ceremony
The top 10 rosé wines were
Arabella Pink Panacea 2015
Brampton Rosé 2015
Eagle’s Cliff Shiraz Rosé 2015
Fat Bastard Pinot Noir Rosé 2014
Noble Hill Mourvèdre Rosé 2015
Noble Savage Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2015
Signal Gun Rosé 2015
Slanghoek Vinay Rosé Natural Sweet 2015
Tamboerskloof Katharien Syrah Rosé 2015
Warwick The First Lady Dry Rosé 2015

 The top MCC Rosé Wines
First place: Villiera Woolworths Brut Rosé
Second place: Klein Optenhorst Pinot Noir 2012 MCC
Third place: Plettenvale Brut Rosé MCC
Sadly, we hear that Naas and Jenny Ferreira are selling Klein Optenhorst. Hopefully, the new owners will continue to produce this lovely wine and will maintain the immaculate gardens
Cavalli Estate’s Pink Pony Rosé won the category for the Best Designed label for a rosé wine. This category was judged by Abigail Donnelly, Taste Magazine food editor and chief Eat Out Awards judge, Jessica Ross, House & Leisure deputy editor and interior designer Liam Mooney
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2015

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