Thursday, June 07, 2018

The 2018 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Awards Luncheon at The Mount Nelson

It is time for you to hear who the winners were at this year's Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards. Held again over lunch at the Mount Nelson Hotel, there were some nice surprises and a few foregone conclusions, knowing the quality of the producers. Janice Fridjhon and her team at Outsorceress Marketing organise these events so ably. The public tastings will be held at the CTICC on June 13th and in Johannesburg at Sandton Convention Centre on June 15thGet your tickets for Cape Town here and for Johannesburg hereSee the winners and the lunch here

A welcoming glass of Graham Beck Brut
Canapés of small croquettes, and scallops and radish, which had a lovely flavour but were impossible to eat with the tiny sticks
More canapés. We like the information, especially as so many people have allergies nowadays
Tiny savoury tarts, wonderful pastry
Winemag publisher Christian Eedes and Riandri Visser of Cape Point Vineyards
Chatting on the terrace. Luke O'Cuinneagain, Wim Truter, Rudger van Wyk, Brad Paton, Thys Louw, Ian Sieg, Pieter Carstens and James Pietersen chatting before the event started
Miles Mossop and Carl van der Merwe of De Morgenzon
Miles is about to leave Tokara after 18 years and concentrate on making and marketing his own labels
We take our seats for lunch
  Ian Sieg (Douglas Wine Cellar), Wim Truter (KWV/Laborie), Klaas Coetzee (Stellar), Ben Snyman (Overhex/Survivor)
Michael Fridjhon opens proceedings
Duane Hendricks Sommelier at Grande Roche, Narina Cloete, winemaker at Blaauwklippen, Publicist Emile Joubert
It was a good menu, uncomplicated fresh food, beautifully cooked and presented
The vegetarian menu also had some lovely dishes
  Best seared pink tuna this year, so fresh, with a beautifully moist piece of salmon, the avocado and caper sauces were perfect accompaniments. Seaweed and samphire are also rarely seen and much enjoyed
Time to announce the Gold medals
Hugh Hacking of Old Mutual presented the Awards
Pieter Badenhorst of Fleur du Cap, Hagen Viljoen of Grande Provence, Martin Lamprecht of Marras, Jacques Cilliers of Zandvliet
The main course of seared loin of lamb
Gold Medal winners

OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW 2018
All the gold medallists – superlative, world-class
BOUTIQUE CLASSES (BC): non-dessert, non-fortified wines with a production volume of between 600 and 900 litres
MUSEUM CLASSES (MC): white wines at least four years old and all other wines at least eight years old
GREAT VALUE: medallists highlighted in red are priced at under R80 per 750ml bottle for white, fortified, Rosé and Blanc de Noir wines, and under R100 per 750ml for red, sparkling and unfortified dessert wines
Arabella Pinotage 2017
Backsberg Family Reserve White 2017
Backsberg Pumphouse Shiraz 2016
Beaumont Family Wines Dangerfield Syrah 2016
Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Buitenverwachting "1769"  2015
Buitenverwachting Christine 2012
Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek Sauvignon Blanc 2017
De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2016
De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2017
DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2017
DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017
Diemersdal Private Collection 2016
Diemersfontein Woolworths Reserve Collection Pinotage 2016
Eagles' Nest Merlot 2014
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016
Glenelly Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Grande Provence Chenin Blanc 2017
Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2011
Landzicht Wit Muskadel 2016
Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2015
Marras Swartland Los Tros Chenin Blanc 2017
Meerlust Rubicon 2015
Middelvlei Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Middelvlei Momberg 2016
Olifantsberg Silhouette 2014
Rainbow's End Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Rustenberg Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016
Springfontein Daredevils' Drums Bunches Broken Shiraz 2016
Springfontein Limestone Rocks Child in Time Petit Verdot 2012
Stark-Condé Round Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011 (MC)
Stellar Organics Woolworths No Sulphur Added Organic Shiraz 2017
Survivor Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Overhex)
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2016
Vergelegen G.V.B White 2013 (MC)
Warwick Cabernet Franc 2015
Warwick Professor Black 2017
Zandvliet Shiraz 2015
Klaas Coetzee, head winemaker at Stellar Winery with Rebecca Constable of Woolworths
Jacques Erasmus, responsible for making white wines at Spier
Alicia Rechner of Backsberg and Duane Hendricks of the Grande Roche with Grand Roche Trophy for Best White Blend
Thys Louw of Diemersdal receives the Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend from Michael Crossley of Reciprocal Trading
Simon Barlow of Rustenberg with Hilton Vos of American Express and the American Express Trophy for the best Cabernet Sauvignon
Ian Sieg of Douglas Wine Cellar with the Trophy for Best Fortified Wine: Landzicht Wit Muskadel. Apparently he rings Michael each time he gets an award and asks whether it is worth his while driving 1000 Km (return) to Cape Town. A word to the wise, if you get an invitation to these Awards, you have definitely won something
  Dessert was a gentle poem in Passion Fruit - a Crème, a Sable, a jelly, syrup and a sorbet
  Grande Roche sommelier Duane Hendricks
And now for the top awards. Pieter Carstens, head winemaker at Leeuwenkuil takes the Trophy for the best Red wine Overall
Jacques Erasmus of Spier gets the Trophy for the Best White wine overall
 Michael Fridjhon, Nic van Aarde of Warwick and Hugh Hacking with the Old Mutual Trophy for Most Successful Producer
Alex Mason-Gordon of Outsorceress Marketing, another great organiser
Jacques Erasmus of Spier with Anthea Eedes and the Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc and Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall
The Trophy winners
OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW 2018
All the Trophy Winners
Old Mutual Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall
Warwick Wine Estate
Makro Trophy Best Shiraz, Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy, Old Mutual Trophy Best Red Wine Overall
Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2015
Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc, Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall
Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016
Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show / Best Value Gold Medallist
Arabella Pinotage 2017
American Express Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Rustenberg Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Old Mutual Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine
Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2011
Old Mutual Trophy for Best Dessert Wine (Unfortified)
Buitenverwachting ‘1769’ 2015
Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend
Diemersdal Private Collection 2016
Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2016
Nestlé Pure Life Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc
Stark-Condé Round Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Grand Roche Trophy for Best White Blend
Backsberg Family Reserve White 2017
Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend
Warwick Professor Black 2017 (Sauvignon Blanc Semillon)
Trophy for Best Cabernet Franc
Warwick Cabernet Franc 2015
Trophy for Best Shiraz-Based Red Blend
Middelvlei Momberg 2016
Trophy for Best Pinotage
De Grendel Amandelboord Pinotage 2016
Trophy for Best Niche Variety
Springfontein Limestone Rocks Child in Time Petit Verdot 2012
Trophy for Best Merlot
Eagles’ Nest Merlot 2014
Trophy for Best Fortified Wine
Landzicht Wit Muskadel 2016
Trophy for Best Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc
Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011
Trophy for Best Museum Class White Blend
Vergelegen G.V.B White 2013

Nothing like a refreshing beer to relax the tension after the event. JD Pretorius, Duran Cornhill, Jacqueline Lahoud  and Brad Paton
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