The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is a national competition that seeks to identify the best wines in South Africa. The winners of silver, gold and trophy awards get to present their wares to discerning (and otherwise) buyers. I was at the Johannesburg event at Sandton Convention Centre on 12 June 2014.
A trophy is awarded to the highest scoring wine in each class. A gold medal is awarded to a wine scoring between 90 and 100 points. These wines are “superlative; world class”. A silver medal is awarded to wines of between 80 and 89 points which wines are determined to be “excellent; wines of distinction”.
1040 wines were entered by 211 producers. 23 trophies were awarded, 14 gold medals were awarded and 121 silver medals were awarded and 469 bronze medals were awarded. We decided to try the 23 wines which won trophies. Plus a few more.
The wines which won trophies were: Altydgedacht Weisser Riesling 2013, Baleia Bay Chardonnay 2013, Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2010 (which get a special mention as the dry white wine I liked best during the evening and its show price was R84 a bottle), Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2008, De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2011, Delaire Graff Coastal Curvee Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2013, Highlands Road Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Jakob’s Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (which gets a special mention as one of two red wines which I simply loved and it was possibly the best wine I tasted all evening but it doesn’t seem as if it is available for sale), Jordon Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, KWV White Muscadel Jerepigo 1968 (which was the second oldest wine on show – and not for sale – and positively delicious, and, of course, so evocative of Herman Charles Bosman’s Sip of Jerepigo, a book title which actually caused me to try my first Jerepigo back in the mid 70s – possibly even the 1968 Jerepigo), KWV The Mentors Semillon 2013, The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2013, Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2013, Nederberg The Brew Master 2010 (which gets a special mention as being positively wonderful and absolutely stunning value for money at only R109 per bottle), Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2011, Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel 2012, Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2011, Steenberg Vineyards Magna Carta Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013 (which gets its special mention as the most expensive wine for sale at the show), Super Single Vineyards Mount Sutherland Syrah 2012 (yes, the Sutherland that is so cold), Ultra Liquors Table Bay MCC Blanc de Blancs NV. Then I also tried the only wine older than me -the KWV Late Bottled Vintage Muscadel 1930 which won a gold medal – and which wine is also not for sale.
The Icons book about the Best Wines from South Africa’s Old Mutual Tropy Wine Show tells you about “The Wines You Have To Drink This Year” and it is a standard issue to every show attendee.
This was a wonderful event and I certainly hope to make this an annual taste treat.