The results of the 2015 OMTWS were released at a function held at the Mount Nelson in Cape Town on 27th May.
What they indicate is that South Africa’s wine industry delivers consistent results. Most of the Trophy and Gold Medal winners this year are frequent winners, evenly distributed between dry white and dry red wines. In the Silver class, whites dominate.
27 Gold medals were awarded, from which 17 Trophy Wines were selected. These included 11 dry red wines, 12 dry white wines, 3 dessert wines, 1 Cape port, and included 4 Museum Class entries. This count is down from last year where there were 37 gold medals and 20 trophies. This is because of the uneven quality of vintages this year. There were over 1000 entrants.
The strongest classes were Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon-Semillon blends and Shiraz. Merlot and Pinot Noir continued to show weakness in the higher medal categories, while Pinotage and Méthode Cap Classique delivered solid results but no trophy.
Of the Trophy and gold medal winners, Eikendal, Flagstone, Iona, Nederburg, Rustenberg, Spier, Fleur du Cap, Vergelegen, KWV, Kleine Zalze, Jordan, Diemersdal, Paul Cluver, Highlands Road, Saxenburg and De Krans are all past winners. However, there were also new faces notably La Motte, Perdeberg, Rare Earth, StellenRust, Wildekrans (among the golds) and Morgenster, Olifantsberg and Leeuwenkuil amongst the trophies.
Old Mutual, headline sponsor of the competition since its inception, takes the top wines on a national roadshow to present them to some 3000 wine enthusiasts in eight cities in Southern Africa. Within the next two weeks, a series of tastings will be taken to seven major centres countrywide including Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London followed by a Masterclass® in Windhoek. Wine lovers in Cape Town and Johannesburg will be able to taste more than 102 trophy, gold, silver and some of the Museum Class medal-winning wines at public tastings in Cape Town and Sandton on 12 and 18 June respectively, and will have an opportunity to judge these top achievers for themselves.
The Icons Guide has been replaced with a downloadable app so you always have it with you throughout the year.
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in Johannesburg will be held on 18 June 2015.