The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012 public tastings take place in
Sandton on Friday, 8th June and in Cape Town on Friday, 15th of June.
Now in its 11th year, the competition is widely regarded as the country's most rigorous wine selection process. The single night tastings present around 100 wines which achieved Trophy, Gold and Silver medals at the judging in May, when close to 1 000 wines were assessed blind by a panel of highly regarded international and local palates.
As before, Trophy Wine Show patrons can expect to sample the very best wines entered into the 40 different categories. Since these tastings include an array of the top achievers in both regular and lesser-known grape varieties, they serve to showcase the best of South African wines. Both events are held shortly after the announcement of results and while there are still stocks of the top wines for collectors seeking to add the best of current release Cape wines to their cellars.
The list of wines and producers in attendance at the public tastings are kept under wraps until 30 May when the Most Successful Producer and the full results of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012 will be announced on www.trophywineshow.co.za.
All wines present at the tastings can be ordered at special prices via Makro at the public tastings.
Public Tasting Details:
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting – Sandton/Jozi
Date: Friday, 8 June 2012 – one night only!
Venue: Sandton Sun (Maroela Room), cnr Alice Lane and 5th Street, Sandton
Time: 18h00 to 21h00
Parking: Secure underground parking available at the hotel and neighbouring shopping malls.
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting - Cape Town
Date: Friday, 15 June 2012 – one night only!
Venue: CTICC (Ballroom West), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Time: 17h00 to 20h30
Parking: Secure underground parking available in CTICC parkade.
Light meals are for sale at the tasting.
Bookings: Ticket sales via www.computicket.com or call 0861 915 8000 or (011) 340 8000. Tickets are limited: ‘Early bird’ tickets bought by 27 May will cost R100 each and tickets sold thereafter and at the door (subject to availability) are R120 per person. Ticket includes tasting glass, unlimited tastings and a take-home copy of ICONS, the show’s comprehensive review of all the successful wines of the year.
For enquiries please call: +27 (0)11 482 5936 or visit www.trophywineshow.co.za or www.outsorceress.co.za.
The judging panel has been chaired by leading wine authority Michael Fridjhon since the inception of the show in 2002. The 2012 panel comprised three international judges of high standing and six local judges covering a broad range of expertise. The international judges were: Brian Croser (Winemaker and industry icon, Australia); Anthony Rose (UK and Asian wine columnist) and Tom Cannavan (Scottish wine blogger – see www.wine-pages.com and UK wine broadcaster).
The South African judges were Ginette de Fleuriot CWM (Marketing Manager, Vinimark), Gary Jordan (proprietor-winemaker, Jordan Wines), Christian Eedes (wine writer and blogger – see www.whatidranklastnight.co.za), Angela Lloyd (wine judge and writer), James Pietersen (head sommelier of Belthazar and Balducci restaurants) and François Rautenbach (Head, Premier Wine Programme, Singita Lodges). The participation of a team of associate judges, drawn from the pool of rising South African winemaking and judging talent, is included in a supportive capacity.