Hamilton Russell Vineyards
RMB WineX Johannesburg and Talk Radio 702 Best Wine on Show Awards 2008
12 November 2008 by Out Sorceress Marketing
Gauteng winelovers flocked to the ninth RMB WineX Johannesburg held at
the Sandton Convention Centre at the end of October. A record count of
more than 15,500 wine enthusiasts passed through the doors for the four
evenings of the show. With over 1,300 wines from 250 exhibitors to
choose from, 1,500 visitors cast their vote in the 2008 Talk Radio 702
Best Wine on Show Awards.
Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Springfield and Diemersfontein led the field of 21 wines which made the top rankings. KWV received the most votes for their full range of wines on show.
The most popular wines at RMB WineX Johannesburg 2008 were:
Joint first position Talk Radio 702 Best White Wine on Show: Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2005 and Springfield Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Hamilton Russell Chardonnay : 1st place RMB WineX Cape Town 2008 and 1st place RMB WineX Johannesburg 2007
Springfield Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc: In top 10 ranking at RMB WineX Cape Town 2008
Talk Radio 702 Best Red Wine on Show: Diemersfontein Pinotage 2007
The list of the top ten wines at RMB WineX Johannesburg (including those with tied scores):
1st place at RMB WineX Cape Town 2008 and in top 10 at RMB WineX Johannesburg 2007
Top seller by volume at Shop@Show at RMB WineX Johannesburg 2008
Talk Radio 702 Best White Wine on Show
Joint 1st: Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2005 and Springfield Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2008
3rd: Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2007
The balance of the Top Ten in alphabetical order
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Forrester Meinert Chenin 2007
Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2007
Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007
Mooiplaas Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Vrede en Lust Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Talk Radio 702 Best Red Wine on Show
1st: Diemersfontein Pinotage 2007
2nd: Lindhorst Statement 2005
The balance of the Top Ten in alphabetical order (includes wines with tied scores)
In what is widely regarded as the most credible consumer wine poll, the Talk Radio 702 Best Wine on Show Awards recognise and reward the country's top wines offered for sampling at the show. All but 10% of the wineries received votes in the ballot. Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block 2007
De Toren DDS Shiraz 2004
De Toren Fusion V 2006
Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2005
KWV Café Culture 2008
Meerlust Rubicon 2004
Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2004
Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2006
Schalk Burger & Sons No. 6 2005
Commented Michael Fridjhon, director of WineX: "The Best Wine on Show ballot has become a meaningful barometer of the style and variety most sought after by the country's premium wine consumer. The numbers are large enough to be statistically significant: Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, among the whites, and Bordeaux Blends and richly oaked Pinotages, among the reds, clearly showing what the WineX public prefer.
Now in its ninth year in Sandton and with 15 shows inclusive of RMB WineX Cape Town, the wine industry enjoyed a 25% increase in wine sales (on the 2007 record amount) generated through the Shop@Show retail facility transacted by Norman Goodfellow's. The top selling wine by volume was the Diemersfontein Pinotage 2007 and the top seller by value was the Meerlust Rubicon 2004.
Benoni Aurora Rotary Club raised just less than R190,000 for their services at the show and through winery donations.
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