The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012 public tasting takes place in Cape Town this Friday night, 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 tasting will present a record number of 218 wines which achieved Trophy, Gold and Silver medals.
The list of winners is on www.trophywineshow.co.za and includes wines from KWV, Jordan, Vergelegen, Eikendal, Thelema, Chamonix, La Bri, Painted Wolf and Tokara.
As before, Trophy Wine Show patrons can expect to sample the very best wines entered into the 40 different categories. Since this tasting includes an array of the top achievers in both regular and lesser-known grape varieties, it serves to showcase the best of South African wines. It is 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.
Wines can be ordered at special prices via MAKRO at the public tasting.
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. Tickets are limited, cost R120 each and may be available at the door. 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.
Enquiries: (011) 482 5936; www.trophywineshow.co.za; www.outsorceress.co.za. Find us on Facebook and follow #omtws and @omtrophywines on Twitter.
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.