Purity in wine reconsidered

During the judges’ feedback session after formalities had been concluded at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the remark was made by Philip Constandius, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, that it appeared those officiating appeared to value wine purity above all else. What place for “funky” , then? It’s a good question.  If […]

May 10, 2017
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Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1978

To mark the start of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show , convener Michael Fridjhon typically presents a tasting of old South African wines for judges and a few other interested parties – white wines required to be 15 years on from vintage and reds 25 years on. The absolute stand-out for me and many […]

May 8, 2017
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Is there a more crucial positioning statement than price?

Those who have been following the South African wine scene for a while will remember that the winner of the 2007 Chenin Blanc Challenge as convened by Wine magazine while still in print was the unheralded Val du Chêne 2004 from producer-wholesaler KWV. The wine, which sold for the princely sum of R45 a bottle, […]

June 8, 2016
by Christian
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2016 results

Results of the fifteenth annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced earlier today. Total wines judged were 1067 (2015: 1082) and there were 35 golds, 113 silver medals  and 509 bronze medals. Top performers as follows: Old Mutual Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall Delaire Graff Estate American Express Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon, […]

May 31, 2016
by Christian
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2016: Basic medal count

Judging for the 15th annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was concluded today. There were 211 participating producers and 1 067 entries. Shiraz was the largest class with 112 submissions (120 in 2015), followed by Sauvignon Blanc with 105 entries (2015: 108) and Chardonnay with 104 (2015: 98). Museum wines have become an increasingly important […]

May 6, 2016
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Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel 2013

Muscadel from Northern Cape producer Orange River Cellars has been there or there abouts for a while now – near-desert-like conditions offset by irrigation from that river tends to full and delicious ripeness in the wines. The 2012 vintage of the Red won the trophy for best in category at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine […]

July 26, 2015
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Leeuwenkuil Cinsault 2014

I’m firmly in the pro-Cinsau(l)t camp but after tasting the Cinsault 2014 from Swartland producer Leeuwenkuil which won the trophy for best niche red variety at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show yesterday, I think there is a danger of pushing the variety too far, too fast. The Leeuwenkuil is a smart enough wine […]

June 19, 2015
by Christian
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Interview: British wine expert Steven Spurrier

From the June issue of Business Day WANTED: “Living legend” is one of those terms often applied too loosely but in the world of wine that is exactly what Steven Spurrier is. He is the man behind the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (or the “Judgment of Paris” as it came to be known), an […]

June 12, 2015
by Christian
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