It is tradition to mark the start of judging of the annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show with a tasting of old South African wines (whites fifteen years after vintage or older and reds 25 years after vintage or older).
Yesterday’s line-up included such stand-out wines as Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 1986, GS Cabernet Sauvignon 1966, Lanzerac Pinotage 1961. However the wine that seemed to most wow the audience collectively was Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1959 (from half-bottle).
“Put that in a line-up of 1959s from Bordeaux and it would’ve knocked most of them out of the field,” said international judge Neal Martin (based in the UK and The Wine Advocate’s South African reviewer). The wine was extremely tertiary on the nose but displayed a surprising amount of juicy red fruit on the palate before a delicious soy sauce finish; medium bodied and very elegant.