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Old Mutual Trophy winners

The top Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show winners announced.

by: Cathy Marston | 30 May 2012
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The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show winners were announced at a festive luncheon at the Mount Nelson hotel. South Africa’s most prestigious show, now into its 11th year, is judged by a panel of local and overseas judges.

This year, the guests included journalist Anthony Rose from the UK, Tom Cannavan from website and renowned Australian winemaker, Brian Croser as well as local journalists, sommeliers, Cape Wine Masters and others.

Last year’s competition produced some surprise results, notably in the lack of top flight Chenins which were awarded medals. However this year sees much more success for Chenin, along with a continuation of success for Chardonnay and some excellent Sauvignon Blancs. On the red side, this year it was Shiraz which disappointed whilst Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends received high praise, although those results are not necessarily reflected in the medals and trophies awarded.

Many producers who gained gold this year will come as no surprise – Jordan, KWV, Eikendal – but one name which is far less familiar is that of Secret Cellar whose 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, retailing at a mere R26 from Ultra Liquors, is undoubtedly the star of the show.

Ultra’s winebuyer Mark Norrish is reluctant to reveal the source of his wine although he does say that it is one single small block in Darling, and as soon as he tasted it in tank, he was determined to have it. Compared with other gold medal Sauvignons, all of which cost R100+, it certainly seems he made the right choice!

Trophy Wines

Best sparkling wine - Villiera Woolworths Reserve Vintage Brut 2007

Best Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc - Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Best Wooded Sauvignon Blanc - Nederberg Two Centuries Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Best Semillon - Ormonde Ondine 2010

Best Museum Class Semillon - Cape Point Vineyards 2008

Best Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend - Vergelegen GVB 2009

Best Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend - Vergelegen  GVB 2007

Best Museum Class White Blend - Lomond Snowbush 2008

Best Museum Class Chenin Blanc - Jordan Chenin Blanc 2007

Best Pinot Noir - Chamonix Reserve 2010

Best Pinotage - Rijks Private Cellar 2007

Best Merlot - La Bri Merlot 2008

Old mutual trophy for best Unfortified Dessert Wine - Delheim Edelspatz 2011

Best Museum class fortified - KWV Reserve Port 1929 - Oldest ever Museum Class wine in the show's history.

Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Cape Port - Axe Hill Cape Vintage

Miele trophy for Best Chardonnay - KWV Mentors Chardonnay 2011

Harold Eedes Trophy for Chenin Blanc - Tokara 2011

Grand Roche Trophy for Best White Blend - Sutherland Viognier/Roussanne 2009

Riedel trophy for best Bordeaux-style Red Blend - Eikendal Classique 2009

British Airways comair Trophy for Best Shiraz - Painted Wolf Shiraz 2009

American Express Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Old Mutual Discovery of the Show - Secret Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine - KWV Mentors Chardonnay 2011

Old Mutual International Judges Trophy - De Grendel Shiraz 2010

Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine - Eikendal Classique 2009

Fairbairn Capital Trophy for most Successful Producer - KWV

Gold Medals


Du Preez Estate Hendrik Lodewyk MCC

Sauvignon Blanc

Secret Cellars Sauvignon Blanc   2011
Steenburg Reserve Sauvignon Blanc   2011
Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc   2011

White Blends

Manley Private Cellar Semillon/Sauvignon blanc    2010
Strandveld Adamaster    2010
Fable Jackal Bird   2010


Eikendal Chardonnay   2011
Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay   2011
Rustenberg Five Soldiers    2010
Summaridge Chardonnay    2010

Chenin Blanc
Remhoogte Honey Bunch Reserve Chenin Blanc 11


Deetlefs Estate Pinotage    2010
Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage    2010 


Boschendal 1685 Shiraz    2009
De Grendel Shiraz    2010

Red Blend

Dombeya Altus  2007
Le Joubert 1070 09

Noble Late Harvest

Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest   2010
Nuy White Muscadel    1977
Nuy Red Muscadel    1989


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