Sell personalities not wines

Sell personalities not wines.

Old Mutual Trophy Winners for 2011

18 Category Trophies at the 10th Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.

White Wine Trophies:

Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc: Delaire Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc – Museum Class: Lomond Sugarbush 2007

Trophy for Best Semillon: Cape Point Semillon 2006

Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Blend: Spier Creative 2

Grande Roche Trophy for Best White Blend: Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Special White Blend 2010

Trophy for Best Chardonnay: Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2009

Trophy for Best Riesling: Jordan Riesling 2009

Trophy for Best Riesling – Museum Class: Hartenberg Weisser Riesling 1999


Red Wine Trophies:

Trophy for Best Merlot: Hillcrest Quarry 2008

Trophy for Best Pinotage: Rijk’s Pinotage 2007

Trophy for Best Pinot Noir: Meerlust Pinot Noir 2009

Trophy for Best Shiraz-based Red Blend: Ormonde Theodore Eksteen 2008

Trophy for the Best Shiraz: Thelema Shiraz 2007

Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon – Museum Class: Cathedral Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 1995 (KWV)

Trophy for Best Bordeaux-style Blend: KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2009

Dessert Wine Trophies:

Trophy for Best Dessert Wine: Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2008

Trophy for the Best Fortified Dessert Wine: Nuy White Muskadel 2005

Trophy for the Best Fortified Dessert Wine – Museum Class: KWV White Jerepigo 1933

Other Trophies:

Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy: Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2009

Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show : Nuy White Muskadel 2005

Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine: Thelema Shiraz 2007

Fairbairn Capital Trophy for the Most Successful Producer: Spier Private Cellar



Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011: Trophy and Gold medal awards

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011: Trophy and Gold medal awards.


 THE CAP CLASSIQUE ASSOCIATION welcomes all participants and wishes you a successful day.  The 2nd Technical Seminar will be held on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at Joostenberg Conference Center, Stellenbosch.

The program is as follow:

08h00 to 08h50 – Registration

09h00 to 09h15 – Welcome by Chairman, Pieter Ferreira & Update on Cap Classique & Viteff Expo.

09h15 to 10h45 – Session I

  • Cold Stabilization and the use of CMC in Champagne – Presented by Alain Bourgeois from IOC, Champagne & CDS-Vintec.
  • Cold Stabilization and the use of CMC in South Africa – Presented by Nicolas Follet from Oenosense Consulting & AEB.
  • How to Remove Phenolics in Base Wine – Presented by Francoise Botton from Laffort
  • Overall View on WINETECH – Presented by Gerard Martin – Manager of Winetech.

10h45 to 11h15 – Tea Break

11h15 to 13h00 – Session II

  • Oxygen Transmission and Permeability of Crown Caps and the Influence on Aging – Presented by  & ACS.
  • Disgorgement – The Dosage – Calculations and Options – Presented by Alexandre Ponnavoy – Enartis.
  • The Impact of Bottle Neck Profile on Cork’s Resistance to Pressure – Presented by Joaquim Sa, Amorim Cork SA.
  • The Gastronomic views on Cap Classique and Food Pairing – Presented by Bertus Basson of Overture Restaurant.

13h00 to 14h15 – Lunch Break

14h30 to 17h00 – Session III

  • Analysis options – Presented by Hanneli Smit, VinLab .
  • Anchor Yeast Geisenheim sparkling wine project – Presented by Karien O’Kennedy, Anchor Yeast.
  • Presentation & Tutored Tasting on a house style: Champagne Lanson
For bookings and further information please contact DNA Event Management:
  • Ann Ferreira – 082 909 116 or
  • Darielle Robertson – 084  207 3820 or

South Africa’s secret wine weapon

Author: Cathy Marston
Published: 31 May 11

Thierry Desseauve, former editor of La Revue du Vin de France, doesn’t often judge at shows he hasn’t organised but Michael Fridjhon was able to tempt him to South Africa with the promise of good, interesting wines. Did he find them? “Absolutely! The wines were much better than I had expected, especially the Shirazes and the white Bordeaux blends.” Style-wise, he found SA wines acting as a bridge between Old and New World styles “You have a great history here in the European tradition with wines such as those from Constantia” and he particularly commended those wines which achieved balance and freshness as opposed to being alcoholic blockbusters, something which he says isn’t always the case with wines from Australia, for example.

International wine judge Thierry Dessauve
                                                                                                             International wine judge Thierry Dessauve

So what does he think is SA’s secret? His answer is immediate “Terroir. Your vineyards are similar to Europe in that the vines are planted in good places. Your Shirazes, for example, had real personality – very different from the Rhône or Australia – and I would like to return and find out more about that personality and where it comes from.” I told him of several French winemakers and winery owners who had done just that and he nodded “you must choose one place and go to the absolute extreme of quality in every part of it – that is how you can make top class wines.”

And top class wines are what it will take to crack the French market, in his view. Right now, there is no SA presence in France at all, but, after having tasted many over the week, he believes that Pinotage may be the break-through grape “You have a unique style of wine there – balanced, fruity, easy to drink – although I find it difficult to see what will go with it food-wise.” One style of wine which he was less than complimentary about was oxidative white wines – a style for which he can see no future – but he agrees that natural winemaking and organic and biodynamic farming are the way to go, as long as freshness can be retained.

Sadly for Desseauve, this was a flying visit and he had little time to visit the different vineyard areas and track down the ‘real personality’ of South Africa’s wines. But the thoughtful gleam in his eye as he talked about the terroir and the opportunities it affords a focussed, dedicated vigneron suggest this first visit may not be his last “South Africa has a special place in the world – it is a hope for everyone in terms of the changes it has managed to achieve. Everyone wants you to become a real success and wine must be part of that too.”