The country’s champion young wine and winner of the sought-after General Smuts Trophy is a Shiraz by Bon Courage Estate near Robertson. This product of the father-and-son team, André and Jacques Bruwer, was also the best Shiraz at the show.

The results were announced at the SA Young Wine Show gala dinner in Upington, presented jointly by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANW), Orange Vaal Wine Show Association and Agri-Expo.

A record number of altogether 2 232 wines were entered for this year’s show – the 52nd up to now – and 17 champions, as well as the winners of the Genl Smuts Trophy and Pietman Hugo Trophy, were announced.

Last year Robertson also produced the SA champion young wine when a Sauvignon Blanc from Roodezandt walked away with top honours. Roodezandt hit bull’s eye again this year when its Chardonnay was crowned best of cultivar.

Slanghoek was the winner of the Pietman Hugo Trophy, for the most points awarded to the five best entries – the sixth time they manage to pull off this coup. The cellar in the picturesque Slanghoek Valley near Rawsonville also won the trophy for the SA champion white blend – a Sauvignon Blanc/Smillon.

A neighbouring cellar, Badsberg, won the trophy for the SA champion natural sweet white wine – a special late harvest/Colombar blend – as well as the trophy for the SA champion noble late harvest. Another cellar nearby, Du Toitskloof, received the trophy for the SA champion dessert wine, namely a Hanepoot Jerepigo.

Rooiberg near Robertson made the champion Pinotage (wooded) and will be able to proudly display this trophy in its tasting venue in the course of the next year.

Robertson’s name was also held high by Hennie Reynecke, who bagged the trophies for champion red blend – a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz – and champion muscadel respectively.

Laibach, from Stellenbosch, is the proud winner of the sought-after Roberto Moni trophy for the champion Cabernet Sauvignon. JP Bredell of Firgrove, which also falls under Stellenbosch, made the champion port for the second time.

Cape Point Vineyards of Noordhoek in the Cape had their Smillon crowned champion, while Steenberg in Constantia reigned supreme with their Merlot (wooded) for the second year running.

Boland Kelder in Paarl saw their Chenin Blanc crowned for the second time and their Cabernet Franc also received a championship trophy this year; Boschendal walked away with the trophy for the champion Sauvignon Blanc (wooded) and the Agter-Paarl cellar, Perdeberg, made the champion Colombar.

CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES

GENERAL SMUTS TROPHY: SA CHAMPION WINE
Bon Courage: Shiraz (wooded)

PIETMAN HUGO TROPHY: MOST POINTS AWARDED TO FIVE BEST ENTRIES
Slanghoek

SFW TROPHY: SA CHAMPION WHITE BLEND
Slanghoek: Sauvignon Blanc/Smillon

FRANK MYBURGH TROPHY: SA CHAMPION SMILLON
Cape Point Vineyards: Smillon

LES TASTEVINS DU CUP TROPHY: SA CHAMPION CHENIN BLANC
Boland: Chenin Blanc

JOHN MCDONALD TROPHY: SA CHAMPION SAUVIGNON BLANC
Boschendal: Sauvignon Blanc (wooded)

JG GRAUE TROPHY: SA CHAMPION CHARDONNAY
Roodezandt: Chardonnay (wooded)

HA CONRADIE TROPHY: SA CHAMPION OTHER WHITE CULTIVAR
Perdeberg: Colombar

AGRI-EXPO SILVER TRAY: SA CHAMPION NATURAL SWEET WHITE WINE
Badsberg: Special Late Harvest/Colombar

AGRI-EXPO GOLD TROPHY: SA CHAMPION NOBLE LATE HARVEST
Badsberg: Noble Late Harvest

VINE PRODUCTS TROPHY: SA CHAMPION RED BLEND
Reynecke H: Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz

DR AI PEROLD TROPHY: SA CHAMPION PINOTAGE
Rooiberg: Pinotage (wooded)

BURGOYNE TROPHY: SA CHAMPION SHIRAZ
Bon Courage: Shiraz (wooded)

ROBERTO MONI TROPHY: SA CHAMPION CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Laibach: Cabernet Sauvignon (wooded)

LIBERTAS TROPHY: SA CHAMPION MERLOT
Steenberg: Merlot (wooded)

STEPHAN SMIT TROPHY: SA CHAMPION OTHER RED CULTIVAR
Boland: Cabernet Franc

SAWFA TROPHY: SA CHAMPION PORT
J P Bredell: Port

HJ ETCHELL TROPHY: SA CHAMPION DESSERT WINE
Du Toitskloof: Hanepoot Jerepigo

AGRI-EXPO SILWER TROPHY: SA CHAMPION MUSCADEL
Reynecke H: Red Muscadel Jerepigo

Visit the Sa Young Wine Show website at www.youngwineshow.co.za for more information about this year’s top performers.

WineLand will focus in the next issue (November) on the eight most recent regional young wine shows, with more news about the national show, as well as photographs and results.

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