The results of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show reflect the vast changes which we have seen in the Cape wine industry over the past decades and celebrates the successes of various role players. Tokara, that won the Old Mutual Trophy for the Show’s Most Successful Producer for the second time, bottled its first vintage in 2001. While their vineyards are in Stellenbosch, the heartland of fine wine, other regions also came to the fore that were not previously regarded quality wine production regions.
Tokara claimed the trophy for the Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend, a gold medal for the 2015 Reserve Collection Chardonnay and three bronze medals. Buitenverwachting’s Meifort 2014 won the Riedel Trophy for the Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend, while the Buitenverwachting ‘1769’ 2014 won the trophy for the Show’s Best Dessert Wine.
The Old Mutual Trophy for the Best White Wine overall went to DeMorgenzon, whose Reserve Chardonnay 2016 also won the Miele Trophy for the Show’s Best Chardonnay and the Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy.
The Shiraz Trophy was awarded to Leeuwenkuil Family Vineyards for the Heritage Syrah 2014. This wine also won the Old Mutual Trophy for the Best Red Wine overall.
De Krans took the trophy for the Best Red Blend. The De Krans Tritonia 2015 is made entirely from port varieties in the style of the new generation Douro reds. De Krans’ neighbour, Boplaas, won the Tony Mossop Trophy for the Best Cape Port (Cape Vintage Reserve 2015).
Paul Wallace’s Brave Heart 2015 Pinot Noir from Elgin won the Pinot Noir Trophy. The trophy for the Best Cap Classique went to Constantia Uitsig for its 2013 vintage MCC, while a Verdelho won the trophy for the Best Niche White Variety for the second time – on this occasion the Credo Limited Release 2015 from Stellenbosch Vineyards. Verdelho was also present in the Show’s Best White Blend, the Cavalli Cremello 2015, which took home the Grande Roche Trophy.
Total wines judged were 960, from 198 producers. In addition to the golds and trophies, 135 silver and 460 bronze medals were awarded.