A spread of results, celebrating the achievements of producers from Constantia to the Northern Cape, and from cellars dating back several centuries to producers making their first wines in the last ten years, are a feature of the 2017 OMTWS laureates.
These results reflect the vast changes which have taken place in the Cape wine industry over the past few decades, while at the same time reinforcing the claims of the major players who have moved to front of stage over this period.
The winner – for the second time – of the Old Mutual Trophy for the Show’s Most Successful Producer, is Tokara, a winery which only bottled its first vintage in 2001. At the same time, several trophies for the best wines in particular classes – most notably Cabernet Sauvignon and Blended Red – are from areas which were, until recently, never considered high quality wine producing regions.
Praising the way this year’s judges went about their task, show chairman Michael Fridjhon, said, “This year the combined effect of the creativity of the younger winemakers together with the skills and experience of the older players, the right panel dynamics and the right vintages have come together in a spectacular set of results.”
Tokara’s triumph comes on the back of its 2010 success and was secured with the Trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend, a gold medal for the 2015 Reserve Collection Chardonnay and three bronze medals.
Close on Tokara’s heels came Buitenverwachting, whose 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 Makro 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.
In a turn up for the books De Krans, which has won the Trophy for the Show’s best Port on several occasions, 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. Neighbouring Boplaas won the Tony Mossop Trophy for the best
Cape Port (Cape Vintage Reserve 2015).
For the first time in several years a trophy was awarded for Pinot Noir, with the winning wine – Paul Wallace’s Brave Heart 2015 – coming from Elgin. 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.
There were fewer museum class trophies and golds than in previous years, despite a higher percentage entry, suggesting, as Michael Fridjhon said at the industry feedback session, that the past is not as good as the present. In 2016 there were 9 museum class golds, of which 6 became trophies. This year, amidst a higher trophy and gold medal count overall, there were only 3 Museum class trophies and only 4 Museum class golds out of a turnout of 22 golds and 20 trophies. The Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2009 was the top scoring Museum class wine and tied with DeMorgenzon as the highest scoring wine of the show.
Total wines judged were 960, from 198 producers. In addition to the golds and trophies, 135 silver and 460 bronze medals were awarded.
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show app – which replaces the original Old Mutual app – details the results of the show by medal, category and producers, as well as the seal code numbers of all trophy, gold and silver medals. As a result of this innovation consumers will be able to confirm that the wine they are buying comes from the same batch as the samples presented to the judges. The app has links to buying the winning wines via makro.co.za and tickets to the public tastings. This will enable all smartphone-users to access the key information they will need to optimise their wine-purchasing and ordering decisions for the year ahead.
Gold Medal Winners
- Allée Bleue Pinotage 2015
- Asara Vineyard Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- Boschendal Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvée Blanc de Blanc 2007
- Cilmor Chenin Blanc 2015
- Delaire Graff Terraced Block Chardonnay Reserve 2015
- Fable Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2014
- Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay 2012 (Museum Class)
- Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2013 (Museum Class)
- Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 (Museum Class)
- Kings Kloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2015
- Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Mulderbosch Faithful Hound White 2015
- Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2007 (BC, MC)
- Painted Wolf ‘Guillermo’ Swartland Pinotage 2013
- Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015
- Peter Falke PF Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- Secret Cellar Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon No. 702 2015
- Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015
- Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2015
- Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Old Mutual Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall: Tokara
- Makro Trophy for Best Shiraz, Old Mutual Trophy for
Best Red Wine Overall: Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2014
- Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay, Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall, Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy: DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2016
- Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show / Best Value Gold Medallist: Secret Cellar Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon No. 702 2015
- American Express Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Landzicht Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
- Grande Roche Trophy for Best White Blend: Cavalli Cremello 2015
- Old Mutual Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine: Constantia Uitsig Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2013
- Old Mutual Trophy for Best Dessert Wine: Buitenverwachting ‘1769’ 2014
- Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend: Buitenverwachting Meifort 2014
- Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc: Darling Cellars Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2016
- Nestlé Pure Life Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc: Stark-Condé Round Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2016
- Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Cape Port: Boplaas Cape Vintage Reserve 2015
- Trophy for Best Red Blend – Non-Bordeaux Style: De Krans Tritonia 2015
- Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend: Tokara Director’s Reserve White 2015
- Trophy for Best Pinotage: Bosman Family Vineyards Pinotage 2014
- Trophy for Best Pinot Noir: Paul Wallace Brave Heart Pinot Noir 2015
- Trophy for Best Semillon: Deetlefs Familie White 2014
- Trophy for Best Niche Variety: Credo Limited Release Verdelho 2015 (Stellenbosch Vineyards)
- Trophy for Best Museum Class Chenin Blanc: Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012
- Trophy for Best Museum Class Chardonnay: Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009
- Trophy for Best Museum Class Unfortified Dessert Wine: Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2009