Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011 Public tastings
Published: 22 Feb 11
“TENTH ANNIVERSARY PUBLIC TASTINGS CELEBRATE SA’S VERY BEST WINES”
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, South Africa’s most respected national wine competition, celebrates a decade of bringing the best wines to the South African wine consumer. These popular single-night annual wine tastings give wine lovers the chance to taste around 90 wines from the very best in a sizeable range of wine categories – from sparkling and Sauvignon Blanc to Pinotage and Port – with a few lesser-known varieties guaranteed to make an appearance. Highlights of the show are the unveiling of the Most Successful Producer and the Discovery of the Show.
The list of wines and producers in attendance at the public tastings are kept under wraps until 1 June when the full results of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011 are announced.
All wines present at the tastings achieve Trophy, Gold or Silver medal awards and can be ordered at special deal prices on the night. Achieving an Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show medal is a significant accolade thanks to the intense scrutiny that each wine entry is subjected to by a panel of nine judges comprising international and local expertise.
Said Michael Fridjhon, chairman of the judging panel:
“The past decade has seen extraordinary changes at the top end of the South African wine industry and the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show played an important role in discovering new talent and showcasing this achievement”.
DETAILS OF THE PUBLIC TASTINGS:
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 10th Anniversary Public Tasting - Cape Town
Date: Thursday, 9 June 2011 – one night only!
Venue: CTICC (The Ballroom), Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Time: 17h00 to 20h00
Parking: Secure underground parking available in CTICC parkade.
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 10th Anniversary Public Tasting - Johannesburg
Date: Friday, 10 June 2011 – one night only!
Venue: Sandton Sun (Maroela Room), 5th Street, Sandton
Time: 18h00 to 21h00
Parking: Secure underground parking available at the hotel and neighbouring shopping malls.
Refreshments available at the tasting.
Bookings: Tickets can be purchased via www.computicket.com or by telephoning 083 915 8000 or (011) 340 8000. Tickets are limited: ‘Early bird’ tickets bought by 5 June will cost R100 each and tickets sold thereafter and at the door (subject to availability), R120 per person. Ticket includes tasting glass, unlimited tastings and a take-home copy of ICONS, the show’s comprehensive review of all the successful wines of the year.
Bookings can be made via Computicket by telephoning 083 915 8000 or (011) 340 8000 or online: www.computicket.com.
Enquiries: (011) 482 5936. www.trophywineshow.co.za; www.outsorceress.co.za
The judging panel has been chaired by leading wine authority Michael Fridjhon since the inception of the show in 2002. The 2011 panel comprises three international judges of high standing and six local judges covering a broad range of expertise.
The international judges are as follows: from France, Thierry Desseauve is one of the founding partners (with Michel Bettane) of the La Revue de Vins du France and co-author and publisher of France’s most authoritative wine guide “Le Grand Guide des Vins de France”; from the United Kingdom, Neal Martin is founder of wine-journal.com and now The Wine Advocate’s South African reviewer and Robert Parker’s Critic-at-large; and from Hong Kong, Debra Meiburg is the founder and director of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition as well as a celebrated broadcast and educator personality.
The South African judges are Miguel Chan (group sommelier, Southern Suns hotels), Ginette de Fleuriot (Cape Wine Master and national retail sales manager, Wine Worx/Vinimark), Gary Jordan (proprietor and winemaker, Jordan Wines), Christian Eedes (wine writer), François Rautenbach (head sommelier wine programme, Singita Lodges) and Master of Wine Cathy van Zyl. The participation of a team of associate judges, drawn from the pool of rising South African winemaking and judging talent, is included in a supportive capacity.
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011 results will be announced on 1 June: for more information and a full set of results (Trophy, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners) from 15h30 that day, visit www.trophywineshow.co.za
Hot off the press! Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011 brings Neal Martin to South AfricaSaid Michael Fridjhon, chairman of the judging panel:“The past decade has seen extraordinary changes at the top end of the South African wine industry and the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show played an important role in discovering new talent and showcasing this achievement”.