Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2009
Johannesburg wine lovers can once again sample around 90 of the country’s best wines from 58 producers – as judged at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2009. Public tastings held during the first fortnight of June will celebrate the Cape Winelands’ top achievers as the trophy, gold and silver award winning wines selected from 40 wine entry classes – ranging from exquisite Sauvignon Blancs to supreme Ports – will be showcased. The public tastings come hot on the heels of the awards announcement on 1 June when the Best White and Best Red Wines of the year are unveiled, as well as the Discovery of the Show – the best value wine of the year.
The pinnacle of the show, the Most Successful Producer Trophy, is awarded annually to the producer achieving the most number of medal winners picked from the near 1 000 competition entries. Over the show’s seven years, five top producer winners have come to the fore: South Africa’s heritage winery Nederburg took the podium in 2008 and the highly acclaimed Cape Point Vineyards, Vergelegen, Diemersfontein and De Trafford in previous years. Once again, the announcement of the 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Most Successful Producer just before the public tastings will add to the excitement at these events.
DETAILS OF THE PUBLIC TASTING:
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting Cape Town:
Date: Friday 5 June 2009
Venue: Jasminium and Clivia, CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
Time: 17h00 to 20h00
Parking: Available in CTICC parkade
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting Johannesburg:
Date: Friday, 12 June 2009
Venue: The Ballroom, Hilton Sandton, Rivonia Road, Sandton
Time: 18h00 to 21h00
Parking: Secure underground parking available at the hotel
Tickets are limited: “Early bird” tickets bought by June 2nd will cost R80 each and tickets sold thereafter and at the door (subject to availability), R100 per person. Bookings can be made via Computicket by telephoning 083 915 8000 or (011) 340 8000 or online: www.computicket.com.
Wines can be ordered at the show.
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show judging panel was chaired by South African wine authority Michael Fridjhon. The 2009 panel comprised international judges Brian Croser (founder of Petaluma winery, Australia) and Michel Bettane (France’s leading wine critic) – and South African judges Angela Lloyd, Carrie Adams (wine buyer, Norman Goodfellows), Gary Jordan (proprietor and winemaker, Jordan Wines), James Pietersen (WINE Magazine panellist), Christian Eedes (editor, WINE Magazine) and Ginette de Fleuriot CWM (national retail sales manager, Wine Worx).
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2009 results will be announced on 1 June: for more information and a full set of results from 15h30 that day, visit www.trophywineshow.co.za