2011 Classic Wine Trophy results announced
By Christian Eedes, 13 March 2011
Groot Constantia was overall winner at the fourteenth annual Classic Wine Trophy competition, winemaker Boela Gerber collecting the Bacchus trophy as well as a return flight to France courtesy of the competition. There were some 350 entries in total.
What makes the Classic Wine Trophy remarkable as a competition is that it features an all-French panel. Whereas it has been financial services institution Santam has been headline sponsor until recently, this year it went ahead without major corporate backing, judges funding their own expenses out of a conviction that the competition was worth keeping alive.
Results as follows:
Classic Wine Trophy 2011 Overall Winner
Best Sparkling Wine Trophy
Teddy Hall Wines Blanc de Blanc 2005
Best White Wine Trophy
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Chardonnay 2009
Best Red Wine Trophy
Groot Constantia Shiraz 2008
Best Sweet Wine Trophy
The Goose Wines Port 2008
Gold Winners White Wine Category
Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay 2009
Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2009
Gold Winners Red Wine Category
Cape Chamonix Pinot Noir 2009
Druk My Niet Find Art School Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2009
La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2008
Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2008
Raka Biography Shiraz 2008
Southern Right Pinotage 2009
Thelema Sutherland Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2008
Warwick Wine Trilogy 2007
Convenor of the competition was Christophe Durand, of Vins D’Orrance in South Africa. Other judges were Francois Villard, a leading Northern Rhône producer, Ricardo Utarroz, wine writer, Olivier Poels, editor of La Revue du Vin de France, Claude Gilois, French wine importer and writer, Pieter De Villiers, co-owner of the Domaine Mas Angel in the Languedoc Roussillon, Jean Yves Muller, co-owner of Caveau and Headquarters restaurants in South Africa, Jean-Vincent Ridon, of Signal Hill Winery in South Africa, Khaled Rouabah, of Domaine du Coeur in Pommard and Philippe Dietrich, winemaker and director of Michael Partzold Wine Services.
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