Zonnebloem disqualified from Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
By Christian Eedes, 20 May 2010
The organisers of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show have announced the disqualification and withdrawal of the Zonnebloem Lauréat 2007 which was awarded a gold medal at the 2010 competition.
The reason given is that the blend components do not comply with the show rules. The Zonnebloem Lauréat was entered in the Bordeaux-style red blend class, where the only permitted varieties are the internationally recognised Bordeaux varieties viz. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
It came to light – only after the judging – that some barrels of Shiraz had been included in the final blend. Although the Shiraz component was significantly under 5%, the show’s rules are explicit with the regard to the authorised varieties.