Is SA wine judging stuck in the past?
By Christian Eedes, 12 August 2013
Over the weekend, I chanced across the SAA winelist for June 2000, a family member’s holiday momento.
The wines in business class were Eikendal Chardonnay 1998 and Darling Cellars Groenekloof Pinotage 1998 while the so-called premier selection wines were Villiera Sauvignon Blanc 1998 and Môreson Pinehurst Cabernet Sauvignon 1998.
The 2000 SAA Wine Selection Judges Panel was chaired by Michael Fridjhon and included Dave Hughes, Angela Lloyd, Tony Mossop, Allan Mullins, Yegas Naidoo, Jabulani Ntshangase, Neil Pendock, Christine Rudman while the international judges were James Halliday, Zelma Long, Lynne Sherriff and Ch’ng Poh Tiong.
Out of the nine local judges, Mossop died in 2005, while Naidoo and Ntshangase are no longer active in wine criticism. Otherwise, the other six are very much still shaping the debate. Time to raise the issue of succession planning again?