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.