The 2016 edition of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Awards celebrated its 15th year this year. A total of 1067 wines were entered of which 21 made the cut as trophy winners. This year 3 international judges and 6 local judges convened to assess the wines via the 100 point scoring system, and were chaired by the organizer Michael Fridjhon.
This year, gold medal counts were significantly higher than in 2015, noticeably with a better spread across a number of classes. Another class which saw an increase in numbers was the Museum Class trophy, as producers recognise the value of the award for suitably aged quality wines and submitted more entries than ever before. The overall medal balance again shifted strongly in favour of white wines with multiple examples from the splendid 2015 vintage on the tasting benches.
This year’s winner for the Show’s most successful producer was Delaire Graff Estate. Delaire Graff was a frequent presence on the medal and trophy winner’s podium but a first time recipient of the coveted overall award.
One of the most interesting awards was the most decorated wine at the 2016 show which came from a mystery producer: The Secret Cellars Chenin Blanc No. 235 2015. Other awards given to this wine was the Harold Eedes trophy for the Cape’s best Chenin blanc. It also added the International Judges’ trophy (highest scoring trophy winner on the international judges’ scores) and the Old Mutual Discovery of the Show trophy to its accolades.
Old Mutual, headline sponsor of the competition since its inception, sees great value in a process which identifies the country’s top wines and makes this information available to the South African wine drinking public.
Overall the results brought good news to a wide range of producers, from boutique cellars to major wholesalers, long established estates and former co-operatives.
The judges awarded a total of 35 gold medals, from which the final 21 trophy winning wines were selected. These included 7 dry red wines, 7 dry white wines, 3 dessert wines, 2 Cape ports, and included 6 Museum Class entries.
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