THE EVER-CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF CAPE WINE
The results of the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced at a luncheon at the Mount Nelson Hotel on 4 June. Of the 956 wines judged from 206 producers, 32 gold medals were awarded.
Since the competition’s inception in 2002, most of the country’s leading producers have been on the winner’s podium. The Old Mutual trophy for the show’s best producer has been won by major wholesalers and by specialist boutique-size cellars. Some of these laureates were almost unknown outside a small circle of insiders when they first received the award but have since become household names with reputations which extend well beyond the domestic market.
This is as it should be: the purpose of a blind tasting competition is to make discoveries, to discern value and to light a path for consumers and for the trade, to separate actual quality from the sales message of market-savvy producers.
The 2019 results maintain the show’s tradition and reinforced its talent-scouting reputation. While more than half of the trophy winners had previously taken home an award for a best-in-class wine, a significant number of newcomers stepped into the limelight for the first time. The top producer for 2019 – Painted Wolf Wines – had previously won a trophy (in 2012) and a gold medal (in 2017), its success this year took
the industry by storm.
More Trophy Winners
Old Mutual Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall
Painted Wolf Wines
Grand Roche Trophy for Best White Blend
Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2017
Old Mutual Trophy for Best Dessert Wine (Unfortified)
Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018
Says Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand at Old Mutual:
“We are proud once again of our role as title sponsor of this prestigious and empowering annual wine competition, the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. It’s wonderful to know that our support over the years has helped to inspire, motivate and coach our country’s gifted winemakers, and raise the profile of our fine wines as well as boost the international reputation of our country with investors and consumers alike. The secret of the success of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is that from its start it has celebrated not just great talent and creativity, but an absolute commitment to excellence.”