The results were announced today, May 28th, at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town.
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show has honoured excellence in the wine industry since 2002 and attracted 1040 entries which were tasted by 3 international and 6 local judges.
This success follows recent wins at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles International Wine Championship, which awarded gold medals to KWV The Mentors Cabernet Franc 2013 and KWV The Mentors Semillon 2013.
Panel Chair, Michael Fridjhon, said he was “Staggered at the depth of talent” displayed in some of the big classes. “Quality now runs through the Cape wine industry from the apex of the pyramid right the way through. The wine industry is producing lots of very good wine”.
The feedback from the 9 judges puts KWV’s achievement into perspective.
Christian Eedes commented, “There is a very definite sense of a growing maturity within the industry and a growth in sophistication.” Chinese panelist and wine educator Foyngee Walker said, “A fantastic Chenin class – a real mind-blowing experience for me.” On the Chardonnay wines Trizanne Barnard noted that
“We’re getting it right. We’re making focused and detailed wines. We are not over-oaking”
Johann Fourie, Chief Winemaker at KWV, said, “We are happy with the successes of our wines, particularly against the backdrop of such an overall rise in quality and performance by the industry as a whole. It’s a tribute to our winemaking team, our viticulturists and growers alike, that their work should be recognised like this”.
He highlighted that this is the fifth year in a row that KWV has won trophies for individual varieties. “The consistency of awards across the KWV portfolio points to the strength of our fruit sourcing and winemaking capabilities” he said. He added that he was “particularly pleased that the Muscadel Jerepigo and Red Muscadel, from 1968 and 1930 respectively, indicates a clear golden thread running from the earlier days of KWV’s fine winemaking, showing that the commitment to quality continues through to the increasing successes today of not only KWV The Mentors range, but the entire KWV portfolio.”
In addition to winning the Fairbairn Capital Trophy for Most Successful Overall Producer, they won the following trophy classes; Best Museum Class Fortified Wine – KWV White Muscadel 1968; Best Museum Class Red Blend – Roodeberg 1995; Best Semillon Trophy – KWV The Mentors Semillon 2013; Best Museum Class Overall Trophy – KWV White Muscadel Jerepigo 1968; Harold Eedes Best Chenin Blanc – KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2013 and finally, a gold for KWV Vintage Muscadel 1930.