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  • About the ShowThe Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is SA's premier wine competition. It recognises the top local wines and winemakers and honours excellence in the wine industry.
  • Entry KitThe 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show entry kit - in English and Afrikaans - is now available for download. Read More
  • 2017 ResultsThe 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show results will be loaded and live from 15:30 on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. View the 2016 results
 

Welcome


Old Mutual, an international investment, savings, insurance and banking group, has been the headline sponsor of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show since its inception in 2002.

While we see great value in a process which identifies the country’s top wines, we believe that skills development should be an important element of all our sponsorships. Through our involvement with the Trophy Wine Show we are able to support the Wine Judging Academy, run in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and dedicated to training world-class wine judges.

We are excited to play an important role in discovering talent across the wine industry and highlighting it both locally and on the international stage. Recognising the importance of the rigour which goes into the Show’s judging methodology, we take the top wines on a national roadshow to introduce them to discerning wine lovers in eight cities in Southern Africa.

Listed in the Entry Kit is all you need to know about the show’s rules and guidelines.

The judging panel is chaired by Michael Fridjhon. Read more about the International, National and Associate judges and the judging process which takes place from 2 to 5 May 2017 in Paarl.

This prestigious wine competition includes two Public Tasting events, held annually in Johannesburg and Cape Town in June.


Media


March 31, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day The international Prosecco boom was only easy to predict in retrospect: while it was happening it appeared to be something of a five-minute wonder, with most commentators expecting it to run out of fizz as suddenly as it appeared on the scene. However, now that the category has become large enough in its own right to be…
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March 24, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day It's not a secret that South Africa's white wines enjoy a better reputation abroad than our reds. Some of this international appeal no doubt lies in their restraint, a feature which offers a better “fit” in terms of old world styles. The fact that they achieve optimum ripeness at alcohol levels which are lower than their red…
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March 17, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day Wine fashions change over the years: once acceptable flavour profiles no longer appeal in some markets – or at least in some price categories. Chief among these is the “dusty,” “green” or “herbal” notes typical of Cabernet (Sauvignon and Franc), but also present in several other varieties from cooler climates. There's a fine line between just ripe…
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March 10, 2017 The Constantia wine producers hit town recently, hoping no doubt to galvanise some sales interest from a retail trade shell-shocked by tanking sales and rising excise. They brought the best of their current releases, ready (presumably) to address concerns that the appellation is not living up to its potential. I was keen to attend, having trafficked in this criticism on these pages. There were some very good wines at the otherwise…
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March 03, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day You may not have heard of a wine called Bayede! - every bottle comes with an elasticised bead bracelet fitted around the neck. You would, if you were a traditional wine buyer, either not notice it or find yourself thinking that this is a marketing gimmick not unlike the straw flask packaging typical of industrial chianti. This…
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February 24, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day It was hardly an ordinary day in the winelands. It began with an hour-long tasting and discussion with Pierre Lurton, who heads up Chateaux Cheval Blanc and d'Yquem, and has been an advisor to Morgenster for most of the estate's modern era. It then moved on to Vilafonte, for a similar exercise with the estate's co-owners, Zelma…
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February 17, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day Part of what constitutes brand value in the world of wine is the expectation  raised in a reasonably well-informed wine drinker by the mere mention of the name of the wine. “Tassenberg,” for example, conjures up the idea of a good value drinking red – perhaps with an association related to a misspent youth or wild times…
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February 10, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day I tasted a really good Sauvignon Blanc from a new Constantia winery recently. The property is called Constantia Royale, it has a few hectares of vineyard (with some more on the way) located at a lower altitude than many of the better known producers. The wine is perceptibly more sumptuous than the region's traditional examples, though still…
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