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  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine ShowThe Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition that recognises the top local wines and winemakers, and honours excellence in the wine industry.
  • 2014 Entry KitsThe Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014 Entry Kits are now loaded and available in English and Afrikaans. Download Now
  • 2013 ResultsThe 2013 results from the latest show are available for viewing. The 2014 results will be announced on Wednesday 28th May 2014.Read More
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  • The JudgesFind out more about the panel of judges that will preside over the this year's show.Read More
  • Latest NewsShow Chairman, Michael Fridjhon's articles in the Business Day and the latest wine industry news.Read More


The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition that recognises the top local wines and winemakers, and honours excellence in the wine industry.

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January 17, 2014 Late last year, just as I should have been easing into the festive season, I found myself furiously completing the manuscript of the section I am responsible for in the Oxford Companion to Wine. This was no one's fault except mine. Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding – the commissioning editors of this very substantial book – served me with ample notice, and made it clear that the copy deadline would…
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November 29, 2013 Cool climate is a relatively new word in the vocabulary of South African wine producers. In the days when growers were paid on the basis of crop size (calculated at 10% alcohol) the trick was to aim for volume and bump up sugar. Ten thousand litres at 10% alcohol was worth pretty much the same as 9000 litres at 11% alcohol and 8000 litres and 12% alcohol – and so…
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November 15, 2013 The Platter Guide has just released the names of the 5 star wines in the 2014 Guide, annually one of the most eagerly anticipated listings of top performing current release Cape wines. With 80 as opposed to the 62 laureates of last year, it's clear that the Platter panelists weren't scraping around for worthy bottles. This is a list which has grown consistently in numbers over the past decade, well ahead…
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November 08, 2013 As summer approaches, the big red wines which sustain those of us who believe that our drinking choices are partly determined by climate suddenly become too rich and dense for midday consumption. (This, by the way suggests a new definition for climate change viz. “what to drink when the weather changes.”) The return to white wine becomes evident in the trade: suddenly sauvignon blanc sales take off again, even chardonnay…
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October 25, 2013 Old-fashioned is not necessarily bad, just as ultra-modern isn't always good – at least in the world of wine. There's a temptation – especially when looking at the extraordinary progress (in terms of overall quality) achieved by the wine industry - to assume that what has been left behind was entirely worth losing, and the gains have been unconditionally good. Two things happened in the past week to alert me to…
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October 18, 2013 Blind tasting is not the only way to choose a bottle of wine. It may not even be the best way, but it does guarantee that your choice will be based on what you taste, not what you think you ought to buy. Since the ought-to-buy factor can be more important than most people realise, there's value in sometimes taking it out of the equation. There will, for example, be…
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October 04, 2013 The wine industry has always had an ambivalent relationship with the Wine and Spirit Board, the state-run organisation which, for the past 40 years, has been charged with managing wine certification. One of the key friction points has been the authority the Board enjoys to pass aesthetic judgement on a wine and then to prohibit its sale – for both the local and the international market. Insofar as the former…
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September 27, 2013 Hein Koegelenberg has become a real force in the South African wine industry. In the 13 years that he has been in charge of the La Motte estate, its sales have grown from a mere 30000 bottles per year to over 1m. In the same time he has launched and developed the very successful Leopard's Leap brand, and has recently tied up a deal with Chinese investors which will see…
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