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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.
  • 2017 winnersView the 2017 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show results hereRead more
 

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 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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February 03, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day Pinot Noir has become the gout du jour almost everywhere that fine wine is appreciated. This was not always the case, and its sudden rise in popularity is not something that could easily have been predicted 30 years ago, when Cabernet enjoyed an unrivalled claim on the attention of the wine-drinking public. Until the late 1970s the…
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January 27, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day. Until recently there was pretty much general consensus that the Cape's best chance at a world class red wine would be Cabernet-based. Up to the 1980s, Cabernet Sauvignon was the country's only real so-called noble cultivar. There were small plantings of Shiraz, but almost all of the vineyards were badly virused and the wines emerged leathery rather…
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January 20, 2017 By Michael Fridjhon, Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Chairman. First published in Business Day While South Africa struggles with the prospect of a ratings downgrade, the wine industry aspires to investment grade status. Despite the hype of glowing international reviews, few, if any, Cape wines are regarded as blue chip. In the past this was explained away by lack of international recognition. However, since it is clear that we are no…
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