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Associate Judges


The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show draws upon several of South Africa’s new-generation winemakers, all of whom have appropriate tasting experience. They are provided with the opportunity of working in a rigorous show-judging environment and learning from the international and local tasters to whom they are seconded. Associate judges work in the tasting room with the main panel and are invited to participate in the discussion, however their scores are not included in the final tally.

The 2017 list of Associate Judges below:

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    Spencer Fondaumiere

    Kenyan-born Fondaumiere is operations manager and sommelier at Burrata, Bocca and Open Door restaurants.  Began his career in hospitality at chef school and, an entrepreneur at heart, he started a catering company from his mother’s kitchen, which he ran for 7 years.  Has studied through the Cape Wine Academy and WSET and became the first sommelier to be certified in Africa through the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA).  Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy 2016 graduate. Trophy Wine Show associate judge in 2016.

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    Patson Mathonsi

    Eat Out and Mercedes-Benz Sommelier of the Year in 2014. From coffee shop to Italian bistro his career in fine wine progressed with his appointment as Head Sommelier at DW11-13 Restaurant in Johannesburg and as sales representative at The Reciprocal Wine Trading since 2015. Has completed the Cape Wine Academy Certificate in Wine and WSET Levels 1, 2 and 3. He is a member of the Hugues Lepin Sommelier and Wine Academy. Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy 2016 graduate. Trophy Wine Show associate judge in 2016.

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    Jacques Mbuyi

    Originally from the DRC, Jacques relocated to South Africa in 2008 and was employed as a wine consultant for the Wine of the Month Club before training as a sommelier at Singita. A Cape Wine Academy diploma graduate, Jacques is currently a Cape Wine Masters student and has completed the University of Stellenbosch small-scale winemaking course. Former Head Sommelier for Grande Roche Hotel and recently Group Sommelier for Leeu Collection. Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year 2015 judge and associate judge at IWSC 2016. A distinction graduate of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy 2017.ger and sommelier at Burrata, Bocca and Open Door restaurants.  Began his career in hospitality at chef school and, an entrepreneur at heart, he started a catering company from his mother’s kitchen, which he ran for 7 years.  Has studied through the Cape Wine Academy and WSET and became the first sommelier to be certified in Africa through the South African Sommeliers Association (SASA).  Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy 2016 graduate. Trophy Wine Show associate judge in 2016.

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    Alexandra McFarlane

    Winemaker at Druk My Niet and former viticulturist at De Toren Private Cellar. Graduated in 2010 from the University of Stellenbosch with a BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology.  Awarded the Dombeya Scholarship to work the 2011 Australian harvest in Margaret River and Barossa Valley. After returning to South Africa she took up the role as assistant winemaker at Mulderbosch.  Further international experience includes stints in the Napa Valley in 2012 and a return in 2013 to Australia for seasons at Kalleske Wines, Barossa Valley, and Henschke Wines, Eden Valley.  She has also worked at Dombeya and Waterkloof and more recently as Junior Winemaker at Spier.  Distinction graduate of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy in 2015.  Trophy Wine Show associate judge in 2015 and 2016.

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    Tinashe Nyamudoka

    Head Sommelier and Beverage Manager at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, Cape Town.  A Cape Wine Academy Diploma graduate, Tinashe completed the certificate in Wine Business Management at the UCT Graduate School of Business.  Previously Head Sommelier at The Oyster Box Hotel and Sommelier at The One&Only Hotel.  Wine of the Month Club panellist and judge in various wine competitions including the Chenin Blanc Challenge and Platter’s 5 Star.  Completed the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy in 2016.

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    Laurie Smorthwaite

    Laurie is a WSET Level 4 diploma graduate and a recipient of the Codorniu Raventos scholarship for achieving top mark globally for the sparkling wine diploma module. She is an accredited WSET educator and founder of the KZN School of Wine, offering WSET levels 1-3. Winemaker at Abingdon Wine Estate, KZN Midlands. In 2016, distinction graduate at Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy, member of the SAA wines selection panel and associate judge at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.

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    Debi van Flymen CWM

    Owner of DvF Wine Distributors and wine events company GrapeSlave, Debi is a Cape Wine Master and lecturer for both the WSET and Cape Wine Academy. Inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne at the inaugural African Chapitre Gala. Opened bespoke catering company Culinary Productions in 2004. A writer and regular contributor to wine podcasts and radio programmes. A graduate of the 2016 Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy and Diner’s Club Winemaker of the Year judge in 2016.

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