Stellenbosch estates take top honours at the Trophy Wine Show

Stellenbosch estates scooped up top honours at the 2022 edition of the Trophy Wine Show. The jury comprising of winemakers, sommeliers, distributors, and international judges worked through 673 entries to find South Africa’s best wines.

Spier’s Anton Swarts and chairman of the judges, Michael Fridjhon.

The trophy for the show’s best producer was awarded this year to Spier Wine Farm. This is the second time that Spier has taken home the coveted Most Successful Producer overall award. The Investec Trophy for the Best Red Wine was won by Glen Carlou for the cellar’s 2019 red blend, which also won the Riedel Trophy for the best Bordeaux Blend and the inaugural Vinolok Trophy for the best Premium wine.

The Investec Trophy for the Show’s best white wine was won by Paul Cluver Estate for its 2020 Chardonnay. The Rosa Kruger Trophy for the best Old Vine wine is awarded to a gold medal-winning wine produced entirely from certified heritage vineyards (minimum vine age 35 years). This year’s laureate is Brookdale for its single vineyard Chenin Blanc 2020.

International Judges’ Trophy winner Oldenburg’s Nic van Aarde with Jerome Passmore from Investec.

The International Judges’ Trophy – awarded to the wine which has the highest score from the three international judges on the trophy panel – was taken home this year by Oldenburg vineyards for the cellar’s 2021 Chardonnay.

One of the only newcomers on the trophy-winners’ podium this year was Trade Winds, which won the Sunday Times Trophy for the show’s best Sauvignon Blanc. The cellar shared this newcomer status with Brookdale estate, MAN Family Wines, Louisvale, and Babylonstoren.

These achievements speak for themselves, but when seen in the context of the competition’s traditional low medal counts, they count a great deal. 673 wines were entered into The Trophy Wine Show 2022. Of this number only 29 won gold medals. Of the gold medallists 20 won trophies. In addition 133 Silver and 346 bronze medals were awarded.

Trophy Winners

Investec Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall – Spier Wine Farm

Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay, Investec Trophy for Best White Wine Overall – Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2020

Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend, Vinolok Trophy for Best Premium Wine, Investec Trophy for Best Red Wine Overall – Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend 2019

Investec Trophy for Discovery of the Show – Best Value Gold Medallist – MAN Skaapveld Syrah 2020

Investec International Judges’ Trophy – Oldenburg Chardonnay 2021

Investec Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon – Louisvale Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Sowetan Trophy for Best Cap Classique – Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve Cap Classique 2013

Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Cape Port – Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2019

Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc – Spier Woolworths Private Collection Chenin Blanc 2020

Rosa Kruger Trophy for Best Old Vine Wine – Brookdale Chenin Blanc Single Vineyard 2020

Sunday Times Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc – Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (Unwooded)

Financial Mail Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend – Highlands Road Sine Cera 2017

Business Day Trophy for Best Shiraz – Ghost in the Machine Shiraz 2020 (The Drift Estate)

Trophy for Best Niche White – Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2021

Investec Trophy for Best Semillon – Old Road Grand-mére Semillon 2018

Investec Trophy for Best Merlot – Spier Woolworths Signature Series Merlot 2018

Trophy for Best Pinotage – Warwick The First Lady Pinotage 2020

Trophy for Best Museum Class Cape Port – De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2012

Trophy for Best Museum Class Chenin Blanc – Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2013

Trophy for Best Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc – Nederburg Two Centuries Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Wooded)

Trophy for Best Museum Class Dessert Wine – Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2012

Gold Medal Winners

Babylonstoren Chardonnay 2021
Brookdale Chenin Blanc Single Vineyard 2020
Cilmor Winemaker’s Selection Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2021
Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2020
Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve The Castle of Good Hope Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Kleine Zalze Vintage Brut Méthode Cap Classique 2015
La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay 2021
Lievland Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021
MAN Skaapveld Syrah 2020
Oldenburg Chardonnay 2021
Villiera Monro Brut 2015
Vrede en Lust Kogelberg Chenin Blanc 2019

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