Friday, June 5, 2009

It's wine tasting time...

It’s definitely a wine evening in Cape Town... Then again wine evening is every evening for me!
But for particular night, I was given two tickets to the Old Mutual Trophy Show 2009. For those who don’t know – this is an evening where the winning wines are on display for tastings at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention centre).
I was there last weekend for the Good Food and wine show, which was great. I have never tried so many pesto’s, relishes and oils… and of course plenty glasses of wine. I was determined to try every Shiraz on offer hence a slight headache the next day.
I did end up buying strawberry champagne from Italy, just because I had never had anything like that before. It tastes like a strawberry-tiser (If Appletiser were to make a strawberry drink) with alcohol. 14% of it ☺
But back to this evenings events!
Below is a list of the award winning wines, which I am going to taste.
A very well done to Kleine Zelze for their achievements. I ahve been to the wine estate for tastings and they do have a fabulous collection!!
I will write a brief note detailing which ones my favourite were, and what I think is great value for money.
Aaaaaaaand the winners are:

Best Red Wine Overall and Best Shiraz
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2007

Best White Wine Overall and Best Chenin Blanc
Simonsig Woolworths Limited Release Chenin Blanc 2008

Discovery of the Show (Best Value) and Best Unwooded Chardonnay
Ashton Unwooded Chardonnay 2008

Best Port
Bredell’s Cape Vintage Reserve 2003

Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2007

Wooded Chardonnay
Tokara Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2007

Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend
Saronsberg Nick & Forti’s Epicentre 2005

Best Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc
Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Best Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Semillon White Blend
Vergelegen White 2007

Best Wooded White Blend
Fleur de Cap Limited Unfiltered Viognier Chardonnay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Best Noble Late Harvest Dessert Wine
Nederburg Noble Late Harvest 2007

Best Natural Sweet Dessert Wine
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2008

Best Fortified Dessert Wine (Red)
Monis Wood-matured Muscadel 2001

Best Museum Class Wooded Sauvignon Blanc
Tokara White 2005

Best Museum Class Wooded Chardonnay
Chamonix Chardonnay 1999

Best Museum Class Fortified Dessert Wine
Nuy White Muscadel 1986

OTHER GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:

* Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2006
* Fleur de Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (unwooded)
* Haskell Pillars Shiraz 2007
* Kanu KCB Chenin Blanc 2006 (wooded)
* Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz 2007
* Lomond Pincushion Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (unwooded)
* Nederburg Noble Late Harvest 2008
* Raka Biography Shiraz 2007
* Vergelegen Red 2004

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