Monday, June 18, 2012

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Winners

I love the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – it helps me discover new wines,  find great recommendations and of course, when I am at a loss of what to buy in the bottle stores (If I haven't made it to any farms), I always look for the stickers as a guide line. 

As I consider myself a shiraz girl, one of the awards I always look out for is the British Airways Comair Trophy for Best Shiraz, which this year was won by the Painted Wolf Shiraz 2009.

I had a little chat with the winemaker Jeremy Borg (who is also a chef), who gave me a great breakdown of the wine.

'Harmony, flavour and beauty are what I like. I hate over worked and over fussed things and love authentic food and wines. The Painted Wolf Shiraz 2009 is a spicy elegant wine with a lovely coating texture and a long harmonious finish.'

For a food pairing recommendation, he went on to say 'I would venture into the French country repertoire and serve a lovely wintry naverin of lamb with baby onions, carrots, turnips and green beans served with creamy mashed potato. I love Elizabeth David's recipe Breast of Lamb st menehoulde. It is such a yummy rustic traditional French dish. We could go Provencal-Italian and do a ragu of pork with orange, bay leaves and salted black olives and with marjoram parsley and orange germolata (leaving out the anchovies) with soft polenta and chard. Another road is to grill yellow tail with chermoula and a nice couscous of butternut and black olives.'

Sounds Delish!! and a bottle goes for R95 from the farm, which is based in Paarl. Visitors are accepted by appointment only, and orders can be made through:

Jeremy and Emma Borg
They also support wild dogs, and as of the 22nd of June, Jeremy is leaving for his next Pedals 4 Paws fund raining cycle ride from Maun in botswana to Hwange in Zim (1000kms), to raise money for wild dog conservation.

For more info, visit the website here:

Below is the full list of winners:

The Audited* Results of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show
- Fairbairn Capital Trophy for the Most Successful Producer: KWV SA
- Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine: Eikendal Classique 2009
- Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine: KWV The Mentors Chardonnay 2011
- Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy: De Grendel Shiraz 2010
- Old Mutual Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine (Méthode Cap Classique):
   Villiera Woolworths Vintage Reserve Brut 2007
- Old Mutual Trophy for Best Dessert Wine (unfortified):
   Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2011
- Old Mutual Discovery of the Show: Secret Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Ultra Liquors)
- American Express Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
- British Airways Comair Trophy for Best Shiraz: Painted Wolf Shiraz 2009
- Grande Roche Trophy for Best White Blend: Thelema Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2009
- Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc: Tokara Chenin Blanc 2009
- Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay: KWV The Mentors Chardonnay 2011
- Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend: Eikendal Classique 2009
- Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Cape Port: Axe Hill Cape Vintage 2009
- Best Museum Class Chenin Blanc: Jordan Chenin Blanc 2007
- Best Merlot: La Bri Merlot 2010
- Best Pinotage: Rijk’s Private Cellar Pinotage 2008
- Best Pinot Noir: Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2010
- Best Sauvignon Blanc (wooded): Nederburg Two Centuries Sauvignon Blanc 2009
- Best Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded): Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010
- Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend: Vergelegen GVB 2010
- Best Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend: Vergelegen 2007
- Best Semillon: Ormonde Ondine Semillon 2010
- Best Museum Class Semillon: Cape Point Vineyards Semillon 2008
- Best Museum Class White Blend: Lomond Snowbush 2008
- Best Museum Class Fortified Wine: KWV Reserve Port 1929

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