Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Winners

There were celebrations and good cheer aplenty with the release of the 2016 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show results at the Mount Nelson Hotel, this afternoon. Gold medal counts were significantly higher than in 2015, with a better spread across a number of classes.
 
This year's winner of the Old Mutual trophy for the Show's most successful producer was Delaire Graff Estate – a frequent presence on the medal and trophy winner's podium but a first time recipient of the coveted award. With the American Express trophy for the highest scoring cabernet sauvignon, gold medals for the Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014 and Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and a clutch of silver and bronze medals, winemaker Morné Vrey’s stellar achievement was evident for all to see. Close on his heels were Tokara with the Grande Roche trophy for Best White Blend and the Old Mutual trophy for best White Wine overall for the Director’s Reserve 2014, and Nederburg with trophies for The Young Airhawk Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and the Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2012, respectively.
 
There were 1067 entries, from which the 9 judges awarded 509 bronze, 113 silver and 35 gold medals. There were 21 trophy winning wines and 27 trophies overall.

All the 2016 Trophy Winners
Old Mutual Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall
Delaire Graff Estate

American Express Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine Overall
Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013

Grande Roche Trophy for Best White Blend, Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall
Tokara Director’s Reserve 2014

Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc, Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy, Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show / Best Value Gold Medallist
Secret Cellar Chenin Blanc No. 235 2015 (Ultra Liquors)

Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay
Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2013

Nestlé Pure Life Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc
Nederburg The Young Airhawk Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend
Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2013

Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Cape Port
KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny NV

Trophy for Best Semillon
Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2014 (Franschhoek Cellar)

Trophy for Best Cabernet Franc
Vrede en Lust Artisan Cabernet Franc 2014

Trophy for Best Shiraz
Stellar Organics No Sulphur Added Shiraz 2015

Best Shiraz Blend, winner of the Trophy for Best Non-Bordeaux Red Blend
Zonnebloem Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2014

Trophy for Best Pinotage
Brampton Pinotage 2014

Trophy for Best Merlot
Groote Post Merlot 2014

Trophy for Best Unfortified Dessert Wine
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2012

Trophy for Best Fortified Dessert Wine
Landzicht Wit Muskadel 2015

Trophy for Best Museum Class Unfortified Dessert Wine and Trophy for Best Museum Class Wine Overall
Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2009

Trophy for Best Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc
KWV Cathedral Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Trophy for Best Museum Class White Blend
Vergelegen G.V.B 2012

Trophy for Best Museum Class Chardonnay
KWV The Mentors Chardonnay 2011

Trophy for Best Museum Class Chenin Blanc
Bosman Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2011

Trophy for Best Museum Class Cape Port
KWV Limited Release Port 1948

Also Gold Medal Winners
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2013 (Port)
Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014
Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Chenin Blanc Reserve 2015
Koelenbosch Houtverouderd Chenin Blanc 2014 (Koelenhof Winery) Lanzerac Mrs. English 2011 (Museum Class Chardonnay)
Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2005 (MC) Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz 2014
Neil Ellis Woolworths Elgin Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Perdeberg Winery The Dry Land Collection Chenin Blanc 2014
Rijk’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
Stellenrust Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Museum Class)
Tokara Reserve Collection Stellenbosch Syrah 2012
Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon 2013