South Africa’s best wines in 2019

The winners of the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show have been announced.

The show identifies the very best Cape wines with 956 bottles from 206 producers judged in 2019, and a total of 32 gold medals awarded.

Shiraz was the largest class with 103 submissions. Sauvignon Blanc (86) and Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay each with 84 entries, led the white wine categories.

The Cabernet Sauvignon class numbered 83, followed closely by Bordeaux Blends at 76.

Pinotage was up from 50 in 2018, to 54, and Merlot consistent with 2018, at 44. The newly established Rhône blend class attracted 25 submissions.

“The top producer for 2019 – Painted Wolf Wines – had previously won a trophy (in 2012) and a gold medal (in 2017), its success this year took the industry by storm,” said Old Mutual.

“Winning the trophy in both the niche red and niche white categories gave Painted Wolf an unassailable lead in the race for top producer status. In number two slot was Dawid Nieuwoudt from Cederberg followed by Gary Jordan from Jordan Wine Estate (both multiple past trophy winners).”

You can find the trophy winners detailed below.

Trophy Winners

Award Wine
Most Successful Producer Overall Painted Wolf Wines
Best Chenin Blanc and Best White Wine Overall Mulderbosch Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc Block A 2017
Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Red Wine Overall Kruger Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Discovery of the show/Best Value Gold Medallist Bonnievale Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Best White Blend Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2017
Best Sparkling Wine JC Le Roux Scintilla Méthode Cap Classique Vintage Reserve 2014
Best Bordeaux-Style Red Blend Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Collection Grand Vin 2017
Best Chardonnay Jordan Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018
Best Cape Port Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2017
Best Shiraz Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2017
Best Sauvignon Blanc Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Best Dessert Wine (Unfortified) Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018
Best Pinotage Survivor Pinotage Reserve 2017
Best Red Blend De Krans Tritonia Calitzdorp Blend 2016
Best Niche White Variety Painted Wolf Roussanne 2018
Best Niche Red Variety Painted Wolf Black Pack Mourvèdre 2017
Best Semillon Wildeberg White 2018
Best Museum Class Fortified Wine KWV Ruby Port 1949
Best Museum Class Sparkling Wine Desiderius Pongrácz Méthode Cap Classique 2011
Best Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc D’Aria The Songbird Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Best Museum Class Semillon KWV The Mentors Semillon 2012

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