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2015 Taj Classic Wine Trophy Winners

Sixteen Cape wines were awarded the coveted Bacchus Trophy at a reception at the Cape Town’s new five-star banqueting venue, The Reserve at Taj. The Taj Classic Wine Trophy awards seeks to recognise, reward and promote elegance, balance, finesse, ageability and sense of place achieved by vignerons in South Africa.

The panel of international judges comprised: Olivier Poels, editor and managing partner of La Revue du Vin de France and wine commentator for Europe 1 Radio; Olivier Poussier, best sommelier in the world winner, wine consultant, writer and group sommelier of Lenôtre; Claude Gilios, well-known French wine writer, consultant and wine blogger; Thierry Germain proprietor of Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur; Christophe Durand, Taj Classic Wine Trophy organizer and proprietor of Dorrance Wines; Tatiana Marcetteau, sommelier at Taj Cape Town; Stephane Duvernes, proprietor of wine distributor Les Chais St Laurent, Paris; Germain Lehodey, sommelier of Mosaic restaurant; Xavier Didier, former sommelier at Tantris, Munich; Jerome Faure, corporate sommelier Constance Hotels and Resorts, Mauritius; and Todd Ramsey from Marram wine importers, Canada.

The GQ-Taj panel was convened by wine judge Jonathan Steyn and consisted of: Christian Eedes, editor of www.winemag.co.za and GQ wine columnist; Khuselo Mputa, sommelier at Grande Provence; Craig Tyson, editor of GQ South Africa; Jeanri-Tine, Van Zyl, columnist for www.winemag.co.za; Michael Pownall, group general manager of Taj Cape Town; Tatiana Marcetteau, sommelier at Taj Cape Town.

2015 Taj Classic Wine Trophy Winners

(Bubbly and White Wine)

Secret Cellar Blanc de Blanc MCC NV

Boutinot Mon Vieux Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Delaire Graff White Blend 2012

De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2014

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2014

(Red Wine)

Sumaridge Pinot Noir 2012

Groot Constantia Pinotage 2013

Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage 2012

Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2013

Boschkloof Epilogue Shiraz 2012

Groot Constantia Merlot 2013

Morgenster 2001

Webersburg Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Petit Verdot 2011

Saronsberg Full Circle 2012

A local judging panel chose six of these wines as the best overall value to patrons of the Taj and GQ readers.

Secret Cellar Blanc de Blanc MCC NV

De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2014

Groot Constantia Merlot 2013

Webersburg Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Petit Verdot 2011

Saronsberg Full Circle 2012

Groot Constantia and its winemaker Boela Gerber was awarded the prize for the Most Iconic Entry of 2015


Classic Wine Trophy Awards 2015

BY DAX · MARCH 7, 2015

This is the 4th time I have attended the Classic Wine Trophy Awards(click can read my comments on 2011, 2012 & 2013) and each year I enjoy the event more. The purpose of the competition is to see what French wine judges think of South African wines. The competition not only gives local producers valuable feedback regarding their standing on the international stage, but it gives SA wines great exposure overseas through these very influential wine personalities that come here to taste, judge and enjoy our wines.

This year the awards ceremony was held in the The Reserve, which is now the function venue of the Taj Hotel. It’s a beautiful venue, perfect for this event. The food was amazing and the wines were fantastic. It was well attended and it’s apparent that the competition is growing from strength to strength.

Below some pictures to show of the evening. I’ve separated them into collages themed around arrival, food, wine, presenters & people. Below the pictures are the winning wines, selected by the 12 judges through a blind tasting process.

All the individual images are available here.

The winners of the 2015 Classic Wine Trophy Awards are:

Bubbly and White Wine

Secret Cellar Blanc de Blanc MCC NV
Boutinot Mon Vieux Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Delaire Graff White Blend 2012
De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
Glen Carlou Chardonnay 2014
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2014

Red Wine

Sumaridge Pinot Noir 2012
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2013
Chamonix Greywacke Pinotage 2012
Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2013
Boschkloof Epilogue Shiraz 2012
Groot Constantia Merlot 2013
Morgenster 2001
Webersburg Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Petit Verdot 2011
Saronsberg Full Circle 2012
The award for Most Iconic Entry went to Groot Constantia.

Read more at the Classic Wine Trophy Awards website.

At the end of it all, somebody had to pay the bill… LOL!

 

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