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RESULTS: The Classic Wine Trophy Award Winners 2009

Cape Chamonix was the overall winner at the 2009 Classic Wine Trophy, held last week in Cape Town.

The Franschhoek estate won two Gold Medals, a GQ Choice award and a return air ticket to France. Adjudicated by a panel of French judges, the competition's aim is to reward wines of elegance that have capacity to age well.

Winners: 2009

Simonsig won the trophy for Best Sparkling Wine with their Cuvee Royale 2003. Jean Daneel won the Best White Wine Trophy for his Signature Chenin Blanc 2006, Groot Constantia took the Best Red Wine Trophy for their Gouverneurs Shiraz 2006 and Klein Constantia's 2004 vintage of their iconic Vin de Constance won the Best Sweet Wine Trophy.

Organiser Christophe Durand commented on Chamonix's overall win saying, "Their consistency as an estate over the years has been amazing. I'm very happy with their victory and the outcome of this year's competition as a whole."

Winning wines were selected over three days of tasting, held at Mandela Rhodes Place. These were announced at a festive awards lunch at the Vineyard Hotel, where media, trade and the estate representatives could enjoy the winning wines.

Christophe Durand opened the ceremonies, and interestingly mentioned that the judges found Sauvignon Blanc entries the most disappointing. Southern Right was the only Sauvignon Blanc Gold Medal winner. Winning wineries came from a wide variety of areas, including Walker Bay, Napier, Tulbagh and the Cederberg amongst others.

For the first time this year, GQ Magazine presented three wines with the GQ Choice award. These were chosen from amongst the Gold Medal winners with quality, value-for-money and the average wine consumer in mind. Winners were Jean Daneel Signature Chenin Blanc 2006, Groot Constantia Pinotage 2007 and the Cape Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2007.

The Classic Wine Trophy is unique in South Africa in that it only awards a set number of medals and trophies to ensure each medal winner meets the highest of standards.

2009 Classic Wine Trophy Results

Overall Winner
Cape Chamonix Wines

GQ Choice Awards
Jean Daneel "Signature" Chenin Blanc 2006
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2007
Cape Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2007

Best Red Wine Trophy
Groot Constantia "Gouverneurs" Shiraz 2006 

Best White Wine Trophy
Jean Daneel "Signature" Chenin Blanc 2006

Best Sweet Wine Trophy
Klein Constantia "Vin de Constance" 2004

Best Sparkling Wine - Trophy
Simonsig Cuvee Royale 2003

Gold Medals – Red Wines
Groot Constantia Pinotage 2007
De Wetshof Estate "Nature in Concert" Pinot Noir 2006
La Motte "Pierneef" Shiraz/Viognier 2007
Cape Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2007
Warwick "Trilogy" 2005
Klein Constantia "Marlbrook" 2006
Cederberg Shiraz 2006
Morgenster "Lourens River Valley" 2004
Saronsberg "Seismic" 2005

Gold Medals – White Wines
Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Cape Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2007
Ataraxia Chardonnay 2008
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

Silver Medals – Red Wines

Anwilka Vineyard Anwilka Blend 2007
Arumdale Wines St. Andrews blend Blend 2006
Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal Blend 2006
Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2007
Cape Chamonix Troika Blend 2006
Cape To Cairo Wines Cape To Cairo Syrah 2007
De Grendel Wines Shiraz Shiraz 2007
Emineo Liber II Blend 2007
Glenelly Glenelly Hill Blend 2003
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve Blend 2005
Hamilton Russel Vineyards Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2006
JS Wines Julien Shaal Syrah "Mountain Vineyard" 2007
La Petit Ferme Merlot Melot 2007
La Vigne Estate "Owners Selection" Red Blend 2006
Manley Private Cellar Manley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Moreson Wine Farm Moreson Pinotage 2007
Morgenhof Wine Estate Morgenhof Estate 2004
Morgenster Estate Morgenster Blend 2004
Muratie Wine Farm Muratie Shiraz 2006
Robertson Winery Constitution Road Shiraz 2005
Saronsberg Provenance Shiraz 2006
Stormhoek Pinotage Pinotage 2004
Kumkani Cradle Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Tokara Winery Tokara Red Blend 2005
Van Louveran Wolverine Creek Reserve Shiraz 2007
Vergelegen Wines Vergelegen V Blend 2005
Vilafonté Series C Blend 2005
Vriesenhof Vineyards Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 100% 2006
Waterford Estate Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz  

Silver Medals – White Wines

Amani Chardonnay Chardonnay 2006
Bizoe Wines Henrietta Blend 2008
De Wetshof Estate Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2008
De Wetshof Estate Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2003
Longridge Longridge Chardonnay 2007
Deetlefs Wines Deetlefs Familie Blend 2007
Delaire Wines Delaire Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Chardonnay 2007
La Vierge Winery La Vierge Sauvignon Blanc 2008
L'Avenir L'Avenir Chardonnay 2007
McGregor Winery Chardonnay Chardonnay 2008
Misty Mountains Estates
Misty Mountain Vineyards
Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Morgenhof Wine Estate Morgenhof Chenin Blanc 2008
Oak Valley Wines Chardonnay Chardonnay 2008
Rietvallei Wine Estate Special Select Viognier Viognier 2008
Jack & Knox Chardonnay Chardonnay 2005
Kumkani Lanner Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Tokara Winery Tokara White Blend 2007
Under Oaks Under Oaks Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Vergelegen Wines Chardonnay Reserve Chardonnay 2007
Villiera Wines Cellardoor Chenin Blanc 2007