Trophy winners include amazing stuff from Karoo

So now we know the names of all the trophy winners… The Overall Winners in the 2012 Classic Wine Trophy competition include a red from Stellenbosch (using grapes from Sutherland), a white from Walker Bay (near Hermanus), a bubbly from a cellar on the Franschhoek perimeter and a sweet wine from Voor Paardeberg on the outskirts of Paarl.

BEST RED WINE ON SHOW: Mount Sutherland Syrah 2009, from Daniel de Waal’s Super Single Vineyards
BEST WHITE WINE ON SHOW: Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2010
BEST SPARKLING WINE ON SHOW: Boschendal Grande Cuvee Brut 2007
BEST SWEET WINE ON SHOW: Perdeberg Reserve Weisser Riesling Natural Sweet 2010

The news comes after the announcement that the CWT’s Bacchus Trophy for the most successful producer overall had gone to Glen Carlou of Paarl.

No surprise that Hamilton Russell Vineyards should grab a trophy with a Chardonnay boasting one of the best track records in the country. Paarl has been the source of plenty of delicious unfortified dessert wines over the years. And it was only a matter of time before one of the pioneers of Cap Classique sparklers should return to the podium. But a red wine from grapes grown under some of the most extreme conditions in the Northern Cape? De Waal’s wine has its roots near a Karoo town more likely to be associated with satellites and star-gazing than vineyards and classy tipples.