Stark-Condé takes top trophy at 2013 Trophy Wine Show

The Three Pines vineyard at
Stark-
Condé, Jonkershoek Valley 
STARK-CONDÉ WINES in the Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch was the Most Successful Producer at the 2013 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, followed by the cellars of KWV, Delaire Graff, Rustenberg, Cederberg, Rijk’s, Jordan, Diemersfontein, Eikendal, Hillcrest and Simonsig. And just as interesting as the latest reviews regarding some of South Africa’s top quality wines are the discoveries in the best-value stakes – see below.
 
Top-performing red wine in the taste-off: Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2010. Top-performing white wine in the competition: Rijk’s Chenin Blanc Reserve 2008. Top-rated sparkling wine on the day: JC Le Roux Scintilla 2003. And the most-preferred dessert wines at the show: Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2012 (unfortified) and Nuy White Muscadel 2007 (fortified).
 
THE TROPHY-WINNING WINES
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2010 (red blend)
Delaire Graff Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Reserve 2011
Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2012
Diemersdal MM Louw Estate Red 2011
Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve 2011
Eikendal Charisma 2011 (red blend)
JC Le Roux Scintilla 2003 (MCC sparkling)
Jordan Riesling 2009
Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2012
KWV The Mentors Petit Verdot 2011
KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Nuy Chardonnay 2009
Nuy White Muscadel 2007 (fortified dessert)
Rijk’s Chenin Blanc Reserve 2008
Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2011
Stark-Condé Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Stark-Condé Three Pines Syrah 2010
ALSO GOLD MEDAL WINNERS
Asara Vineyard Collection Shiraz 2010
Ashton Kelder Roodewal 2011 (red blend)
Delheim Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc Elim Reserve 2011
Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2011
Hillcrest Hornfels 2011 (red blend)
KWV Abraham Perold Insignis 2011 (Shiraz)
MAN Vintners Chardonnay 2006
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2008 (NLH dessert)
Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2012 (dessert)
Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2011
Rustenberg Stellenbosch Shiraz 2011
Simonsig Woolworths Exclusive Selection Chenin Blanc Sur Lie 2012
 
BEST VALUE REDS – TOP 10
Mooiberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – R25pb (Zidela Wines)
Secret Cellar Pinotage 2008 – R29.99pb (Ultra Liquors)

Koelenbosch Sangiovese 2012 – R33pb (Koelenhof Winery)
Secret Cellar Shiraz 2011 – R37.99pb (Ultra Liquors)
Table Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – R34.99pb (Ultra Liquors)
Perdeberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – R38.50pb
Koelenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – R50pb (Koelenhof Winery)
Simonsig Woolworths Pinotage 2011 – R49.95pb
Koelenbosch Nineteenfortyone 2012 – R50pb (Koelenhof Winery)
Stettyn Shiraz Cabernet Signature Reserve 2011 – R50pb
BEST VALUE WHITES – TOP 10
Mooiberg Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – R25pb (Zidela)
Orange River Cellars Colombard 2013 – R26.45pb
Darling Cellars Chenin Blanc Reserve 2013 – R27pb
Eagle’s Cliff Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – R30pb
Secret Cellar Chardonnay 2008 – R29.99pb (Ultra)
De Wet Cellar Chardonnay 2012 – R32pb
Backsberg Tread Lightly Chenin Blanc 2012 – R33pb
Douglas Green Chenin Blanc 2012 – R33pb
Bellingham Citrus Grove Chenin 2012 – R37.40pb
Perdeberg Chenin Blanc 2012 – R44.50pb
The best-value gold medallist at R72 per bottle was the Shiraz-based red blend Eikendal Charisma 2011, winner of the Old Mutual Trophy for Discovery of the Show.
For more information about the show, more of the competition results and details of the public tastings at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 6 June (6pm to 9pm) and at the CTICC in Cape Town on 13 June (5pm to 8.30pm), click here.