From Trizanne Signature Wines - we wish you a merry Christmas and a purposeful and heartwarming time with your family and loved ones! Despite the challenging year that we've all endured, you continuously supported me nevertheless - which I am extremely grateful for - thank you from the bottom of my heart.
TROPHY WINE SHOW
This year the prestigious Old Mutual Trophy Wine show took place at Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl. Normally the judging panel would consist of three international and six local judges covering a broad range of wine tasting experience, expertise and
working with a 100-point scoring system. This year however, the panels have consisted of 100% South African experts and lead by wine authority Michael Fridjhon since the inception of the show in 2002.
Photo: Danie Nel
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: ABOUT THE JUDGING PROCESS FORM BOTH ENDS
For the last 10 years I have served as an Ad Hoc Judge for the OMTWS and without a doubt, although it might be one of the most gruelling weeks of my year, it also is the most rewarding.
The judging takes place over 4 days, which sounds quite easy, but in reality compared to the amount of sensory overload, the energy poured out is immense. One’s nose and palate is continuously on super alert and your brain is in hyper-drive, searching for and sifting through all the endless wine knowledge accumulated over the years.
Thankfully, the panel consists of incredibly experienced judges that serve as a helping hand throughout the process. We judge and debate, call back wines and re-judge, agree and disagree and re-judge again – all of this blindly. Luckily, through all of this we have a voice of reason. Michael Fridjhon as one of South Africa’s most consulted liquor industry authorities and highly regarded international wine judges and SA wine writers, a wine-guru indeed. He is excellent in bringing clarity when we find ourselves in a scrum lock. Just for the record: I didn’t judge the Syrah panel. Whenever a winemaker judge enters their own wines into a category, their scores will be completely null and void when the wine enters the Trophy round. Very strict external auditing throughout the judging prevents any discrepancies.
As a wine producer myself, this judging exercise offers a glimpse into the past and future of our industry, relating to where we came from and where we are heading. The most fascinating part is to see how we have evolved as an industry. Seeing how our vineyards have shined and how the producers have respectfully and creatively crafted magnificent wines, making space for self-expression – our strengths and weaknesses show through this process and it creates an anticipation for where producers will be taking the wine industry next.
Once this week passes, you go back from being a judge to being a producer with heightened senses. This inspires one to go back to your own winery, re-taste and improve where you feel it best, constantly rechecking the drawing board and planning for the future harvest.
At the end of September, with the judging still lingering in the back of my mind I could never have expected what happened next. The results were released and I won the trophy for Best Syrah and the trophy for Best Red wine for the 2018 Reserve Syrah… and what an overwhelming response! The amount of support and genuineness of the industry, consumers and OMWTS – wow, my words fall short to what I've experienced. A heartfelt thank you for all the tremendous support.
Photos: Danie Nel
GREAT NEWS ...AND GIFT IDEA FOR YOU!
I am happy to announce that TSW's 2018 Reserve Syrah is still in stock - limited though! So, if you are keen to get a taste of this award winning bottle, be sure to click the link below to order from my webshop.