The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition, which was conceptualized in 2015, has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers, and the winning wines for 2019 were recently announced with seven Franschhoek vignerons shining in their relevant categories.
The vignerons who secured spots on the prestigious ‘ultimate’ wine list were the following:
ECONOMICALLY SAVVY PINKS
Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Rosé 2019
ELEGANT & CLASSY WHITES
Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017
Boschendal The Rose Garden Rosé 2019
ELEGANT & CLASSY REDS
VOLUPTUOUS & RICH REDS
Old Road Wine Co. The Butcher and Cleaver 2015
La Motte Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2016
Furthermore, Plaisir de Merle was named as one of the Stand Out Wines for the Grand Plaisir 2014 in its relevant category, which reaffirms Franschhoek as a leading wine region.
The panel of sommeliers taste the entries blind in their relevant categories, only knowing vintage and price point, before discussing the wines and deciding if they fulfill the criteria of being placed on the Sommeliers Selection “ultimate” wine list.”
This year, the Sommeliers Selection Competition Chairman and current board member of The South African Sommeliers Association, Joakim Hansi Blackadder chaired the judging panel. Joakim was joined on the panel by:
- Wikus Human
- Tinashe Nyamudoka
- Chantelle Gous
- Wayve Kolevsohn
- Esmé Groenewald
- Barry Scholfield
- Pearl Oliver-Mbumba
- Joseph Dhafana
This year more than 400 wines from the country’s top wine estates were entered into the contest.
For a full list of the results and more info visit www.thesommeliersselection.co.za.