YOUNG WINE SHOW
YOUNG WINE SHOW
We would like to congratulate our cellars for doing so well and making us very proud at the Regional Breedekloof/Worcester Young Wine Show. #ValleyOfChampions
Aan de Doorns received two Championship Awards:
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (Both Unwooded)
BC Wines received a Championship Award:
Red Blend (Wooded Merlot, Tannat, Ruby Cabernet)
Alvi’s Drift received a Championship Award:
De Wet Cellar received two Championship Awards:
Chenin Blanc (Unwooded) and White Blend (Unwooded Nouvelle)
ABOUT THE SOUTH AFRICAN YOUNG WINE SHOW
Presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) – gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage.
The South African Young Wine Show dating back to 1833 - presented annually by the South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) - gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase the best wines of the current vintage.
The eight participating wine regions are Robertson, Worcester/Breedekloof, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Oranje-Vaal, Olifants River, Swartland and Little Karoo. Individual entries from outside these regions are also encouraged.
Champions are crowned in the following 17 categories: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Other White Cultivar, Dry White Blend, Sweetish Wine, Noble Late Harvest, Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Red Cultivar, Dry Red Blend, Port, Dessert Wine and Muscadel.
In addition to the 17 SA championship trophies, the impressive General Smuts Trophy - introduced in 1952 - for the overall SA Champion Young Wine, and the Pietman Hugo Trophy, for the cellar with the highest score for five best entries, are also at stake.
For the second year in a row, the Shiraz class attracted the most entries (152) this year, followed by Chenin Blanc (149), Any Red Cultivar Blend (143), Cabernet Sauvignon (129) and Sauvignon Blanc (126).
The 2018 vintage has been described as one of the most challenging for wine makers and viticulturists in more than 30 years, due to the severe drought in the winegrowing areas of South Africa. The chairman of the Young Wine Show, Christo Pienaar, said there was great expectation and excitement in the industry to see what the results would be from a difficult vintage that also showed the promise of very good quality wines.
The Young Wine Show plays an important role in educating young wine tasters in the evaluation of wines. In addition to the seven highly qualified and experienced judges in each of the categories, an eighth trainee judge is added to each panel. The junior judges’ scores are not added to the final tally. “We are preparing a future generation of wine judges for the competition, as well as the industry as a whole,” said Bennie Howard, vice-chairperson of the Show.