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The Taj Classic Wine Trophy Winners 2014

The splendid Taj Hotel Cape Town, in association with La Revue du VIN de France, Tonnellerie Claude Gillet, DORRANCE Wines, GQ South Africa and Tonnellerie Darnajou hosted the 16th edition of theTAJ Classic Wine Trophy, from 3rd to 7th March 2014.

 

The Taj Classic Wine Trophy Winners 2014

The splendid Taj Hotel Cape Town, in association with La Revue du VIN de France, Tonnellerie Claude Gillet, DORRANCE Wines, GQ South Africa and Tonnellerie Darnajou hosted the 16th edition of theTAJ Classic Wine Trophy, from 3rd to 7th March 2014. An experienced panel of French judges, committed to upholding the highest standards in this unique celebration of South African wine, sought to recognize, reward and promote elegance, balance, finesse, ageability and sense of place achieved byvignerons in South Africa.

The panel, under the auspices of Olivier POELS, editor and managing partner of La Revue du VIN de France, comprised: Olivier POUSSIER, the best sommelier in the world winner, wine consultant, writer and group sommelier of Lenôtre; Claude GILOIS, well-known French wine writer, consultant and wine blogger; Philippe DIETRICH, winemaker and director of Michael Petzold Wine Services; Christophe DURAND, Taj Classic Wine Trophy organizer and proprietor of DORRANCE Wines; Jean-Yves MULLER, co-owner of Sotano and Petit Caveau restaurants; Germain LEHODEY, sommelier of Mosaic restaurant.

Judges in panels of three, over three rounds, blind tasted all entrants in 23 categories to select a shortlist, which was re-tasted blind by all judges in the Grand Finale. On 7th March 2014 in the St Georges Room of the lovely Taj Hotel Cape Town 19 of those wines were awarded a coveted Bacchus Trophy by Master of Ceremonies, Neil Pendock. Bacchus Trophy winners will be listed in La Revue du VIN de France 2014 and promoted at Salon de La Revue du VIN de France in Paris in May 2014.

The list of winners is as follows:

Bubbly
Villiera Monro Brut 2008

Whites
De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
Hamilton Chardonnay 2012
Hamilton Chardonnay 2013
Whalehaven Chardonnay 2012
Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2013
Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2012

REDS

Creation Pinot Noir 2012
Whalehaven Merlot 2011
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2011
Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2012
Creation Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot 2010
La Motte Pierneef Shiraz Viognier 2011
Groot Constantia Gouverneur Reserve 2011
Morgenster 2010
Morgenster 2003
Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2012
The High Road Classic 2010

SWEET
Rudera Noble Late Harvest 2010

The prize for the Most Iconic Entry for 2014 was shared between Morgenster and Hamilton Russell Vineyards who shared a pair of new barriques sponsored by distinguished coopers Tonnellerie Claude Gillet and Tonnellerie Darnajou.

Before the results were revealed, a panel of South African judges selected six wines from the Bacchus Trophy winners that presented the best overall value for readers of GQ South Africa and patrons of theTaj Hotel Cape Town. The awarded wines will be showcased in GQ South Africa and served in the Taj Hotel Cape Town over the month of July 2014. The Taj/GQ Wine selection was decided by a panel convened by Jonathan Steyn and consisting of: Christian EEDES – Editor and owner of whatidranklastnight.co.za and prominent wine judge; Craig TYSON – Editor GQ magazine South Africa;Michael POWNELL – Group General Manager of Taj Cape Town; Tatiana MARCETTEAU – Sommelier at TAJ Cape Town;

Whalehaven Chardonnay 2012
Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2013
Chamonix Chardonnay Reserve 2012
Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2012
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2011
Whalehaven Merlot 2011 

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