Entries close on Thursday 21 June for young wines from the 2012 harvest wishing to contend for the Young Wine awards. The SA Young Wine Show, the country’s biggest and oldest wine competition grants wine makers from the eight wine regions the opportunity to benchmark their different wines, experimental styles and new varieties against those of their peers.
Some 2 000 young wines annually aspire to be on the receiving end of the coveted General Smuts and Pietman Hugo trophies. The General Smuts trophy is the competition’s highest acclaim and goes to the overall champion, while the Pietman Hugo trophy is awarded to the cellar with the highest score for five different wines.
From 23 – 27 July specialist panels of qualified wine judges will take the youngster wines through their paces at the Nederburg Auction Complex. Wines take part in 17 categories and stand the chance to be named a SA Champion within these groupings. The categories include Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sémillon, Other White Cultivars, Dry White Blends, Sweet White Wine, Noble Late Harvest, Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Red Cultivars, Dry Red Blends, Port, Dessert wine and Muscadel.
The superstars of the 2012 vintage will be announced at Bloemhof in Stellenbosch on Thursday 16 August during an award ceremony under the auspices of Agri-Expo, an ardent supporter of the South African wine industry for close to 180 years.