Cape Town ROCKED on Thursday, 29 November when over 100 guests attended the third annual Spit or Swallow Box Wine Awards at Mercury Live in Cape Town.
Freddie Mercury look-a-likes, glam rock outfits and big wigs set the theme for a revolutionary evening for South African wine as we know it.
This year Robertson Winery Shiraz was awarded the best Red Box Wine and Du Toitskloof Chenin Blanc walked away with the title for best White Wine.
33 Wines were entered into this year’s competition. Over 100 judges tasted through this year’s line-up with only one aim at hand, to find the best red and best white box wine.
Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to judge the wines. The judging panel was a nice mix between esteemed wine critics and experts, everyday wine drinkers and members of the media.
What makes this competition different from any wine competition in the world was the scoring system. The popular social media website, Twitter, was used to record and calculate all the scores submitted on the evening.
All 33 box wines were scored blindly out of 10. Everyone’s twitter handles were registered on iPads sponsored by Cybercellar and participants had to tweet their scores @boxwineawards. This live method of scoring provided people from across South Africa and the world with the opportunity to follow the event online.
The best box wines for 2012 according to ratings
|1.||Box 4||Du Toitskloof – Chenin Blanc 2012|
|2.||Box 27||Robertson – Shiraz|
|3.||Box 28||Drostdy Hof – Cabernet Sauvignon|
|4.||Box 6||Stellenbosch Hills – Polkadraai Merlot/Shiraz|
|5.||Box 24||Uniwines – Palesa Chenin|
|6.||Box 29||Woolworths – Light White|
|7.||Box 33||Drostdy Hof – Merlot 2012|
|8.||Box 8||Du Toitskloof – Sauvignon Blanc 2012|
|9.||Box 3||Woolworths – Crisp White|
|10.||Box 20||Du Toitskloof – Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2012|
|11.||Box 12||Robertson – Merlot|
|12.||Box 13||Du Toitskloof – Pinotage/Merlot/Ruby Cabernet 2011|
|13.||Box 19||Woolworths – Longmarket Merlot|
|14.||Box 18||Orange Rivier – Dry Red|
|15.||Box 17||Robertson – Chardonnay 3L|
|16.||Box 30||Overmeer – Crisp Dry Premier Grand Cru|
|17.||Box 21||Robertson – Cabernet Sauvignon|
|18.||Box 22||Robertson – Sauvignon Blanc|
|19.||Box 15||Stellenbosch Hills – Polkadraai Sauvignon Blanc|
|20.||Box 11||Cronier – Roads into Africa Red Wine 2011|
|21.||Box 5||Woolworths – Dry Red|
|22.||Box 9||Orange Rivier – Dry White|
|23.||Box 34||Woolworths – Longmarket Cabernet Merlot|
|24.||Box 14||Darling – Black Granite Shiraz|
|25.||Box 1||Robertson – Extra Light Sauvignon Blanc|
|26.||Box 7||Uniwines – Palesa Shiraz|
|27.||Box 16||Windmeul – Dry White|
|28.||Box 10||Versus – Versus Crisp and Fruity|
|29.||Box 31||Robertson – Chenin Blanc 2L|
|30.||Box 2||Drostdy Hof – Sauvignon Blanc 2012|
|31.||Box 35||Robertson – Ruby Cabernet|
|32.||Box 32||Tassenberg – Dry Red|
|33.||Box 25||Overmeer – Full Bodied Smooth Red|
South Africa’s leading wine news website, winetimes.co.za, was the main sponsor of the event and their aim was to promote responsible drinking. The Monarch Tuksi Company showed their support and offered guests a save ride.
The guys form Social Plus One did a fanatic job and captured all the rockstar moments throughout the evening.
Vital Health ensured the safety of everyone’s livers by sponsoring Vital Liver Rescue tablets and no one went hungry thanks to the tasty 70’s inspired snacks.
Mercury Live provided the perfect setting for a rocking occasion. Kevin Winder and his team did an amazing job to insure that everything went according to plan throughout the evening.
Tickets to this year’s event were available online through http://www.micket.me/.
The organisers would like to congratulate all the winners and thanks all the producers who participated in the 2012 Box Wine Awards. It was once again a huge success and the quality of the wines showed definite improvement.