The Results And Winning Wines Of The 2022 Trophy Wine Show

The Awards function for The Trophy Wine Show was hosted at Investec Cape Town on 6 July 2022. The change in venue heralded a new era in the history of the show. This year, Investec became the headline sponsor of the wine industry’s most prestigious wine competition – The Trophy Wine Show. The new partnership unites Investec’s “Out of the Ordinary” approach to client service with the competition’s commitment to identifying South Africa’s best wines. 

For the first time since the Covid travel bans, it has again become possible to have international judges join local palates at the tasting benches. With leading experts from the United States, Britain and France as part of the judging and review process, would the competition maintain its legendary rigour and parsimony in awarding gold medals and trophies? Would the different panel composition yield a wholly new lineup of top laureates? 

As the detailed awards list below indicates, most trophy and gold medal winners have previously occupied a space in The Trophy Wine Show’s winners’ enclosure. Consistency driven by the competition’s unique judging methodology delivers intriguing predictability in terms of who gains access to the podium. 

The trophy for the show’s best producer was awarded this year to Spier Wine Farm. This is the second time that Spier has taken home the coveted Most Successful Producer overall award. The Investec Trophy for the Best Red Wine was won by Glen Carlou for the cellar’s 2019 red blend, which also won the Riedel  Trophy for the best Bordeaux Blend and the inaugural Vinolok Trophy for the best Premium wine. 

The Investec Trophy for the Show’s best white wine was won by Paul Cluver Estate for its 2020  Chardonnay. The Rosa Kruger Trophy for the best Old Vine wine is awarded to a gold-medal-winning wine produced entirely from certified heritage vineyards (minimum vine age 35 years). This year’s laureate is  Brookdale for its single-vineyard Chenin Blanc 2020. 

The International Judges’ Trophy – awarded to the wine which has the highest score from the three international judges on the trophy panel – was taken home this year by Oldenburg vineyards for the cellar’s  2021 Chardonnay. 

One of the only newcomers on the trophy winners podium this year was Trade Winds, which won the  Sunday Times Trophy for the show’s best Sauvignon Blanc. The cellar shared this newcomer status with  Brookdale estate, MAN Family Wines, Louisvale, and Babylonstoren.

These achievements speak for themselves, but when seen in the context of the competition’s traditional low medal counts, they count a great deal. 673 wines were entered into The Trophy Wine Show 2022. Of this  number, only 29 won gold medals. Of the gold medallists 20 won trophies. In addition, 133 Silver and 346 bronze medals were awarded. 

Cumesh Moodliar, head of Investec Private Bank SA, says: “We know many of our clients will enjoy the  bespoke tastings and engagement opportunities that the Trophy Wine and Spirits Shows, brought to you by  Investec, present – and we look forward to hosting them.” 

All the Trophy Winners 

Investec Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall 
Spier Wine Farm 

Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay, Investec Trophy for Best White Wine Overall 
Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2020 

Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux-style Red Blend, Vinolok Trophy for Best Premium Wine, Investec Trophy  for Best Red Wine Overall 
Glen Carlou Collection Red Blend 2019 

Investec Trophy for Discovery of the Show – Best Value Gold Medallist 
MAN Skaapveld Syrah 2020 

Investec International Judges’ Trophy  
Oldenburg Chardonnay 2021 

Investec Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon 
Louisvale Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 

Sowetan Trophy for Best Cap Classique 
Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve Cap Classique 2013 

Tony Mossop Trophy for Best Cape Port 
Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2019 

Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc 
Spier Woolworths Private Collection Chenin Blanc 2020 

Rosa Kruger Trophy for Best Old Vine Wine
Brookdale Chenin Blanc Single Vineyard 2020 

Sunday Times Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc 
Trade Winds Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (Unwooded) 

Financial Mail Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend 
Highlands Road Sine Cera 2017 

Business Day Trophy for Best Shiraz 
Ghost in the Machine Shiraz 2020 (The Drift Estate)

Trophy for Best Niche White  
Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2021 

 Investec Trophy for Best Semillon 
Old Road Grand-mére Semillon 2018

Investec Trophy for Best Merlot 
Spier Woolworths Signature Series Merlot 2018 

Trophy for Best Pinotage 
Warwick The First Lady Pinotage 2020 

Trophy for Best Museum Class Cape Port 
De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2012 

Trophy for Best Museum Class Chenin Blanc 
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Old Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2013 

Trophy for Best Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc 
Nederburg Two Centuries Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Wooded) 

Trophy for Best Museum Class Dessert Wine 
Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2012 

Gold Medal Winners 

Babylonstoren Chardonnay 2021 

Brookdale Chenin Blanc Single Vineyard 2020 

Cilmor Winemaker’s Selection Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2021 

Diemersdal Pinotage Reserve 2020 

Durbanville Hills Collectors Reserve The Castle of Good Hope Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Kleine Zalze Vintage Brut Méthode Cap Classique 2015 

La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay 2021 

Lievland Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2021 

MAN Skaapveld Syrah 2020 

Oldenburg Chardonnay 2021 

Villiera Monro Brut 2015 

Vrede en Lust Kogelberg Chenin Blanc 2019