Gauteng’s got wine tasting talents!
The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2016 awarded the best Gauteng wine tasters in Sandton on the 13th of July 2016, forming part of the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival held at Summer Place.
The purpose of the Championship is to offer all wine lovers the chance to put their taste to the test, the Top 5 tasters come from various backgrounds, some are working in the wine industry, others winners are just being true passionate amateurs. Close to eighty competitors registered on the day.
Gauteng wine lovers participated in a tasting challenge to recognise 6 wines served blind from unmarked decanters. It goes without saying that it was a difficult task: finding out which wine was what requires a sharp nose, a precise palate and an incredible memory. The wineries supporting the SAWTC Gauteng 2016 are Constantia Uitsig, Haute Cabriere, Journey’s End, Marianne Estate, Zevenwacht, Hidden Valley, The Drift and De Wetshof.
The top 5 Gauteng tasters for 2016 are:
Dean EHRLICH – Winner in Gauteng for 2016 with 84%, he was in the top 10 in 2015
Lerato MOLELEKI - 2nd in Gauteng for 2016 with 74%
Savvas THEMISTOCLEOUS – 3rd in Gauteng for 2016 with 67%
Julia WILLIAMS – 4th in Gauteng for 2016 with 66%
Kiran LALLOO – 5th in Gauteng for 2016 with 65%
The overall Gauteng winner, Dean EHRLICH automatically qualifies for the national finals in Capetown and will try to win his seat in Team South Africa. Dean is an attorney by trade, but a wine lover by passion, showing that an amateur can compete with the most trained wine professionals. Lerato MOLELEKI who works for Avondale wine farm qualifies as well for the national finals. The remaining 3 Gauteng champions will have to wait for the scores from the other provincial championship taking place in the Cape on the 6th of August 2016 to see if they have a place in the finale when Team South Africa will be selected through a blind tasting of international wines.
As the manager of the SAWTC, and coach of Team South Africa, Jean-Vincent RIDON wants to thank Juliet Cullinan for supporting the Gauteng Provincial Championship as part of her wine festival, and the team of WINE.CO.ZA as the media partner for the SAWTC and Team South Africa. Next leg will be the Cape Provincial Championship, taking place on the 6th of August 2016 at the TAJ Hotel Cape Town.
WHO WILL BE THE TOP TASTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Wine tasting is a gift. The SAWTC is calling for talents around the country. Who will be our best South African wine tasters this year?
A small percentage of the population has a predisposition and enjoys a very accurate palate memory! These talents, once recognised and trained they can be the Robert Parker, or the Jancis Robinson of tomorrow.
The South African Wine Tasting Championship is a public event calling for all talents to test their abilities at tasting wines. Wine lovers will finally be the center of a wine event.
The SAWTC will aim at two goals:
- Recognise and Award the Top Wine tasters in South Africa
- Select Team South Africa going to the World Blind Tasting Challenge
In the spirit of ongoing education, and in an attempt to encourage new converts into the closed circle that is the wine world, the SAWTC 2016 will offer all wine lovers the chance to put their talents to the test. .
Our Twitter account is @SAWineChamp
The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2016 in Cape Town, on the 6th of August 2016.
The National Finale will take place in Cape Town.
The World Championship will take place on the 8th of October 2016, in Provence in France. South Africa ranked 12th nation of the world in 2015.
Cape Town Provincial Championship: It will be hosted at The Taj Capetown on the 6th of August 2016 from 10:00 until 17:00. Tickets are available at R250 each, and include your commemorative glass. Entries can be purchased at the door but we strongly advise to purchase and register before hand.
All the updates can be found on our media partner wine.co.za