CRAIGH AGULHAS IS DURBAN CHAMPION 2019

The Tops at Spar Durban wine show teamed up with the South African Wine Tasting Championship (SAWTC) to offer any KZN based wine-lover a chance to put their taste to the test. The Durban leg of the SAWTC has been the search of the Super Tasters. Visitors to the wine show had a chance to identify 6 wines served to them in anonymous decanters. Candidates had to recognise wines from exhibiting producers. Before facing the blind challenge, they were advised to taste the shortlisted wines of Kanonkop, Excelsior, Spier, Perderberg, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Libby’s pride, Babylonstoren, Diemersfontein, Ovation, Tokara, Imbuko, Beyerskloof and Duke of Wellington.

More than a hundred wine lovers joined the search for a Super Taster. Couples, groups of friends or dedicated individuals tried to find the cultivar, the producer and the vintage of the 6 secret wines. It may sound like an easy game when you have a shortlist of 31 wines to choose from, but is it not! At this game you need a natural talent: a good palate and a flawless memory! Many students from KZN School of Wine and from the Durban branch of the Sommeliers Academy were willing to show their talent, alongside all visitors to the Tops at Spar Durban wine show.

The motivation was high in the packed crowd around the SAWTC tables because not only will the best wine tasters receive wines offered by the participating wine farms, but the winner will be flown to Cape Town for the National finals hoping to be among the four best tasters travelling to France in October under the banner of Team Nederburg 2019.

It is the first time so many Durbanites took their chance to win these exciting prizes. There can, however, be only one winner and the trophy has been handed to Craig Agulhas, closely followed by Sarah Dean and Ravi Reddy. Craig Agulhas came the closest to recognising the 6 wines that were:

Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc, Libby’s Pride Chardonnay, Ovation Sauvignon Blanc, Spier Syrah, Beyerskloof Pinotage and Tokara Cabernet Sauvignon.

Jean Vincent Ridon, KZN winner Craig Agulhas and Dube (Sommeliers Academy)

To complete the top 10 of the most talented Durban tasters, congratulations must be offered to Paul Reenard, Ashvitha Reddy, Wesley du Plessis, Mason Chetty, Mampeli Mothepu, Matt Lammers and Yorka Gutierrez.

Durban has talent, and the Tops at Spar Durban Wine Show is the KZN wine event of the year, culminating with the celebration of the best local tasters.


WHO ARE 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? 
PUT YOUR TASTE TO THE TEST!
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 Concept

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 offers all wine lovers the chance to put their talents to the test. .

Calendar 2019

- Durban SAWTC was on the 11th of May 2019 at the Durban Tops @Spar Wine Festival- Craigh Agulhas is the new 2019 Champion. 

- WESTERN CAPE SAWTC is on the 1st of June 2019 at the Taj Cape Town, Jolette Steyn is the defending Western Cape Provincial champion.

Johannesburg SAWTC is on the 8th of June 2019 at the Johannesburg Tops @Spar Wine Festival

Cape Town SAWTC is on the 13th of July 2019 at the Grand West Tops @Spar Wine Festival

- NATIONAL FINALS SAWTC is on the 21st July 2019 at the Taj Cape Town. 

- WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is on 12th October 2019 at the Chateau of Chambord


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After South Africa ranked 10th nation of the world in 2018, will team Nederburg 2019 reach the podium?



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