Four Bordeaux Blends produced by members of the Cape Winemakers Guild have been ranked amongst the top ten at this year's Calyon Trophy Bordeaux Blend Challenge held in Johannesburg.
Adi Badenhorst's John X Merriman 2005 was awarded the Calyon Trophy for best wine. This is the second consecutive year that the Rustenberg John X Merriman has been judged South Africa's champion Bordeaux blend. Adi's 2003 vintage was the Trophy winner in 2006.
First runner up Johan Malan received the gold medal award for his Simonsig Tiara 2005. Other CWG Members featured amongst the top ten were David Finlayson with his Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2003 and Gary Jordan for his Jordan Cobbler's Hill 2003.
Tasting 81 entries from 56 producers, the panel, chaired by Michael Fridjhon, comprised previous Calyon wine judges Yegas Naidoo, international wine judge from Kwazulu-Natal; Carrie Adams, partner and wine buyer at Norman Goodfellows; Tim James, editor of independent web publication Grape as well as Christian Eedes, deputy editor of WINE magazine South Africa.
The annual Calyon Trophy Bordeaux Blend Challenge is open to all South African wineries that produce blends comprising at least two of the so-called Bordeaux varieties exclusively. The winner receives R10 000 cash from Calyon and an air ticket to visit Bordeaux, home to some of the world's most famous red wine estates. The relevance of the CWG as a forum for South Africa's leading winemakers has again been demonstrated by these excellent results.