Tom, Oz(zie) and Eric – The Party in Paarl

Monday, 4 March, 2013
OutSorceress Marketing
In early May, Paarl will be rocking with terroir talk, vintage variances, faults, finesse and pedantic palates. Over 1 000 wines will be put through their paces at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 judging by some of the rock stars of the wine industry. 
BBC broadcaster Oz Clarke, leading Australian wine judge Tom Carson and top Burgundian sommelier Eric Goettelmann are this year’s three international judges to join the stained-teeth taskforce to find South Africa's top wines.
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show celebrates 12 years as SA's leading premium wine competition. With significant benefits for both industry and wine consumer - the show brings together these international tasters with South African experts Christian Eedes, Gary Jordan, Angela Lloyd, James Pietersen, François Rautenbach and Rianie Strydom.
Wineries are invited to enter their wines, current and recent vintages as well as Museum class.  To do so, find all the wine entry information on Enter by 28 March.
For those keen to get the lowdown “as it happens”, the Judges’ Feedback Session on 9 May at the Grande Roche is a comprehensive report-back on the prevailing impressions of the state of the wine industry.  The invitation is open to the industry but seats are limited – more details to follow online via, Facebook and Twitter closer to the time.
An extensive roadshow programme follows the release of the show's results on 30 May and comprises Masterclass® tastings in eight Southern African cities (includes Windhoek and now East London for the first time) and Public Tastings in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  A large audience of SA wine lovers - in the order of 2 500 Old Mutual VIP guests and members of the public - will be exposed to this year's top wines on the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show roadshow during June.  Each guest receives a take-home copy of the Icons show guide containing a detailed review of this year's competition and full details of the achievers.  In addition, wines can be ordered on the night.

Judging entry details:
Entry Kits can be found on
Or email
Or call Alex Mason-Gordon on 011 482 5936.

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 timeline is as follows:
28 March Deadline for submission of entry forms and documentation
5 April Deadline for payment of entry fees
2 May Submission of wine samples to Grande Roche, Paarl
6 to 9 May Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 Judging – Grande Roche, Paarl
9 May Judges’ Feedback Session – Grande Roche, Paarl
30 May Announcement of the competition results
7 June Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Johannesburg Public Tasting, Sandton Convention Centre
13 June Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Cape Town Public Tasting, CTICC