The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition, identifying the very best Cape wines, recognising the achievements of the country’s winemakers, and honouring excellence in the wine industry.

A team of associate panelists is drawn from the pool of rising South African wine-making, wine marketing and wine-writing talent who qualified via the Wine Judging Academy, run in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

The participation of the associates ensures that the next generation of the country’s wine judges gains experience in this most rigorous of environments. A different associate judge sits with each panel on each of the medal-judging days of the show. They participate in the tasting and the post-judging discussion, though their scores are not necessarily taken into account in the final tally.

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