The annual Pinotage Top 10 Competition has been opened to all comers.
This prestigious competition enters its second decade by inviting entries from wines made outside South Africa to join in. The competition, run by the South African producers Pinotage Association and sponsored by ABSA Bank, is unusual in that it selects 10 winners, enabling different styles of Pinotage wine to be equally recognised
The first competition in 1997 had just 49 entries while last year attracted 130. ABSA is part of the Barclays group who have taken winning wines and their winemakers to London, Hong Kong and Singapore to showcase their wines to Barclays international clients, giving the wines even wider exposure.
Closing date for entries to the 2007 competition is 30 August, and rules and entry forms can be downloaded from www.pinotage.co.za/html/entry_2007.html
The judges for the competition will be Duimpie Bayly, Charles Hopkins, Chris Roux, Dave Hughes, Neil Pendock, Michelle Cherutti-Kowal (wine lecturer in England) and Julian Brind (Master of Wine from England). They will taste all the wines, then retaste the 20 highest scoring wines to find the final Top 10.