Sunday 1 December 2013 15:40
Murray Barlow, of Rustenburg Wines scooped Young Wine Maker of the Year 2013 at the 33rd Diners Club Wine Maker of the Year Awards. The award is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the industry.
South Africa’s wine enthusiasts gathered for the prestigious event in Franschhoek on Saturday. Barlow says he is honoured.
“It’s amazing , not something you expect. We were over 60 entries in the Young Wine Maker competition, gone into the top six and it’s amazing to win, to come number one is unbelievable, can’t describe it,”
Meanwhile, Boland winemaker, Christiaan Groenewald, walked away with top honours for his unusual Tannat-Syrah wine.Groenewald's skilful use of the unusual Tannat grape variety made him a hit.
“I think being blessed is number one, you can do what you want and all that I can do as a wine maker is to use the best possible grapes, and go through the process, take every year as different, try to make small changes and then believe that the best will happen."
This year’s judging panel included French wine connoisseur, veteran wine judge and winner of the coveted Gault et Millau blind test wine competition , Andre Reboul.
The winners received among other prices, a return ticket to San Francisco to explore the Napa Valley in California.
Winemaker of the year also walked away R50 000.
The event is synonymous with industry giants such as Beyers Truter, Gunther Brözel, Bartho Eksteen and others.