Associate Judges

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show draws upon several of South Africa’s new-generation winemakers, all of whom have appropriate tasting experience. They are provided with the opportunity of working in a rigorous show-judging environment and learning from the international and local tasters to whom they are seconded. Associate judges work in the tasting room with the main panel and are invited to participate in the discussion, however their scores are not included in the final tally.

ASSOCIATE JUDGES:

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Showdraws upon several of South Africa’s new-generation winemakers, all ofwhom have appropriate tasting experience. They are provided with theopportunity of working in a rigorous show-judging environment and learning fromthe international and local tasters to whom they are seconded. Associate judgeswork in the tasting room with the main panel and are invited to participate inthe discussion, however their scores are not included in the final tally.
Murray Barlow

Cellarmaster at Rustenberg Wines, which his family owns and runs. Readhis Masters in Oenology at the University of Adelaide in Australia, graduatingin 2011 Cum Laude. Graduated with distinction at the Michael Fridjhon WineJudging Academy in 2015. Won the title of Diner's Club Young Winemaker of theYear twice, the first person in the history of the competition to do so. TrophyWine Show associate judge in 2015.
Ndaba Dube

Joined the Vineyard Hotel in CapeTown as a barman in 2009 and quickly identified wine as a particular interest.Worked his way up the ranks to become a sommelier and maître d’, and is nowa senior restaurant manager overseeing the hotel’s wineportfolio and events. He has a B.Bus Admin degree in Finance & Sociologyfrom UNISA, a PG Dip certificate in Wine Business Management (short course)from the UCT Graduate School of Business and has completed WSET 1 to 3 and CapeWine Academy courses. Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy graduate (2018).
Eben February

Brought up in the winelands but didn’t have theopportunity to learn about wine until he was given the chance to help out as arunner at the South African Airways tasting which was held at Nederburg in2010. He developed a passion for wine, and in 2013 took his first wine course – ‘Introduction to Wines’ – through theCape Wine Academy, followed shortly afterwards by the ‘CertificateWine Course’ and later completing the Academy’s ‘Wines of the World’. His careerbegan in 2012 at Delaire Graff Wine Estate, where he was a wine tutor for twoyears. In 2014 he joined Jordan Wine Estate as tasting room manager. Heattended the Wine Forum which was held at Jordan, presented by Jacques Steyn(CWM), and is currently enjoying his WSET Level 3 studies. A graduate of theMichael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy in 2018.
Spencer Fondaumiere

Kenyan-born operations manager andsommelier at the Burrata, Bocca and Open Door restaurants. He began his careerin hospitality at chef school and, an entrepreneur at heart, started a cateringcompany from his mother’s kitchen, which he ran for seven years. Hasstudied through the Cape Wine Academy and WSET and became the first sommelierin Africa to be certified through the South African Sommelier Association(SASA). A Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy graduate in 2016. Trophy WineShow associate judge in 2016 and 2017.





Patson Mathonsi

Eat Out and Mercedes-Benz Sommelierof the Year in 2014. From coffee shop to Italian bistro, his career in finewine progressed with his appointment as head sommelier at DW11-13 Restaurant inJohannesburg and as sales representative at the Reciprocal Wine Company since2015. He has completed the Cape Wine Academy Certificate in Wine and WSETLevels 1, 2 and 3. Member of the Hugues Lepin Sommelier and Wine Academy.Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy graduate (2016). Trophy Wine Showassociate judge in 2016 and 2017.
Debi van Flymen CWM

Owner of DvF Wine Distributors andwine events company GrapeSlave, a Cape Wine Master and lecturer for both theWSET and Cape Wine Academy. Currently a British Master of Wine student.Inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne at the inaugural AfricanChapitre Gala. Opened bespoke catering company Culinary Productions in 2004. Awriter and regular contributor to wine podcasts and radio programmes. Graduateof the 2016 Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy and Diner’s ClubWinemaker of the Year judge in 2016. Trophy Wine Show associate judge in 2017.