"Overall the wines are much better, much purer, much cleaner, more linear and now, all of a sudden, the judges have an opportunity when they’re looking at their top silvers and their golds to look for real personality, real nuance, real detail. It’s not just about a well-made wine that gets there by default. It is that some of the really finest wines have expressed themselves in a way we weren’t expecting to find five or ten years ago”, said Michael Fridjhon, Chairman of the Judges at the Feedback session, 3 May 2018.
Judging took place at the Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl from 30 April – 3 May. Listen to what the South African judges had to say about some of the categories they judged. The video, with international judges’ feedback and a look at how the competition works, also showcases last year’s winning winery and reveals the moment this year’s Most Successful Producer of the Show was announced.