Associate Judges

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show draws upon several of South Africa’s new-generation winemakers, brokers, sommeliers and wine writers – 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.

In support of the COVID-19 lockdown protocol whereby fewer people are to assemble, the number of associate judges will be limited this year. Associate judges are drawn from graduates of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy held in conjunction with the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town.

This year’s associate judges are:

Tongai Joseph Dhafana

Refugee turned winemaker, award-winning sommelier, philanthropist, Mosi Wines and Spirits owner and wine judge. Holder of CMS Introductory certificate, WSET certificate and SASA level 2 certificate. Captained Team Zimbabwe for World blind tasting championships twice in 2017 & 2018. A member of Team South Africa in 2015. Winner of the 2019 Eat Out Sommelier service award. Helped Cyclone Idai victims in Zimbabwe by building houses and donating food hampers, donated to the Goedgedacht Trust in Swartland and to Eziko School of Catering in Langa, Western Cape. Graduate of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy.

Gynore Fredericks

Winemaker at Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines. Completed her BAgric in Viticulture and Oenology at Elsenburg in 2016. Participant in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme from 2017 to 2019, working at Tokara, De Grendel as well as Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Worked a harvest in Burgundy in 2018. Distinction graduate from the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy.

Malu Lambert

Won the title of the Mont Blanc Emerging Wine Writer of the Year at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2019. She also won the Veritas Young Wine Writer award in 2015, writes for numerous South African titles and was the wine editor of Food & Home. Internationally, she has also written for Jancis Robinson, The Buyer & Decanter. A taster for the Platter's by Diners Club South African Wine Guide and is currently a WSET Diploma student who loves nothing more than to geek-out about wine. She has served on various competition juries, runs a copywriting company, has her own website and is a graduate of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy.

Tarryn Vincent

Has 17 years of wine industry experience, and is the national sales manager at The Reciprocal Wine Trading Company – focusing on international wines, Champagnes and Riedel glassware. Having completed various courses through the Cape Wine Academy and WSET, attended the Louis Latour international seminar in 2015 before graduating from the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy in 2017. Coordinator of the South African selections for the Six Nations Wine Competition and has travelled in many of the wine producing regions of the world.