Each year, thousands of wine lovers converge on the Sandton Convention Centre for three days in October to sip, swirl and appraise some 900 wines at the RMB WineX. As always, show visitors were urged to vote for their favourites and this year saw introduction of the RMB WineX app and a parallel digital ballot in association with Samsung Electronics. But it is not only the Johannesburg that gets to be part of the glamour, as the next RMB WineX take place in the CTICC Ballroom, Cape Town on 29-30 November 2012.
In Johannesburg, the Samsung Best Wine on Show leaderboard added the excitement of a Wall Street price board, with the audited results confirming that Gauteng is keen on a diverse range of wine styles and varieties, as follows:
Best Red Wine on Show
1st place: Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus 2009 (Bordeaux style blend)
Runner up: De Toren Fusion V 2010 (Bordeaux style blend)
The other eight wines making the top ten best red wine listings are (in alphabetical order according to producer): Beyerskloof Diesel Pinotage 2009, Café Culture Coffee Pinotage 2011, Diemersfontein Pinotage 2012, Morgenster 2009, Raka Quinary 2008, Rupert & Rothschild Classique 2010, Vrede en Lust Mocholate 2012 and Vrede en Lust Syrah 2009.
Best White Wine on Show (includes rosés and sparkling wines)
1st place: Lynx Viognier 2012
Runner up: Vrede en Lust Barrique 2011 (Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend)
The other eight wines making the top ten best white wine listings are (in alphabetical order according to producer): Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010, Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2012, Raka Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Robertson Winery Sparkling Sweet Wine NV, Vrede en Lust Casey’s Ridge Viognier 2011, Vrede en Lust Jess Dry Rosé 2012 and Vrede en Lust Casey’s Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2011.
‘This year’s results show that some of the country’s most successful winemakers were also very proficient at understanding the digital technology to drive consumer interest in their products,’ comments RMB WineX director Michael Fridjohn. ‘The diversity of the results also reveals the breadth of the show’s appeal among Gauteng wine consumers.’
Shop@Show, facilitated by Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows offered a cost-effective, convenient and liquor-legislation compliant means of purchasing wines at the show. The repeat of 2011’s Great Deals campaign – supported this year by more than 20 per cent of exhibitors offering additional discounts on selected wines – contributed to just short of R3.1m in wine sales generated over the three day show. Raka was the top selling exhibitor by both volume and value.
WineX is a supporter of several charities and conservation projects, including RAGE (Rhino Action Group Effect), WWF’s Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, Rotary Club of Benoni, and the Pebble Project.