Firstly, a huge thanks to all of you who came out on a chilly evening to support us! It certainly looked like everyone had a really good time, despite the weather.

Before I get into the results, I’d like to thank Geoff for selecting & presenting the wines, and Ian & Claire for braving the cold to cook up a bunch of delicious burgers for us! ‘Twas much appreciated!

Now for the results:

Best Novice went to a VATS taster, Angela Chatfield, with 38 points out of a possible 80 – Well done! Our best novice was Ashley Cage who scored 37, only one point behind – Well done Ashley!

Christopher Cosgrove took the Best Taster of the evening with 57/80, a really good score. Chris got 6 of the 8 varietals correct, no mean feat considering what Geoff threw at us. It is also the 3rd time Chris has won Best Taster – In the history of the competition no one else has ever managed that!

And now for the winning club … … VATS won, with 381 points to our 371, possibly the closest finish in the history of the event. WELL DONE VATS!

Our Top 10 Tasters were:

57 – Christopher Cosgrove
49 – Ian Grant (a remarkable comeback from last year, and joint 3rd overall!)
40 – Jeanette
39 – Cheryl Jennings
37 – Ashley Cage (novice)
31 – Duane Blaauw
30 – Edward
30 – Terry
29 – Petra
29 – Yolanda

Wines tasted were:

Chardonnay, 2003 – Zondernaam (Tokara)
Sauvignon Blanc (Blanc Fume), 2003 – Villiera Blanc Fume
Chenin Blanc, 2005 – Teddy Hall Chenin Blanc
Semillon, 2004 – Fairview Oom Pagel
Merlot, 2004 – Groote Post
Cabernet, 2000 – Mooiplaas
Cabernet, 2004 – Laibach
Shiraz, 2004 – Babylon’s Peak

Thanks to everyone who helped arrange the event, and thanks to Sarah & Chris who both did a lot of work preparing us for the tasting!

And, finally, a message to VATS: “We’ll be baaaaack!”

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