The Veritas Awards 2019 Vertex Winner Domains Des Dieux 2019
Christo Pienaar (Veritas) Megan Mulliss (Domaine Des Dieux), Nino Cadette (Berthemieu Ermitage – France) Premier Alan Winde, Shane Mullis (Domaine Des Dieux)
The Veritas Awards 2019 Ceremony took place at The Cape Town International Convention Centre on 11th October.
The Veritas Vertex Award for the overall champion wine from among a record number of 1 491 entries for the Veritas Awards this year, was won by Domaine Des Dieux Chardonnay 2015 from Hemel and Aarde Ridge, Hermanus. This trophy was awarded for the first time in 2017.
Back row left to right: Bennie Liebenberg, Frans Smit, Heidi Dietstein, Anthony Kock, Patrick Kraukamp, Christo Pienaar (chairman Veritas). Front: Tania Kleintjes, Suzanne Kraukamp, Jacques Erasmus, Seraline Leibrand, Lizanne Jordaan
The Veritas Vertex Award derives its name from the Latin vertex, translated at ‘highest point, the perfect crown for the top scoring wine. Spier Wines clinched the most medals with a staggering nine Double Gold and seven Gold, followed Simonsig Estate (four Double Gold and three gold), Nederburg (three Double Gold and six Gold), and Perdeberg Cellar (two Double Gold). A record number of 29 wineries each received one Double Gold award and several Gold medals.
In the fortified wine category, KWV triumphed with five Double Gold medals. Close second was Nuy Cellar with four Double Gold and six Gold, while De Krans, Du Toitskloof Wines, Orange River Cellars and Slanghoek Wine Cellar each won two Double Golds.
Distell triumphed in the brandy category with four Double Gold and four Gold medals. KWV was second with two Double Gold medals.
The Best Achiever in the class for ten wines or less, was Orange River Cellars, while Spier Wines also won the class for more than ten wines entered.
“We also have pleasure to introduce a new tier in the awards line-up from this year. To be in line with most international competitions, our points scoring system has been adjusted to include a Silver Outstanding class for wines that scored 86 – 89 on the 100 point scale. A Silver Outstanding bottle sticker will be available too. We believe that this new approach will add value for both the participant and the wine,” Pienaar said.
Full results can be found on www.veritas.co.za
Five foremost judges from around the globe were in action at Veritas 2019, namely Christine Austin and Joe Wadsack (both from the UK), Tersina Shieh (Hong Kong), Michael Franz (USA) and Jo Wessels (Germany).
The entire judging process is audited by LDP auditors.
Great news for consumers
The fruitful collaboration between Veritas and Checkers over the past 15 years, received a further boost with the announcement during the Veritas Awards gala dinner that some Veritas Double Gold and Gold medal winners will in future be exhibited in special divisions of a handful of selected Checkers stores, for easy identification by consumers.
Wine lovers have the opportunity to taste the top achiever Double Gold and Gold medal winning wines and brandies at countrywide tastings sponsored by Deloitte. The Veritas showcase tastings are presented in Cape Town (25 October), Johannesburg (29 October), Durban (6 November) and Port Elizabeth (13 November). Tickets are available from Computicket.
For more information visit http://www.veritas.co.za