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Judging

The judging system for Veritas has been described as one of the most thorough in the industry.  Judging panels are representative of the entire wine industry and include winemakers, researchers, academics and merchants and are compiled in collaboration with the relevant cultivar work groups.

All the judges are required to have a wine judging certificate from the University of Stellenbosch, a Cape Wine Masters Diploma or a similar accreditation.

Wines are tasted blind by panels that consist of seven experts judging ten wines at a time.  The wines are then thoroughly discussed and scores are awarded according to the international 20-point scale, with discussion and consensus.

A double gold medal is awarded through a consensus decision by the panel if the wine scores 18 or more out of 20.  Gold is awarded when a wine notches-up 17 points, a silver sticker will go on a bottle of wine if the wine scored 16 points, while bronze medals go to wines that scored 15 points.

The integrity of Veritas’ judges is undisputable and the whole judging process is audited through independent auditors.

Dry White

  • Danie Marais
  • Jacques Bruwer
  • Pieter Carstens
  • Diaan de Villiers
  • Elzette du Preez
  • Alwyn Maass
  • Christo Pienaar

Chenin Blanc

  • Lizelle Gerber
  • Frank Meaker
  • Jacques Erasmus
  • Phillip Jordaan
  • Albertus Louw
  • Pieter Badenhorst
  • Renier van Greunen

Sauvignon Blanc

  • Thys Louw
  • RJ Botha
  • Bennie Avenant
  • Kobus Gerber
  • Johan Larsson
  • Nicolaas Rust
  • Samarie Smit

Chardonnay

  • Frans Smit
  • Stephan Joubert
  • Johan Linde
  • Ivan Oertle
  • Izelle van Blerk
  • Eugene van Zyl
  • WS Visagie

NLH, SLH, Natural Sweet White

  • Colin Frith
  • Kobus Gerber
  • Brad Gold
  • Altus le Roux
  • Thomas Luber (Germany)
  • Danie Morkel
  • Brenda Thiart

Dry Red

  • Susan Erasmus
  • Elsa Carstens
  • Hennie Huskisson
  • Tinnie Momberg
  • Mark Norrish
  • Erik Shlunz
  • Bernard Smuts

Merlot

  • Johan Jordaan
  • Luca Bein
  • Miquel Chan
  • Chris de Klerk
  • Elona Hesseling
  • Danielle le Roux
  • Pierre Marais

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Coenie Snyman
  • Neil Bester
  • Mimi Avery
  • Corlea Fourie
  • Thinus Kruger
  • Klaas Stofberg
  • Johan Weideman

Pinotage

  • Andries Blake
  • Abrie Beeslaar
  • Len Knoetze
  • Etienne Louw
  • Thomas Luber (Germany)
  • Debbie Thompson
  • Andre van Dyk

Shiraz

  • Dewaldt Heyns
  • Jacques Bormann
  • Frank Smulders
  • Rianie Strydom
  • Edmund Terblanche
  • Nico Vermeulen
  • Rudi von Waltsleben

Other Red Cultivars Cabernet Franc
and Pinot Noir Included

  • Dave Hughes
  • Johann Fourie
  • Bertus Fourie
  • Colin Frith
  • Jaco Potgieter
  • Linley Schultz
  • Gerhard Swart

Port

  • Dave Hughes
  • Alwyn Burger
  • Colin Frith
  • Boets Nel
  • Carel Nel
  • Raumopnd Noppé
  • Christine Rudman

FORTIFIED WINES

  • Nico Grundling
  • David Biggs
  • Marilyn Cooper
  • Lolly Lourens
  • Andre Scriven
  • Henry Swiegers
  • Gert van Deventer

MCC

  • Jeff Grier
  • Jacques Bruwer
  • Mimi Avery (UK)
  • Christiaan Coetzee
  • Phillip Jonker
  • John Loubser
  • Heidi Rosenthal Duminy

Brandy

  • Dave Hughes
  • Andy Roediger
  • Pieter de Bod
  • Raymond Noppé
  • Brink Liebenberg
  • Derek Ramsden
  • Denis Lahouratate (France)

 

MUSEUM CLASS

  • Duimpie Bayly
  • Bennie Howard
  • Charles Hopkins
  • Johan Larsson
  • Frank Smulders
  • Rianie Strydom
  • Irina von Holdt

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Dates to Diarise

  • Closing date for entries
    20 August 2014
  • Start of Judging
    15 - 19 September 2014
  • Awards Ceremony
    4 October 2014