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Veritas Awards 2010

The authoritative Veritas Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is recognized as South Africa’s most highly esteemed indicator of quality in market ready wines.

Check out the double gold award winners  

Spier Wines excelled at the 20th Veritas Awards for the second consecutive year with five double gold and two gold medals. Out of 1 733 entries only 64 supreme wines and brandies can now wear the coveted double gold symbol of top quality. The awards were announced last night (Friday 8 October) during a gala evening, sponsored by Agri-Expo, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Other double gold and gold top achievers are Nederburg (3 double gold, 4 gold), Simonsig (3 double gold, 2 gold), Anura (3 double gold, 1 gold) and Kleine Zalze (3 double gold, 1 gold). Badsberg, Boplaas, De Grendel, De Krans, Fleur du Cap, Lomond and Saronsberg also shone with two double gold medals each

 
 
12 October 2010  by Veritas Awards
 
Spier Wines excelled at the 20th Veritas Awards for the second consecutive year with five double gold and two gold medals.
 
Out of 1,733 entries only 64 supreme wines and brandies can now wear the coveted double gold symbol of top quality. The awards were announced Friday night (8 October) during a gala evening, sponsored by Agri-Expo, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).Other double gold and gold top achievers are Nederburg (3 double gold, 4 gold), Simonsig (3 double gold, 2 gold), Anura (3 double gold, 1 gold) and Kleine Zalze (3 double gold, 1 gold). Badsberg, Boplaas, De Grendel, De Krans, Fleur du Cap, Lomond and Saronsberg also shone with two double gold medals each.For the first time since Veritas’s inception twenty years ago, brandy now forms part of this proud tradition of wine judging. Van Ryn, creator of excellent brandies since 1845, collected 2 double gold and 2 gold medals from amongst the total of 40 brandy entries.

The medal distribution is as follows: 64 (3.7%) double gold, 130 (7.5%) gold, 509 (29.4%) silver and 673 (38.8%) bronze.

THE WINNING WINES AND BRANDIES

The wine makers of Spier, outside Stellenbosch, proved once again that they have mastered the art of creating a variety of quality wines by clinching double gold medals for the 2008 Spier Creative Block 3, 2007 Spier Creative Block 5, 2007 Spier Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Spier Private Collection Chardonnay and the 2009 Spier Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc. Their 2010 Spier Creative Block 2 and the 2008 Spier Private Collection Shiraz acquired gold status.

Nederburg stole the limelight with their wines and brandies. They earned double gold for the 1977 Nederburg Edelkeur, 2003 Nederburg Private Bin D266 Sémillon and 2008 Nederburg Private Bin Eminence. Gold was awarded to the 2010 Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Nederburg Private Bin D252 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon, 2009 Nederburg Private Bin Eminence as well as their Nederburg Solera Brandy.

Simonsig put in a sterling performance with three double gold awards for the 2005 Simonsig Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs MCC, 2006 Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel MCC and 2008 Simonsig The SMV Shiraz/Mourvedre/Viognier. Gold Veritas symbols will grace the 2010 Simonsig Chenin Blanc and 2008 Simonsig Pinotage Redhill.

Anura impressed the judges with their 2006 Anura Merlot Reserve, 2008 Anura Pinotage Reserve and 2010 Anura Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Unfiltered and were honoured with a trio of double gold medals. The 2007 Anura Petit Verdot Limited Release won a gold medal.

Kleine Zalze boasts double gold for their exceptional 2009 Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie, 2008 Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz and 2009 Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz/Mourvedre/Viognier.Their 2005 Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie was crowned with a gold medal.

This year’s top brandy achiever is Van Ryn with two double gold medals for their potstill brandy, namely the 12 Year Old Distillers Reserve and 20 Year Old Collectors Reserve. They also scooped two gold awards for the Van Ryn’s 10 Year Old Vintage and the 15 Year Old Fine Cask Reserve.

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