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THE MEDALISTS

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THE MEDALISTS

The Veritas Awards, South Africa’s premier wine and brandy competition,

attracted 1 638 medal contenders this year.

An authoritative jury, comprising six international and 100 local specialists,

scrutinized candidates for Veritas fame during a marathon five-day blind

tasting session.

The six most fiercely-contested categories in terms of entries received,

were: Red Blends (228), Sauvignon Blanc (174), Shiraz (169), Cabernet

Sauvignon (139), Chardonnay (122) and Chenin Blanc (119). A total of

29 brandies were entered in three categories: Standard, Potstill and

Vintage.

In total, 1 472 medals were awarded – 71 double gold, 193 gold,

654 silver and 554 bronze.

Potstill Brandy was the top scorer in the

Double Gold

medal stakes with

8 awards, followed by Sauvignon Blanc and MCC with 5 awards each,

Chardonnay (wooded) (4), Chenin Blanc (wooded) (4), Cabernet

Sauvignon (4), Shiraz (4), Pinotage (3), Other Red Blends (3), Cape Ruby/

Tawny/Vintage (3) Museum White Wine (3), Chenin Blanc (2), White

Blend (wooded) (2), Cabernet Franc (2), White Muscadel (2), Museum

Noble Late Harvest (2), Museum Red Wine (2), Standard Brandy (1),

Natural Sweet White (1), NLH (1), Méthode Cap Classique Rose (1),

Bordeaux Style (1), Malbec (1) Merlot (1), Pinot Noir (1), Other Red

cultivars (1), Red and White (predominantly red) (1), Museum MCC (1),

Museum Dessert White (1), Museum Dessert Red (1).

In the

Gold

medal stakes, Cabernet Sauvignon (23) came out tops,

followed by ,Méthode Cap Classique (11), Chardonnay (wooded) (11),

Shiraz (11), Noble Late Harvest (11), Cape Ruby/Tawny/Vintage (10),

Sauvignon Blanc (9), Chenin Blanc (7), Red Muscadel (7), Potstill Brandy

(6), White Blend (wooded) (6), Museum Red Wine (6), Merlot (6),

Chenin Blanc (wooded) (5), Red Blends (5), Pinotage (5), Museum White

Wine (5), Bordeaux Style (5), Other Red Cultivars (5), White Muscadel

(4), Pinot Noir (4), Museum Noble Late Harvest (3), Museum Dessert

White (3), Cape Blends (3), Méthode Cap Classique Rosé (2), Museum

Dessert Red (2), White Blends (2), Chardonnay (2), Other Cultivars (2),

Dessert Wine (2), Cape Full Cream Dessert Wine (2), Standard Brandies

(1), Natural Sweet White, Blanc de Noir or Rosé (1), Malbec (1), Red

and White Blend (predominantly red colour) (1), Museum MCC (1),

Viognier (wooded) (1), Straw Wine (1) and Rose (1)

Full results are available online at

www.veritas.co.za

.