Tasting 1 739 wines and brandies is no mean feat. From 5-12 September nine revered international wine judges, together with more than a 100 local wine gurus, sipped, tasted, contemplated, discussed and reached consensus during the official tasting of this year’s Veritas competition.
Judging of South African brandies took place at the Nederburg auction complex in Paarl on 12 September. The results will be announced at a gala banquet on October 8th at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Ever wondered how exactly a wine judge makes it onto one of the veritable Veritas judging panels? South African National Wine Show Association (SANWSA) chairman Duimpie Bayly reveals all: how the system works, how the panels operate, and how his organisation cope with intricacies behind the scenes.