Judging

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, distillers, 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. International judges with vast experience in judging are invited to join the panels and to share their knowledge to award the best wines and brandies. Wines and brandies are tasted blind by panels that consist of five experts judging 10 wines at a time. Scores are awarded according to the international 100-point scale, without discussion. A Double Gold medal is awarded through a consensus decision by the panel if the wine/brandy scores 90 or more out of 100. Gold is awarded when a wine/brandy notches-up 86 to 89,9 points, a silver sticker will go on a bottle of wine/brandy if the wine scored 80 yo 85,9 points, while bronze medals go to wines/brandies that scored 75 to 79,9 points. The integrity of Veritas’ judges is undisputable and the whole judging process is audited through independent auditors.

2017

Dry White (1) Dry White(2) Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay NLH, SLH, Natural Sweet White
Pieter Carstens
Lorraine Geldenhuys
Danie Marais
Anton Swarts
Hermias Hugo
Christo Pienaar
Alwyn Maass
Bussel Retief
Tania Kleintjes/Paula Bosch(Germany)
Karin Visser
Lizelle Gerber
Jacques Erasmus
Pieter-Niel Rossouw
Junel Vermeulen
Michael Franz (US)
Kobus Gerber
Thys Louw
Tom Blok
Nicolaas Rust
Nikita Nordstrom (Sweden)
Izéle van Blerk
Samarie Smit
Johann de Wet
Nina-Mari Bruwer
Frans Smit
Brad Gold
Brenda Thiart
Rianco van Rooyen
Dave March
Leon Coetzee
Dry Red Bordeaux Blend Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Shiraz Other Red Cultivars
Tinnie Momberg
Susan Erasmus
Ivan Oertle
Norman McFarlane
Hattingh de Villiers
Johann Fourie
Wilhelm Pienaar
Mark Norrish
Lizette Tolken
Paula Bosch (Germany)
Yvonne Lester
Danielle le Roux
Johnnie Calitz
Kris Snyman
Danie Steytler
Bertho vd Westhuyzen
Johan Jordaan
Louis Strydom
Janno Briers-Louw
Joe Wadsack (UK)
Etienne Louw
Debbie Thomson
Abrie Beeslaar
Danielle le Roux
Joe Wadsack (UK)
Elzette du Preez
Nico Vermeulen
Kobie Viljoen
Andy Roediger
Ricardo Cloete
Charles Hopkins
Brendan Butler
Heidi Kritzinger
Mario Damon
Nikita Nordstrom (Sweden)
Pinot Noir Port Desert Wine Sparkling Wine Museum Brandy
Emul Ross
Anton Swarts
Clive Torr
Mari-Lou Nash
Chris Albrecht
Christine Rudman
Colin Frith
Raymond Noppé
Karl lambour
Winnie Bowman
Henri Swiegers
Nico Grundling
Cerina van Niekerk
David Biggs
Christine Rudman
Jeff Grier
Pieter Ferreira
Heidi Duminy
Heinrich Kulsen
Michael Franz (US)
Bennie Howard
Duimpie Bayly
Colin Frith
Paula Bosch (Germany)
Michael Franz (US)
Winnie Bowman
Denis Lahouratate (France)
Jean-Francois Jourmier (France)
Nina-Mari Bruwer
Raymond Noppe
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