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 seven experts judging 10 wines at a time. Thereafter entries are 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/brandy scores 18 or more out of 20. Gold is awarded when a wine/brandy notches-up 17 points, a silver sticker will go on a bottle of wine/brandy if the wine scored 16 points, while bronze medals go to wines/brandies that scored 15 points. The integrity of Veritas’ judges is undisputable and the whole judging process is audited through independent auditors.

2016

Dry White (1) Dry White(2) Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay NLH, SLH, Natural Sweet White
Pieter Carstens
Lorraine Geldenhuys
Danie Marais
Jacques Bruwer
Maryna Strachen
Ashley September
Hermias Hugo
Christo Pienaar
Alwyn maass
Bussel Retief
Tania Kleintjes
Marius Malan
JD Rossouw
Kobus vd Merwe
Lizelle Gerber
Zakkie Bester/Willie Biggs
Jacques Erasmus
Deon Boshoff
Junel Vermeulen
Johan Linde
Theunis Botha
Kobus Gerber
Nicolaas Rust
Jeanne-Marié de Villiers
RJ Botha
Bennie Avenant
Tom Blok
Erika Obermeyer
Izéle van Blerk
Samarie Smit
Van Heerden Anné/Johann de Wet
Stephan Joubert
Elmarie Botes
Nina-Mari Bruwer
Thomas Luber (Germany)
Brad Gold
Colin Frith
Brenda Thiart
Rianco van Rooyen
Jan van Rooyen
Leon Coetzee
Dave March
Dry Red Bordeaux Blend Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Pinotage Shiraz Other Red Cultivars
Tinnie Momberg
Susan Erasmus
Elsa Carstens
Miquel Chan
Samantha De Morney-Hughes
Kris Snyman
Hattingh de Villiers
Johann Fourie
Mark Norrish
Nkulu Mkhwanazi
Richard Duckitt
Gerhard Swart
Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
Joe Wadsack (UK)
Danielle le Roux
Martin Moore
Charl Myburgh
Alex McFarlane
Miquel Chan
Johnnie Calitz
Catherine Dillon
Johan Jordaan
Bertho vd Westhuyzen
Warren Ellis
Louis Strydom
Norman McFarlane
Narina Cloete
Janake Johansson (Sweden)
Etienne Louw
Abrie Beeslaar
Ricardo Cloete
De Bruyn Steenkamp
Andre van Dyk
Bennie Wannenburg
Guido Francque (Belgium)
Elzette du Preez
Edmund Terblanche
Kobie Viljoen
Reenen Borman
Andy Roediger
Sandra Lotz
Johan Delport
Colin Frith
Christine Rudman
Linley Schultz
Riaan Moller
Francois Bezuidenhout
Mario Damon
Janno Briers-Louw
Pinot Noir Port Desert Wine Sparkling Wine Museum Brandy
Elsie Pells
Wade Sanders
Brad Gold
Clive Torr
Emul Ross
Francois van Zyl
Swarts Anton
Christine Rudman
Colin Frith
Elsie Pells
Raymond Noppé
Meryl Weaver
Fanie Geyser
Hans Losch
Henri Swiegers
Nico Grundling
André Scriven
Cerina van Niekerk
David Biggs
Melissa Rhode
Gert van Deventer
Jeff Grier
Heidi Duminy
Elunda Basson
Heinrich Kulsen
Philip Jonker
Melanie vd Merwe
Joe Wadsack (UK)
Duimpie Bayly
Bennie Howard
Charles Hopkins
Irina von Holdt
Francois Naude
Janake Johansson (Sweden)
Guido Francque (Belgium)
Winnie Bowman
Denis Lahouratate (France)
Derek Ramsden
Andy Roediger
Mary-Lou Nash
Raymond Noppe
Nina-Mari Bruwer
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