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 three 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 93 or more out of 100. Gold is awarded when a wine/brandy notches-up 90 to 92,9 points, a silver outstanding sticker will go on a bottle of wine/brandy if the wine scored 86 to 89,9 points,  a silver sticker will go on a bottle of wine/brandy if the wine scored 80 to 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

2021

ChardonnayChenin BlancDry White Wine
Panel 1
Dry White Wine
Panel 2
Sauvignon BlancCap Classique 
& Sparkling Wine
Izéle van Blerk
Johann de Wet
Frans Smit
Jacques Erasmus
Albertus Louw
Pieter-Niel Rossouw
Hermias Hugo
Bussell Retief
JD Rossouw
Christo Pienaar
Tom Blok
Tertius Jonck
RJ Botha
Matthew Day
Kobus Gerber
Elunda Basson
Heidi Duminy
Pierre de Klerk
Bordeaux BlendsCabernet SauvignonDry Red BlendsMerlotOther Red Varietals
Panel 1
Other Red Varietals
Panel 2
Pinotage &
Cape Blends
Susan Erasmus
Wilhelm Pienaar
Wim Truter
Morné Vrey
Berho vd Westhuizen
Johan Jordaan
Klaas Stofberg
Tinnie Momberg
Hattingh de Villiers
Johnnie Calitz
Danielle le Roux
Francois van Zyl
Johann Fourie
Gerhard Swart
Lisha de Villiers
Charles Hopkins
Renier van Deventer
Ricardo Ivan Cloete
De Wet Viljoen
Andries Blake
Francois van Niekerk

 

ShirazPort Style & 
Sweet wines
Dessert WinesMuseum ClassBrandyVertex Award Panel
Edmund Terblanche
Riaan Moller
Leon Dippenaar
Raymond Noppé
Louis van der Riet
Anton Swarts
Henri Swiegers
Melissa Rhode
Nico Grundling
Bennie Howard
Hein Koegelenberg
Cathy van Zyl
Winnie Bowman
Nina-Marit Briwer
Lizette Tolken
Cathy van Zyl
Richard Kershaw
Raymond Noppé
André van Rensburg
Bennie Howard
Christo Pienaar
De Wet Viljoen
Samarie Smith-Meletiou
Rudger van Wyk
Heidi Kritzinger
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