Two tastings of Veritas Double Gold winning wines are to be held in London and Hong Kong again this year after an absence of three years due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The wines on display will be the Vertex Wine of the Show winners – now called the Duimpie Bayly Vertex Trophy Winner – of 2019, 2020 and 2021 and a selection of Double Gold winners from these three years.
The tastings are aimed at showcasing the international standard of these winners, as well as a selection of Double Gold brandies, but the top awarded fortified and museum class wines will not be featured.
The first tasting will be held in London on Tuesday 12 July 2022, hosted by BBC TV personality Joe Wadsack, also a regular judge at Veritas. It will be held at the iconic White Horse Pub in Parsons Green, Fulham, in London. Wadsack will be joined by Megan Parnell Owner /Winemaker of Domaine Des Dieux, Izele van Blerk, senior winemaker of KWV and Johan Jordaan, cellarmaster of Spier wines, the three winners of the Duimpie Bayly Vertex trophy of the past three years.
They will be showcasing the Domaine Des Dieux Chardonnay 2015, KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2018 (Bordeaux blend) and the 2018 Spier Creative Block 5 – also a Bordeaux blend amongst a selection of more than 60 Double Gold wines from the three years.
Prominent wine writers, wine judges, members of the trade and other dignitaries will attend the tasting that takes place during the day. Joe Wadsack currently co-hosts the British TV series BBC Food & Drink and is the wine expert on This Morning on ITV1 with two other wine enthusiasts. Renowned for his brilliant palate, Joe studied wine in Bordeaux before working as a buyer at Waitrose. He is now a consultant and public speaker and regularly judges at wine competitions around the globe, including in South Africa, the UK, Australia, and Chile.
Joe is delighted to host this tasting and says: “I am so excited to host this tasting of selected Veritas Double Gold wines and all three Vertex winners in London. It is three years since we could show case these amazing wines from South Africa since the Covid pandemic, and it will be a day of celebration”
The London tasting will be attended by the wine makers of the three Vertex winning wines, thanks to a partnership between Veritas and Vinventions SA, a global leader in complete wine closure solutions, since the first tasting 2019. Says MD Johan Conradie: “It is a proud moment for Vinventions to assist Veritas to show case our excellent wines in London after such a long absence”
The second tasting will take place later in the year in Hong Kong, where one of the regular international judges of Veritas, Tersina Shieh, will preside over the event.
The Veritas Awards has earned the status as South Africa’s most authoritative competition for market-ready wines and brandies, while being the oldest and most prominent contest of its kind in this country. “By presenting these tastings internationally, the Veritas Award winners are taken to the next level of excellence, building the image of South Africa’s quality wines overseas,” says chairperson Christo Pienaar.
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