The new Veritas Vertex Award for the overall champion wine from 1 638 entries for the Veritas Awards 2017, stole the show among a record number of medals at the gala dinner last night (Friday 6 October) at the CTICC in Cape Town.
It was awarded to Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015, a wooded wine, and added to the remarkable achievement of Spier Wines by winning six Double Gold and nine Gold medals as second best performer overall at the event.
The Veritas Vertex award for the top wine of the competition takes its name from the Latin vertex, which means “highest point” and it fits perfectly into the Veritas Awards notion of being the pinnacle of all the medals awarded. A handmade glass trophy, specially designed for the Vertex award winning wine, was presented to cellarmaster Frans Smit and his team from Spier.
Double Gold winners
A total of 71 Double Gold and 193 Gold medals were awarded.
Distell led with seven Double Golds for Alto Rouge 2015, Alto Shiraz 2015, Desiderius MCC 2009, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016, Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur NLH 2003, Nederburg Private Bin Eminence NLH Muscadel 2001 and Uitkyk Carlonet Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.
Spier took six Double Gold medals for Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015, Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016, Spier Ideology Chenin Blanc 2016, Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2017, Spier 21 Gables Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Spier Creative Block 3 Shiraz/Mourvèdre/Viognier 2012.
Kleine Zalze scooped Double Gold medals for Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015, Kleine Zalze Family Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2016, Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.
KWV won Double Gold medals for KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2009, KWV The Mentors NLH 2012 and Laborie Blanc de Blancs MCC 2011.
Diemersdal excelled with Double Gold medals for Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2017, Diemersdal Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and Diemersdal Malbec 2015.
Neethlingshof Estate and Simonsig Estate each won two Double Gold medals and six and five Gold respectively.
In addition, altogether 32 producers won one Double Gold each.
A total of seven Double Gold and 30 Gold medals were awarded to the best fortified wines. The top winning medallists were Nuy, Boplaas, Calitzdorp and De Krans, whose double Golds were for Nuy Red Muscadel 1991, Boplaas Heritage Collection Muscadel 2014, Calitzdorp Cellar Vintage Reserve 2016 and De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2014.
South Africa’s leading brandy producers garnered nine Double Gold and seven Gold medals. Distell scooped six Double Gold medals for Richelieu International Liqueur Brandy, Viceroy 5 Year Old Potstill Brandy, Richelieu 10 Year Old Vintage Brandy, Van Ryn’s 10 Year Old Vintage Brandy, Van Ryn’s 15 Year Old Fine Cask Reserve Single Potstill Brandy and Van Ryn’s 20 Year Collectors Reserve Single Potstill Brandy. KWV was awarded Double Gold for the KWV 12 Year Potstill Barrel Select Brandy, KWV 15 Year Alambic Potstill Brandy and KWV 20 Year Old Potstill Brandy.
Taste the winners
Wine lovers have the opportunity to sample the top-performing Double Gold and Gold medal winning wines and brandies at countrywide tastings sponsored by Deloitte. The Veritas showcase tastings will take place in Cape Town (18 October), Johannesburg (24 October), Durban (9 November) and Port Elizabeth (15 November). Tickets are available from Computicket.
For more information, visit www.veritas.co.za, contact the Veritas office on tel 021 863 1599 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.