2010 Veritas Awards – Nederburg Wines Score Big
Nederburg Wines was awarded 43 medals, including three double golds and four golds, at the 2010 Veritas Awards, claiming second place overall for the second consecutive year. Spier Wines walked off with first place.
The Veritas Double Gold medals were awarded to:
- the 1977 Edelkeur,
- the 2003 Private Bin D266 Sémillon, and
- the 2008 Private Bin Eminence (which also received a silver medal at the recent 2010 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London)
Veritas Gold medals were awarded to:
- the 2010 Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc,
- the 2009 Private Bin D252 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon, and
- the 2009 Private Bin Eminence (which also won gold at the 2010 Muscats du Monde in France, and the 2010 Michelangelo International Wine Awards, where it walked away with a Grand d’Or medal.)
Nederburg Solera Potstill Brandy was also awarded a gold medal. Brandy was invited to join the proud Veritas tradition along with the almost 1,700 wines entered by about 300 producers into this years awards.
Silver medals were awarded to 21 of Nederburg’s wines, including the 2009 vintage of its innovative eight-way white blend, aptly named Ingenuity. The 2008 vintage of this wine was rated five stars in the 2010 edition of the Platter South African Wine Guide, while its predecessor featured as a five-star wine in the 2009 guide.
Nederburgs’ 2009 Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest, which recently won a trophy at the 2010 IWC in London and rated as WINE magazine’s best noble late harvest wine, earning four-and-a-half of a possible five stars in the July issue of the publication, also won silver.
Other silver medal winners were the 2009 Winemaster’s Reserve Chenin Blanc, the 2010 Winemaster’s Reserve Special Late Harvest, the 2008 Manor House Shiraz, the 2008 Winemaster’s Reserve Pinotage and the 2008 and 2009 vintages of its Winemaster’s Reserve Shiraz. The balance of the silver medals were claimed by 13 of the winery’s Private Bin wines, sold exclusively on the annual Nederburg Auction.
Nederburg’s cellarmaster Razvan Macici said “I am delighted with the accolades earned across the Nederburg range. I regard the annual Veritas Awards as a good indication of the current state of our wines, highlighting the areas where we do exceptionally well and also the areas where we need to improve. I would like to thank the members of our team, from those working in the vineyards to those honing their craft in the cellar, for their hard work and dedication.”
Veritas, the “Oscars” of wine competitions, celebrates two decades as South Africa’s leading and most respected competition for quality market-ready wines this year. The panel of local and international judges at Veritas follows strict international guidelines and all tastings are done “blind”. Individual judges allocate points on a 20-point scale where after the marks are discussed and consensus reached.
A double gold medal is awarded to a wine or brandy that scores 18 or more points out of 20, while a score of 17 points will ensure a wine or brandy a gold medal. Silver implies a score of 16 points and bronze a score of 15 points.
The full list of 2010 Veritas Awards can be found on the Veritas Awards site here: http://www.veritas.co.za/. Cheers!