SA brandy shines at Veritas
South Africa, Cape Town, 10 October 2013: It was a glittering affair that saw the best of South African brandies showcased when the winners of the annual Veritas Awards were announced recently in Cape Town. Considered the “Oscars” of the wine and brandy industry, the competition once again cast the spotlight on the supreme craftsmanship of local brandy masters.
“We produce the world’s finest and we have the silverware to prove it,” says Christelle Reade-Jahn, director of the SA Brandy Foundation. “The world-leading quality of our products is underscored by the fact that our entire spectrum of brandies is consistently winning gold medals at international events.”
Traditionally an awards ceremony for local wines going back two decades, Veritas has included the brandy category since 2010, as a natural extension of wine. The best products are awarded double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals. All the hard work that goes into the process of producing the variety of quality Potstill and blended brandy in the country, across a variety of ages and price points, is recognised and rewarded in this blind tasting competition.
Potstill brandy wowed the judges, who awarded seven double gold medals this year to Van Ryn’s Collectors Reserve 20 Year Old, Fine Cask Reserve 15 Year Old and the Distillers Reserve 12 Year Old; Boplaas 15 Year Old Reserve; Flight of the Fish Eagle; Klipdrift Gold; and Oude Meester Reserve 12 Year Old.
Winners of double gold medals have achieved an incredible feat, producing brandy of the highest standard.
And the awards went to:
Gold: Klipdrift Export; Mellow-Wood 5 Year Old; Oude Meester VSOB and Richelieu International.
Silver: Commando; Klipdrift Premium; KWV 3 Year Old; KWV 5 Year Old; Mellow-Wood and Viceroy 5 Year Old.
Double Gold: Boplaas 15 Year Old Reserve; Flight of the Fish Eagle; Klipdrift Gold; Oude Meester Reserve 12 Year Old; Van Ryn’s Collectors Reserve 20 Year Old; Van Ryn’s Distillers Reserve 12 Year Old and Van Ryn’s Fine Cask Reserve 15 Year Old.
Gold: Collison’s White Gold; Imoya; Laborie Alambic; Nederburg Solera; Oude Meester Souverein 18 Year Old; Richelieu Vintage 10 Year Old and Van Ryn’s Vintage 10 Year Old.
Silver: Boplaas 8 Year Old Reserve; KWV 10 Year Old Vintage; KWV 15 Year Old Alambic; KWV 20 Year Old; Oude Meester Demant and Uitkyk 10 Year Old Grand Reserve Vintage Estate.
Bronze: Kingna Potstill and Tokara 5 Year Old Potstill.
The Veritas Awards are organised by the South African National Wine Show Association. Several international experts joined the panel of some 100 judges to lend weight to the process, chaired by wine and brandy expert Dave Hughes. Of the 1800 entries this year, 34 were brandy. The judging panel included Denis Lahouratate, cellar master at the French House of Bisquit Cognac and a brandy specialist.
Editors’ Notes: Veritas Award Winners from left to right: Riaan Bredell (Flight of the Fish Eagle), Margaux Nel (Boplaas), Marlene Bester (Van Ryn’s), Brink Liebenberg (Oude Meester), Christelle Reade-Jahn (SA Brandy Foundation) and Mare-Loe Prinsloo (Klipdrift)
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