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 on 6 October at the CTICC in Cape Town.

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The award went 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 cellar master Frans Smit and his team from Spier.

South Africa’s largest producer wholesaler, Distell, walked away with the laurels as the top achiever, like last year, with seven Double Gold and 18 Gold medals. Spier, in second place, was followed by Kleine Zalze with four Double Gold and four Gold medals,  KWV (three Double Gold and seven Gold) and Diemersdal Estate (three Double Gold and four Gold), respectively fourth and fifth.

In the fortified wine category, Nuy led the medal tally with one Double Gold and ten Gold medals. Boplaas was second with one Double Gold and three Gold awards, with Calitzdorp Cellar and De Krans jointly third with one Double Gold and two Gold awards each. KWV with one Double Gold and one Gold award finished in fifth place.

Distell also triumphed in the brandy category with six Double Gold and two Gold medals. KWV was awarded three Double Gold and three Gold medals.

The Best Performer by Entry title went to Neil Ellis Wines in the category for ten wines or less, while Distell also triumphed in the class for more than ten wines.

Four wine industry luminaries – Walter Finlayson, Nicky Krone, Giel Swiegers and Hugo van der Merwe – received the Living Legends scroll of honour in recognition of their invaluable contribution to the South African wine and brandy industries.

The Veritas gala dinner, held at the CTICC was sponsored by Agri-Expo and SA Litho with celebrity chefs Pete Goffe-Wood and George Jardine adding their culinary flair to the feast prepared by Roberto de Carvalho, executive Chef of the CTICC. –Press release

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