Thursday, November 07, 2019

Tasting the Veritas Award winning wines at the CTICC

We love going to the Veritas public tasting of the top winning wines, held again at the Ballroom at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. It gives one a chance to taste such good wines and some very special aged museum class wines from KWV
Douglas Swanson and Righard Theron on the De Grendel stand
They were showing their impressive Double Gold 2018 Op die Berg Chardonnay and the superb 2015 Rubaiyat red blend
Graham Beck won a Double Gold for the elegant Cuvée Clive MCC
Willem du Toit, Operations Manager at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, and Bennie Howard CWM, chatting over a glass
Henk van Niekerk showing his award winning Paul René MCCs from Robertson
Winemaker Debbie Thompson pouring the excellent Simonsig, 2015 Avec Chène Chenin blanc (Double Gold)
They also won Double Golds for their 2014 Tiara red blend and for the 2017 and 2014 Redhill Pinotage. So well done
So much to taste, so little time
At 7 pm, KWV opened four special museum class wines:
a 1930 KWV Muscadel, a 1948 Tawny Port Limited Release, a 1949 Ruby Port, a 1969 Hanepoot Jerepigo
Competition to taste them was huge, getting to the table quite difficult, but it was so worth it
You were given a very small pouring to taste, enough to share with some of the wine people trapped behind their stands
The 1930 KWV Muscatel was smoky and spicy on the nose, light Gold in colour,
sweet and heavy with spice and a sour fig ending, so intense that it was hard to rinse out of the glass
The 1948 Port was dark raisin plums with smooth chocolate on the end and still tasted young
The 1949 Port was ruby garnet in colour, richer and darker than the '48, more Christmas pudding fruit,
with long flavours and coffee wood
Francois van Zyl of Laibach shows The Ladybird organic red blend (Gold)
L'Avenir was awarded Gold for their 2016 Pinotage, always a good example of what the grape can do
Gretha Geldenhuys of Fleur du Cap with their three Gold Medal winning wines:
Laszlo Red Blend 2015, Series Privée Pinotage 2016 and Series Privée Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Georgie Prout, Marketing & Public Relations Manager at Glen Carlou
They won Golds for their Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Collection Verdelho 2018, Collection Red Blend 2017
and Collection Petit Sirah 2017
Johan Bestbier of Goede Hoop wine estate in Bottelary. They were awarded a Gold for their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bennie Howard calls a halt to a great evening of tasting excellent wines and lots of chats with wine people
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