This year's entries were evaluated over a period of four days by 13 panels of seven judges each. Local experts were joined by five international adjudicators – UK Master of Wine Lynne Sherriff, Peter May (United Kingdom), Ton Kolsteeg (The Netherlands), Janake Johansson (Sweden) and Dave Hughes (South Africa).
I was on the Pinotage panel chaired by Francois Naude (winemaker) with Gert Boerssen (manager/winemaker), Henry Kotze (winemaker), Heidi Kritzinger(winery marketing manager), Chris Roux (winemaker) and Fred Viljoen (owner/winemaker). We tasted 153 Pinotages, almost all of which were good drinking, but we were very selective and awarded only three Double Golds and five Golds, as follows.
- DG Boland Pinotage 2002
- DG Nitida Pinotage 2003
- DG Wamakersvallei La Cave Pinotage 2003
- G Hill & Dale Pinotage 2003
- G L'Avenir Pinotage 2003
- G Raka Pinotage 2003
- G Stellenzicht Golden Triangle Pinotage 2002
- G Tecoma Pinotage Unfiltered 2002
There were 41 silver and 71 Bronze awards. The full list of all Veritas awards can be seen at www.veritas.co.za
Koelenhof Pinotage Rosé 2004 won a Gold in the Rosé category
Note that the DG winning Boland wine is a special 'winemakers selection' available only at the winery at 60R, not the ordinary Boland Pinotage at 27R.