12 October 2015

Consistency of style and focus paid off big time for the KWV team who celebrated a truly finish great moment at the Veritas awards in Cape Town on Friday night, with KWV being crowned Producer of the Year* for fifth consecutive year. KWV garnered an impressive nine Double Gold medals – Six Double Gold medals and 9 Gold for its winning wines and 3 Double Gold medals and 1 Gold for KWV’s award winning brandies.  

Now in its 25th year, the Veritas Awards is the longest running and most prestigious wine/brandy competition in SA. 

“With a record 1,763 entries competing this year, our brandy and wine teams are truly proud to have taken home a total of 53 medals – 9  Double Gold, 10 Gold, 24 Silver and 10 Bronze at this year’s awards, ” says De Bruyn Steenkamp, Global Sales & Marketing Director KWV.

He adds: “We are incredibly proud of our excellent Wine & Brandy Teams for once again securing the Best Producer accolade at Veritas making us the first producer to win five times in a row. These teams are a shining example of passion, dedication & teamwork. We are ever more confident of our ability to produce exceptional quality products across our porftolio.” 

In the Brandy category, KWV won Double Gold Awards for its 10 year old, 12 year old Potstill brandies and for its 15 year Alambic Potstill brandy and won Gold for its KWV 20 year Potstill Brandy and Silver for its Imoya Brandy. 

“For our team, it’s not about winning an award, it is the recognition we get as a team for what we love and believe in and this comes naturally through our commitment to the KWV strategy of Proud Pioneers,” says KWV Master Distiller, Pieter de Bod. 

“Winning these awards is an exceptional achievement and seals an incredible year for our KWV spirits team at KWV and for our Potstill brandies, having won Best Brandy at the International Spirit Challenge (ISC), and Brandy/Cognac Producer of the Year at ISC, and Best Brandy at Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and now 3 Double Gold medals at Veritas.” 

KWV reaped 6 Double Golds for its award winning wines – for Abraham Perold Tributum 2013, KWV Classic Collection Cape Tawny Desert Wine, KWV The Mentors Chardonnay 2012, KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2011, KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and KWV The Mentors Semillon 2014. 

The nine Golds won were for KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2012, KWV Roodeberg Dr Charles Niehaus 2013, KWV The Mentors Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, KWV The Mentors Orchestra 2013, KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013 and Laborie Blanc de Blanc MCC 2010. In the Museum Fortified Wines category, KWV garnered gold for KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1975, and for KWV Limited Release Port 1948 and 1961.

“KWV’s wine wins including double golds across white, red and fortified wines for both single, varietal and blended wines is an amazing achievement,” says Johann Fourie, Chief Winemaker at KWV.

He continues: “To win best producer status five years in a row is a definitive demonstration of the consistency of styles and focus across a broad range of our wines. KWV is now delivering, year after year, levels of finesse, elegance and concentration that consumers in South Africa, and internationally, want.” 

“KWV’s success”, he adds, “is down to the hard work and attention to detail of the entire team, from the grape growers and viticulturists right through to the winemakers.”

“The consistency of awards across the KWV portfolio points to the strength of our fruit sourcing and winemaking capabilities,” he adds. “These awards affirm that KWV is moving in the right direction in terms of its constant evolution of wine style and quality.”

Fourie notes that whilst the rate of stylistic evolution and overall improvement amongst South African producers has been marked, “The rate of KWV’s wine style evolution in SA over the last ten years has been especially rapid, some would even say revolutionary. The focus for the wine making team has been on techniques that promote vibrancy, freshness and regionality. These attributes can be seen throughout the entire KWV product range, and it’s this focus that has underpinned our success at Veritas.”

“We are very proud of the success we have achieved,” says Fourie. “The winemaking team has worked very hard at refining its approach to all aspects of winemaking. We know that the pursuit of excellence is never done, but acknowledgments like these motivate us to persist in our journey.”

For the 2015 competition, eight international judges joined the line-up representing various countries and the judging process was independently audited by Deloitte.

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Editor’s Notes:

* Best Producer (ten entries or more)