Double recognition for The High Road Wines

Friday, 18 October, 2013
Nadine Roets
In a single week The High Road has won two of the top awards in the industry: 1. Double Gold at Veritas 2013 with Director’s Reserve 2012 and 2. Trophy for the Best Bordeaux blend of the Year judged by Wine-of-the-Month Club for Director’s Reserve 2009.

Wine-of-the-Month Awards 2013

Judged by a panel of independent judges the trophies are decided annually. Out of 120 wines tasted, The High Road Director’s Reserve 2009 received the top spot in the Bordeaux blends category. Wines are judged blind, “there is only one way to assess wines—recognised internationally and adopted at every reputable wine show and wine competition around the world—and that is blind, and with as large a panel as possible.” – Wine-of-the-Month

“At the Wine-of-the-Month Club we are not concerned with individual panellist’s scores but with general consensus among a large number of judges. Panellists always taste blind, and every judge assesses every wine. Tasters never see labels. They don’t know who the producers are. They are not influenced by clever marketing, famous names or the reputations of winemakers. They are concerned with one thing and one thing only: what they taste in the glass.” – Wine-of-the-Month

Previous winners include Welbedacht, Kaapzicht, Idiom, Warwick and Simonsig and we are proud to be in their company.

Veritas 2013

At a glamorous Veritas Black Tie awards dinner held on the 5th of October at the CTICC and attended by more than 750 people, The High Road was awarded a second DOUBLE GOLD VERITAS medal in 4 years for our Director’s Reserve 2010.

When you win something for the first time, there’s shock, awe and an overall out-of-body experience. But when you win something for the second time, you can really savour the moment.

Veritas is the oldest, largest and arguably the most prestigious competition in the industry. In 2013 the competition attracted 1792 entries and only 68 achieved Double Gold. This makes Veritas the one to win. A panel of 7 international and local judges taste the wine blind and if all seven agree that the wine is 18 points or more on a 20 point scale it receives Double Gold, by no means an easy feat.

There were only 4 Double Gold medals awarded to Bordeaux style blends in the Red Blends category out of 137 entries and The High Road Director’s Reserve 2010 was one of them.

Public Tasting of the Veritas Double Gold and Gold Winners will take place in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, George and Knysna. See for more details.

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