Judging Process

Judging Panels comprising three judges (and an associate judge) with extensive wine competition experience – and including one overseas juror per panel – taste and score the submissions in each class using Riedel glasses.

By means of the 100-point scoring system, they produce a consensus-driven result.
*The gold-medal wines in each class go through to the trophy judging where all of the panelists re-assess them from freshly opened bottles.

Tasters with producer interests are not in a position to judge their own wines at the first (medal) stage and their scores are disregarded at the trophy ballot. The competition results are audited by chartered accountants Grant Thornton.