Wineshows. Love ’em or hate ’em, we enter them in the ever hopeful attempt to ‘jag’ a medal. Sometimes they seem like a lottery but if you walk away with a medal or two that’s great. It seems that each show can favour certain styles so I don’t enter every one. Plus they are quite expensive! A capital city show can cost anywhere from $100-$150 per wine entered. At least in the McLaren Vale Wine Show, the wines are being judged against like wines. And the entry fees are a bit more palatable!
Each ‘class’ of wines (wines grouped by variety, blend and vintage, e.g. 2013 Shiraz) is judged by 3 registered judges (who have had extensive experience and regularly judge in the Capital city wine show system) and 2 associate judges (inexperienced judges there to learn) make up a panel. The wines are judged (score out of 20) and the 3 judges scores are then combined and averaged to give points out of 20. Gold is 18.5 and above, Silver 17.0-18.4, Bronze 15.5-16.9.
The results of the McLaren Vale Wine Show
The results of the 2015 McLaren Vale Wine Show were released yesterday. The 2015 Catnip Viognier was awarded a Silver (17.3 – equal top in the class), the 2013 original Shiraz was also awarded Silver (17.0) and the 2014 rocky ox GSM gained a Bronze with 15.5 points.
Although I didn’t win any gold or trophies, the fact that all of my wines were awarded something is a feat in itself. There are many reasons we enter wine shows, and one of them is benchmarking. Knowing what others are doing, at what price, helps us improve our offering to you. Another is to hopefully one day win a trophy and sell out!