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The Judging

Judging Process

Judging takes place at Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl. 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.

Gold* = 90 points and over (superlative, world class)
Silver = 80 to 89 points (excellent, wine of distinction)
Bronze = 70 to 79 points (good to very good)

*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.

2017 Judges’ Feedback

The 2017 Judges’ feedback session took place on Friday, 5 May 2017 at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl.

Feedback transcript – 5 May 2017

2017 audio bytes:

Francois Rautenbach – SA Judge
Heads up the ‘Singita Premier Wine Direct’ programme for Singita Game Reserves, sourcing and supplying wines for the Singita properties in Southern and East Africa.

James Pietersen – SA Judge
SA Portfolio Manager for Wine Cellar.

Narina Cloete – SA Judge
Winemaker at Blaauwklippen Agricultural Estate.

Nkulu Mkhwanazi – SA Judge
Durban-based wine educator and KZN wine ambassador for various top South African wineries.

Heidi Duminy – SA Judge
Cape Wine Master and wine communications specialist recognised for her particular expertise in Champagne and sparkling wine.

Previous Winners

Over the years the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show has awarded South Africa’s leading wines the coveted bronze, silver and gold awards. See full list of previous winning wines.

The Judges

Meet the Judges
Associate Judges