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