Wineshow Rules

Written by Wine Show Director
Thursday, 19 November 2009 05:11

The rules that apply to the Annual EDWG Wine Show are displayed below. For questions and/or if you require additional information please contact wineshow@amateurwine.org.au.

1.  The Guild defines an amateur wine as wine produced on a non-commercial basis and not vintaged on commercial premises.

2.  All entries are to be in 750 ml wine bottles, except for fortified or liqueurs which may be submitted in 375 ml bottles (minimum size). No capsules please.

3.  Only fermented beverages are eligible for an award. Kit wines must be nominated as such. If juice is obtained from a supplier, wine made therefrom must be entered as a Kit wine.

4.  A wine can only be entered in one class and can only be entered once in the show by either an individual winemaker or group of winemakers (but not both).

5.  Ownership: Please note that entries will remain the property of the Eltham & District Wine-makers Guild Inc. and cannot be removed from the venue without approval of the Chief Steward.

AWARDS GENERAL
6. Each wine is only eligible for one award, except for the Guild WOTY and the “Best Winemaker” Awards.

7. Top award winners (gold medals) may be contacted on Saturday for an additional bottle to be made available for the public tastings, if available.

8. Awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates will be awarded in all classes. A wine must achieve a minimum of Bronze standard to be eligible for any award. Exhibits will be judged on points as follows using the international 20 point wine judging system:
Color: 3 maximum
Bouquet: 7 maximum
Palate: 10 maximum

Total points correspond to the following awards:
Gold: 18.5 points and over
Silver: 17.0 - 18.4 points
Bronze: 15.5 - 16.9 points

BEST GRAPE / COUNTRY WINEMAKER
9. The Best Grape Winemaker award is determined by the highest cumulative score of three (3) grape wines across three (3) different grape wine classes by an individual winemaker, or group of winemakers.

10. The Best Country Winemaker award is determined by the highest cumulative score of three (3) country wines across three (3) different country wine classes by an individual winemaker, or group of winemakers.

11. For the Best Grape and Best Country Winemaker awards, more than three wines can be entered in the show and more than one wine can be entered in any class, but only the highest scoring wine in each class is used in determining the award winner.

12. For the Best Grape and Best Country Winemaker awards, the cumulative score for these awards can only come from one show entry i.e. an individual also making wines as part of a group cannot use scores from their group entry toward their individual “Best Winemaker” score.

13. In the event that two or more winemakers receive identical scores the following rules apply:

Rule 1: If a tied winemaker has a higher aggregate score on any 2 of the 3 eligible wines, he/she/they will be given the award. For example: Winemaker1=20,19,18 and Winemaker2=20,20,17, then Winemaker2 will win because they have an aggregate score of 40 on their 2 best wines.

Rule 2: If a tie still exists, the award will be granted to the winemaker who has a single wine (of the 3 eligible wines) with the single highest score. For example:Winemaker1=20,19,19 and Winemaker2=19.5,19.5,19, then Winemaker1 will win because they have a single wine with a score of 20, which exceeds any single score received by Winemaker 2.

Rule 3: In the event that a tie still exists, the top scoring fourth wine in a fourth separate eligible class will be considered. If one of the winemakers does not have a fourth wine in a fourth eligible class they will score zero for that wine for the purpose of determining Best Winemaker. For example: Winemaker1=20,19,19 and Winemaker2=20,19,19 the fourth wine will be counted.

Rule 4: After examining the fourth wine in a fourth class, if there is still a tie, then we will look to the 5th wine in a 5th class etc until we have a winner.

Rule 5: If this process still does not produce a winner, then a top scoring wine in any class will be considered.

Rule 6: Finally if the above process does not yield a winner, the Wine Show Director and Chief Steward will examine all the entries from the remaining eligible winemakers and determine a winner based on the overall quality of wines, complexity of handling the wines, and the range of skills and techniques displayed by the winemaker.

BEST WOMAN WINEMAKER

14. The NEW Show award for the Best Woman Winemaker is exclusively for the single highest scoring wine made by a woman or syndicate of women, marked as such on the entry form. In the event of a tie, the winner shall be decided by a taste off organised by the Chief Steward.

WOTY AWARD / ELTHAM-FRANKSTON TROPHY

15. The WOTY is the Eltham Guild Winemaker of the Year. This is determined by totalling the three top scoring wines in the show from any Eltham & District Amateur Winemakers Guild member, at least one wine of which must be a country wine, one a grape wine, and at least one of the three wines must be current vintage.

16. In the event of tied scores for the WOTY, the fourth top scoring wine will be taken into account. If a tie still exists, then the fifth (etc) top scoring wine will be taken into account until a winner is found. If this process does not yield a winner, the Wine Show Director and Chief Steward will examine all the entries from the remaining eligible winemakers and determine a winner based on the overall quality of wines, complexity of handling the wines, and the range of skills and techniques displayed by the winemaker.

LIQUEUR / FORTIFIED / SPARKLING WINES
17. Fortified wines must be wholly or partially fermented.

18. Liqueurs must be made with a neutral base spirit (eg vodka or brandy spirit) and not be made from proprietary essences.

19. Liqueurs will not be counted towards total scores for WOTY, Best Country Winemaker, Best Grape Winemaker or the Eltham-Frankston Trophy. This is because Liqueurs are not fermented, consequently they do not demonstrate winemaking skills.

BLENDED GRAPE WINE ENTRIES
20. All entries in the classes for the Blended Grape Current Vintage (RBC, WBC) and Blended Grape Previous Vintage (RBC, WBP), must only consist of grape varieties. A blended grape wine entry must be indicated by listing each grape varietal present within the blend. The order in which each varietal appears on the label must reflect the proportion of each grape variety in the blend. That is, the grape varietal with the greatest proportion is listed first; the second most prevalent is listed second and so on. The proportion of each component part of the blended wine entry may be optionally indicated in brackets. If a vintage year is specified in an entry then at least 95% of the wine contained within the blend must be from that vintage. For example; Shiraz/Malbec (95/5) 2011

HYBRID/NOVELTY WINES
21. Neither Hybrid and Novelty classes are included in the tally for any Trophy awards (Eltham WOTY, Best Country winemaker, Best Grape Winemaker, Jo Illian, and all other Trophy awards). These classes will be eligible for show medals.

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