Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozens
We're pretty chuffed this year to present an Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen in which every wine has been awarded a Gold Medal and four of them Trophies. Trophies were won as follows:
1: Karl Seppelt AO Trophy for Best Other Varietal Red - 2015 Houghton's Small Batch Rojo Grande
2: Best Sauvignon Blanc in Show - 2016 Zonte's Footstep Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc 3: The Tilbrook Rasheed Trophy for Best Grenache or Grenache Blend - 2015 Robert Oatley Signature Series McLaren Vale GSM
4: Trophy for Best White Wine under $20 - 2015 Lannister Riesling
Every wine being judged is tasted blind, that is, none of the judges know what wines they are tasting other than its variety and vintage. In total 5 judges look at each wine in a class, compare notes, argue and work out which deserve a Gold (less than 1 in 14 scored Gold), Silver or Bronze, and indeed, nothing at all (about two thirds of all entries scored nil, nix, nada). Such is the standard of competition that a lot of very good wines did not even score Bronze.
Where the judges can’t agree on a medal and if the wine is under consideration for a Gold they are recalled and tasted at greater length, again blind, by the same judges before being considered for a Gold Medal or consigned to Silver or Bronze. At this point, the Deputy and Chair of Judges look at the finalists and give the nod, or otherwise to those selections. So any wine that has earned a Gold Medal has been assessed 3 times before being awarded, and more if it goes on to win a trophy.
Our buyer Matt who has judged 5 times at wine shows, including twice in Adelaide reckons the process is "fun, rigorous, fun, tooth staining, fun and fair to each of the wines entered and ensures that if a wine scores even a Bronze medal that it is bloody good.".