With the huge variety of wines available to the consumer on the shelves, there is very little to guide them, especially in the lower price categories.
The Gold Wine Awards is a consumer-judged competition that awards excellent wines at a price of less than R130 to the consumer with Gold medals. Wines are judged by qualified tasters and the results are then statistically related to the price to determine whether the wines offer real value for money.
Often, consumers do not have a guide to help them choose from the many brands out there, especially the ones that sell at lower prices.
This competition aims to make it easier for the consumer to make choices by commending wines that are extremely well priced.
Research has shown that most of the time receiving an award in a wine competition is just about random. This competition aims to give all wines a fair chance by making sure the judges do not suffer from flavour fatigue by whenever possible not tasting more than 10 wines of a kind in a row. This competition also gives wines that might not have done well in other competitions a second chance to shine.
It has been found that when wine tasters know the price of a wine they tend to be biased in favour of the more expensive wines.
In a double-blind tasting, the tasters do not know the identity nor the price of the wines and therefor judge the wine more fairly.
Important dates and costs to note.
The cost of entry is R695 per wine, excluding VAT, and stickers will be available to the award winners at a price of R270, excluding VAT, per 1000.
As a value-add, we will also announce our Top Excellent Value at the Price Producer brands. The top 10 producers that win this award will be able to put a sticker on all their winning wines that were entered into the competition, and the sticker will be available at R270.00 excl VAT per 1000.
Theron du Plessis Chartered and Professional Accountants will audit the tasting process to make sure tastings are done without any outside influence.
Pertinent information about this competition.
You are not obligated to order stickers, but if you do request stickers, you have to accept and pay for them when the winners are announced, as set out in the rules of the competition.
Uncertified wine may not be entered. Tank samples will not be accepted as entries into the competition. Unlabelled wines may be entered as long as the wine has been bottled and has a SAWIS application number, and a current tasting date on the WSR2 or WSR4 form, or a Department of Agriculture printout from Wine-on-Line to show the wine has a current tasting date. Unlabelled bottles must have stickers on them showing details such as cultivar, vintage and brand name.
Each wine may only be entered into the competition once (even if it is under a different label). Any participant may enter more than one wine in a class. Examples are wineries that produce several wines of the same varietal but with different vineyard designations, vintages, etc. Wines that were entered in last year’s competition may be entered again.
Stickers should be available approximately two weeks after the winners have been informed of their results, and the winners will be notified by email once the stickers are available.
All stickers allocated to entrants will have to be taken in one go. If more stickers are needed later, the stickers might not be available, because extra stickers are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Electronic certificates will be emailed to winners. If the same product is available under different product names, additional certificates can be requested at no extra cost.
There will be only one sticker print run; under no circumstances will more stickers be printed. Winners are given ample opportunity to verify the quantities they would need. Contestants are not allowed to print their own stickers.
Stickers may only be used on wines that have the SAWIS application number that was entered and awarded.
For confidentiality purposes, only a list of producers that were designated Top 10 Excellent Value at the Price Producers will be made public. There will be no list of all the wineries that have taken part in the competition, nor the score assigned to any wine.
Uncertified wine may not be entered into the competition. Each wine has to have a current WSR2 or WSR4 certificate showing that the wine was approved on the strength of taste and analysis by SAWIS, or the Department of Agriculture Wine-on-Line screen capture printout to show the wine has a current tasting date on 31st July, 2019. This certificate must be current (i.e. the wine must have been tasted and approved by the board no later than one year before in the case of a white wine, and 18 months in the case of a red wine). A sample will not be accepted without this certificate or screen capture.
No refunds will be paid if the WSR2 or WSR4 certificate is not current, or if a Department of Agriculture printout from Wine-on-Line to show the wine has a current tasting date cannot be produced.
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