The Six Nations Wine Challenge – How It Works

The Six Nations Wine Challenge & How it Works

The Judging System - Entries

Each nation is asked to enter 100 wines. There are 16 classes. The maximum number of entries into any class is 10. There is no minimum. Judges may choose not to enter a class. Each judge is asked to list extra “reserve” wines on their lists in the event that some wines are unavailable and the admin in Sydney will then invite the reserve wine(s).

The Judging Sessions

Over three days there will be 16 judging sessions according to the classes. Approximately 200 wines will be poured for each judge on each of three days. In line with the scoring method approximately 80 wines will be selected and scored by each judge, sildenafil each day.

The Scoring Method
  • Depending on the size of the class either 30%, buy 40% or 50% of the wines will be scored.
  • The scoring begins at 1 point for the best wine and continues in normal numerical sequence.
  • Each judging sheet will inform the judges as to how many wines in each class are to be ranked.
  • For classes with 28 wines or less 50% will be ranked.
  • For classes with 29 – 39 wines 40% will be ranked.
  • For classes with 40 wines or more – 30% will be ranked.
  • The lowest scoring wine wins the trophy of class (Best Wine in the class)
  • The next lowest wine wins Runner-up and a Double Gold Medal.
  • The next 10% of wines in that class receive Double Gold medals.
  • The next 20% of wines in that class receive Gold medals.
  • Extra medals can be awarded at the Judges’ discretion during the class discussion.
The Scoring Method - an example
  • A class of 28 entries would have 14 ranked (50%) and 14 unranked wines.
  • Judges will select and score 14 of the 28 wines
  • Points from 1 – 14 on will be allocated on hand written sheets.
  • Wines 15 – 28 receive an unranked score via the computer program which in this case it is 21 points (15+28 / 2 = 21.5 (21))
  • The unranked score essentially identifies the wines out of contention and pushes them away from the focus group of 14 wines selected in this example.
  • It is important to remember that we are seeking the best of the best wines – a score of 1 point identifies the wine as the best in the class – lowest point wins
  • Our custom built software platform and algorithms for calculating were designed and engineered by a Professor of Mathematics, and we perform annual reviews and updates in the interest of continual improvement.
What happens after the Judging concludes?

As soon as possible the Challenge Management team inform all trophy winners personally and invite them to the trophy dinner to be held in Sydney during October of every year. All results are then circulated to each judge approximately one week following the judging. All information is under embargo until the evening of the Trophy Dinner in October.

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