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, each day.
The Scoring Method
Depending on the size of the class either 30%, 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.
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.