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Competition Matters | DWWA, Points and Medals

Writing on TimAtkin.com in 2014, Robert Joseph, has this fantastic introductory line to his piece What’s the point of wine competitions?:

“Wine competitions are the worst way to identify the world’s best wines.”

It’s a sentiment we hear at SAWi from time to time – although far less often now than a few years ago. Joseph goes on to apologise to Churchill before concluding his introduction by pointing out that competitions “actually work better than the alternatives.” We have to agree; but when determining SAWi scores we also consider key listings, reviews and comments from the world’s leading wine authorities.

The SAWi ‘Algorithm of Excellence’ distills the collective wisdom of a multitude of authoritative wine competitions, reviews and listings into a single point score which is consistent and drowns out much of the subjective noise of various judging panels.

One of the competitions we include is the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Together with the many entrants, we’ll be keeping an eye on the DWWA 2017 Timeline, so that we can feed the results into our SAWi algorithm ahead of the 2017 Grand Wines Collection update, as well as the 2018 SAWi Wine Excellence Awards.

According to the DWWA site, “DWWA has judges from around the world, including Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, and many of them are the foremost experts in their field. Judging is organised into categories, initially based on region. For example, Champagne will be judged by a panel of Champagne experts.

The judges taste wines individually. They know the region, style and price bracket, but they don’t know who produced the wine or the brand name. They then compare notes on the wine and reach a consensus on each wine’s medal.

Medal categories correspond to the 100-point scoring system used by Decanter and many top wine critics around the world.”

SAWi also represents wine performance as a value out of 100, but the SAWi Index value is a unity-based normalised score that uses raw data comprised of the wine’s average score over a 10-year period, as well as additional points for consistent top performance and any additional accolades achieved.

As will be appreciated by the DWWA description above, the competition process is rigorous, and a wine that walks away with DWWA Gold Medal can truly claim to be exceptional. More so if it then receives a Platinum Medal or is crowned ‘Best in Show’.

For this reason, the Decanter World Wine Awards and its additional medal accolades carry SAWi’s full endorsement and make a sizeable impact on the SAWi wine rating methodology.

All the best to the many worthwhile South African candidates who will submit their wines over the upcoming months. We look forward to celebrating your success with you.

Why the Grand Wines Collection Matters

Following the release of the SAWi 2015 Wine Awards Report, Minister Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, labelled the SA Wine Index as “an excellent benchmark for the wine industry.” He went on to say: “It showcases South Africa’s highest quality wines. I’m pleased to see that Western Cape wine farms have through the Index at last received the recognition they deserve”. Read the media statement here.

This excellent endorsement serves to underline the true value of the South African Wine Index – it exists to identify and promote South Africa as a producer of quality wines, able to hold its own on the international vinous stage.

The South African Wine Index is unique in that it distils the collective wisdom of 84 authoritative multi-national wine competitions, reviews and listings to present a single point score representing the perceived value of a wine, stripped of the subjective noise of various judging panels. As such, SAWi can legitimately claim to identify South Africa’s best wines.

These best wines, collectively referred to as the ‘Grand Wines Collection’, constitute an exciting new South African wine calling card and a convincing national benchmark for quality. In addition, the Index has succeeded in pulling together a diverse group of leading role players under one banner.

Within the ‘Grand Wines Collection’ there is scope for further banding according to region, style, Index value etc. This creates a number of marketable sub-sets that each encompass wines of outstanding complexity and consistent character; making them worth a special effort to find, purchase and enjoy.

SAWi’s ground-breaking indexing methodology gives wine enthusiasts the ability to consistently choose sterling wines with ease and confidence. Since this approach is not applied anywhere else in the world, this credible procedure for adjudicating wine quality is set to change perspectives and create global awareness about the sensational local wines South Africa produces.

Using the ‘Grand Wines Collection’, South Africa is able to confidently market itself as a premier international wine producer. Similarly, the world now has access to the finest South African wines, in one collection.

See the full Grand Wines Collection at www.SAWineIndex.com