SAWi – WHAT IT IS   

It is always important to look at the type of methodology which is applied in arriving at any particular wine classification.

SAWi went out to develop a methodology that fits the characteristics of luxury brands in particular on which wine buying decisions for top market segments of wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs could be based. For this purpose, only an index system which could provide for multiple features in tracking and measuring multi-vintage wine performances, has proved to have the required features, as no once of event would be able to claim similar status.

Indices provide us with benchmarks, their usefulness is evident in our daily life: from the CPI (Consumer Price Index) to GI (Glycemic Index) to BMI (Body Mass Index) to the Dow Jones Index.

With its own calculation methodology based on a mathematical algorithm (unique set of rules), SAWi developed a system which adds together annual data sets in which the components are averaged and weighted before linking the values automatically for a points score out of 100. This then represents a wine’s general overall multi-vintage quality status. As such, the SAWi Index provides a condensed capsule of multi-vintage achievements bestowed on a wine.

CLASSIFICATION METHODOLOGY

TIMEFRAME

The update of the classification occurs on an annual basis based on the outcome of blind wine tasting contests during the previous year.  Information is drawn from more than 100 multi-national contests.

POINTS PER TYPE OF CONTEST

Each of the contests ranked, are weighted with a multiple ranging from 1.2 to .3 within 5 categories. The highest point for local contests is 9. The highest scoring international contests receive a weight of 1.2 points.

WEIGHTING CRITERIA

Wine contests differ in terms of the size, the type of competition, the qualifications and constitution of judging panels, the number and type of awards on offer, public opinion and the like. As such, strict criteria are used to determine the weightings.   

POINTS PER TYPE OF AWARD

Award point scores applied in the methodology ranges from trophies (97 to 94), platinum or double gold and top 10 (94.5) points, or any actual score above 90.

MULTI VINTAGE CHARACTER

A wine’s score is based on the outcome of multi-vintage results for types of awards achieved with values ranging from 93 points and higher and taken up in an algorithm to calculate the final current class position.  

THE SCORE OF A WINE

The highest point received for a particular achievement in a vintage year is multiplied by the weighted multiple for that particular Contest. To that is added all multiples point scores (class points for type of events), for other 93 points and better, for such vintage achievements.  

DISTINCTIONS

Wines that have gained a minimum multi-vintage score of 93 over the course of a ten year adjudication window (minimum 3 years required) are classified (in terms of cultivar or blended wine categories) and taken up in the ‘Grand Wines Collection SA’.

OUTCOME

Results based on this methodology shows which wines are consistently recognised by multiple judging panels for their top achievements, accentuating the pedigree of great achievers while at the same time countering unreasonable claims about the quality of a wine not based on a given credible and objective system like this.

Since this system for adjudicating wine quality is unique and not applied anywhere else in the world, it is bound to change perspectives and create global awareness about the sensational local wines that South Africa is producing.

 

 

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