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Rescuing wine that is trapped in bottles

Posted on : 18 July 2017

If bins full of kitty litter turn you to drink… you would be at the right place!

The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show is on now and as the judges make their way down the rows and through the categories, each mouthful of wine ends up in the bin.

Not a statement on the quality, taste or mouth-feel of the wine, it is an unfortunate pre-requisite of the job. With more than 2,000 wines being judged, it is essential to expectorate. Judges swirl the glass, take a sniff, sip, swish and then spit. It is a wine judging, not an all-you-can drink alcohol buffet and it is important to experience the taste of each wine. It could get rather difficult to distinguish and judge each individual wine after indulging in six or seven glasses.

Referred to as spit bucket or dump buckets, the bins at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show are ¼ full of kitty litter to absorb the wine, reduce splashback and soak up the bouquet of so many fermented grapes.

Wines are judged on variants including complexity, fruitiness and balance. The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show engages the most experienced and respected judges in the industry and endorses the development of future judges.

The process is overseen by a Chair of Judges and includes six separate judging panels. Each panel consists of one Panel Chair, two Senior Judges and two Associate Judges. Judges use the following point scale to determine medals:

Gold Medal for outstanding Exhibits gaining 95.0 points and over
Silver Medal for excellent Exhibits gaining 90.0 points but fewer than 95.0 points
Bronze Medal for quality Exhibits gaining 85.0 points but fewer than 90.0 points.

Previous Gold Medal winners have included Jacob’s Creek 2015 Reserve Barossa Riesling, Hahndorf Hill Winery 2015 Pinot Grigio, Shingleback 2016 Haycutters Salmon Rosé, Bleasdale Vineyards 2014 Second Innings Malbec and Xanadu Wines 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.


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