A wide selection of wines
Wines are invited from any producer, provided that they meet the criteria of the class being judged. The class may be a regional, style or new release tasting and generally the wines must be available for consumers to purchase, although we have museum and rare wine tastings as well.
Winestate carries out the judging using Australian capital city wine show procedures; the wines are not known to the judges. The three expert judges taste the wines blind and assign a score without reference to each other. Once this is done, only then do they compare scores, and if there is dissension they re-taste the wines and come to an agreement. Scores are compiled using the 20-point international system: gold is 18 and above; silver is 17 and above and is an excellent wine; bronze is 15.5 and above and represents good wine. A reasonable, sound everyday-drinking wine scores 15 (but does not gain a medal). A bland but clean wine scores 14. Below this score there are unpleasant flavours. These final ‘medals’ are then converted into a star rating system for publication in Winestate. A gold means 5 stars or 4½ stars, silver is 4, and bronze is 3 or 3½ stars.