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SIWC judging complete despite weather gods’ intervention

Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) judges finished tasting and scoring more than 2000 wines last week, but were unsure if they would be able to leave their base in the Blue Mountains because of ferocious gales and storms that brought snow to the region.

The panel of Australian, New Zealand and international judges were eventually able to get down the mountains to the airport, leaving SIWC convenor Warren Mason and his team the task of collating the results. The TOP 1OO and Blue-Gold award winners are to be determined by the end of the month, and winners provisionally informed in November. Full results will be announced later in November.

Mason said the judges were pleased with the standard of wines put up for judging in the 2015 competition, and once again it was a revelation for some judges to be able to assess wines with appropriate food dishes.

“While many of the judges have officiated in the past 34 SIWC events, for some of the judges this was a very new and welcome experience,” Mason said.

“Interestingly, other Australian wine shows have suddenly decided to introduce an element of ‘judging with food’ to their competitions, which we welcome, because this is undoubtedly the best way to make wine shows more relevant to consumers.

“At the SIWC, the 400 wines that received the highest points are re-judged with food so that consumers can be confident the wines that become award-winners are ideal to be matched with specific dishes at a lunch or dinner.”

For full details of the SIWC and its background visit www.top100wines.com

AB Mauri



WID 2017