Con­test a corker for wine­mak­ers

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KAR­ISHMA DIPA kar­ishma.dipa@inl.co.za

ARE YOU an avid wine­maker who is pas­sion­ate about your craft?

Then the 2017 Na­tional Wine Chal­lenge (NWC) is look­ing for you.

Lisa Hage­dorn, the op­er­a­tions man­ager for buy­bet­ter­wine.com, who is spear­head­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, told The Star there were sev­eral re­wards for par­tic­i­pants.

“The NWC of­fers ex­cep­tional brand and pro­mo­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for vine­yards who con­cen­trate on qual­ity.”

She added the bal­ance of the wine was the most im­por­tant as­pect when de­cid­ing on a win­ner of the con­test, but com­plex­ity was also cru­cial.

Hage­dorn said the NWC be­gan in 2011, when it was re­ferred to as the Top 100 SA Wine Chal­lenge.

Although the chal­lenge re­ceived a makeover in 2016, the top wine mer­chants will con­tinue to ben­e­fit from the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The wines entered into this chal­lenge are fine wines and there­fore are of a very high cal­i­bre. Such wines typ­i­cally also win awards in ac­claimed in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.”

Hage­dorn ex­plained there were a sev­eral cat­e­gories that vine­yards could place in and that all wines would be el­i­gi­ble for one or more prizes.

These in­clude the Grand Cru, which is the first prize per cul­ti­var or blend, which in­cludes Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Shi­raz and Merlot.

Other prizes in­clude the top 100/Dou­ble Plat­inum sta­tus for the top 100 high­est, scor­ing wines, in­clud­ing the vine­yard con­sis­tency award for most over­all win­ning wines over the full seven-year pe­riod.

Other en­trants could win the dou­ble gold or dou­ble sil­ver cat­e­gory.

If a vine­yard wins the premier Top 100 sta­tus or dou­ble plat­inum award, they will re­ceive pro­mo­tion of their prod­ucts and prizes in­clud­ing a Top 100 web­site list­ing with the wine la­bel’s im­age, a gift pack in­clud­ing bot­tle stick­ers, the win­ners event launch in­vi­ta­tion and a cer­tifi­cate.

All other cat­e­gories re­ceive a web­site list­ing, and pro­mo­tion through var­i­ous me­dia.

Hage­dorn added that each cul­ti­var or blend is a cat­e­gory and each of these has a sin­gle Grand Cru win­ning wine.

“All other awards are achieved solely on the score the wine re­ceives from judg­ing.”

The judg­ing panel for the com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes wine ex­perts from around the world.

Win­ners will be an­nounced at the end of April. To en­ter, visit: http://buy­bet­ter­wine. com/top-100/chal­lenge/

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