Rules

1. Definitions
“award” means a gold medal, a silver medal, a bronze medal, or a trophy
“Class” means an exhibition class defined by the Committee from time to time, and for the time being specified at Schedule A to these Rules
“Committee” means the Committee of the Society
“entry” means a wine listed and described on an Entry Form submitted by an exhibitor, and for which the appropriate entry fee has been received by the Society
“Entry Form” means the official Entry Form at Schedule B to these Rules
“exhibit” means a wine received from an exhibitor by the Society to be judged at the Show
“exhibitor” means the bona fide owner of an exhibit, and may be a natural person, a partnership or an incorporated body
“Show” or “TWS” means the Tasmanian Wine Show conducted annually by the Society
“Society” or “TWSS” means the Tasmanian Wine Show Society
“trophy” means a special award made in accordance with Schedule C

2. General rules – all Classes
2.1 Subject to specific exceptions for sparkling wines under rule 4.1, entry in all Classes is open to wines made from 100% Tasmanian grapes.
2.2 Submission of entries in varietal classes shall be open to wines made from not less than 85% of the specified grape variety.
2.3 An entry in any Class must be a finished, bottled wine.

3. General Rules – Classes 1-27
3.1 Wines entered in any Class must:
(a) be available for wholesale and/or retail trade at the time of entry or
(b) be scheduled for release to wholesale and/or retail trade before the end of the calendar year following the year in which the Show is held (i.e. 31 December 2017 in the case of the Show held in January 2016).
3.2 Subject to any special provision in Schedule C – Trophies, each entry must comprise a minimum quantity of 225 litres at the time of entry.
3.3 An exhibitor must provide as exhibits four (4) bottles of each wine entered in classes 1-27.
3.4 If a wine has not yet been labelled, then the exhibitor must affix to each bottle of a wine entered in a Class a label that clearly states:
• The name of the exhibitor
• The commercial brand and any other relevant distinctive description of the wine
• The variety or varieties from which the wine is made
• The vintage year
• The percentage by volume of alcohol in the wine
• If requested, the residual sugar contained in the wine, expressed as grams per litre
3.5 The Society reserves the right to inspect stocks and records at the premises of an exhibitor, to verify that minimum quantity requirements and other requirements relating to the identity and composition of exhibits have been met.

4. Rules for Particular Classes
4.1 Classes 1, 2 and 3
Entry of sparkling wines in Classes 1, 2 and 3 is open to wines made from not less than 85% Tasmanian grapes.
A “vintage sparkling wine” is a wine made from not less than 85% Tasmanian grapes of a single vintage.
Despite rule 5.1, if a sparkling wine continues to be commercially available, or its commercial release is pending under rule 3.1(b), it must be entered in Class 1 or Class 2.
4.2 Class 9 and Class 11
To be eligible for entry into a non-oaked/unwooded Class (Class 9 or Class 11), a wine must not have been fermented in an oak barrel, matured in an oak barrel, or experienced any other exposure to oak.
To ensure that a wine will be judged in the correct Class, if the usual commercial label does not otherwise make any statements about the wine’s exposure to oak, the words OAKED or WOODED, or the words NON-OAKED or UNWOODED must be written or printed on a label attached to the exhibit by the exhibitor.
4.3 Class 22 and Class 23
A wine exhibited in Class 22 may be 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, or may be a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and another grape variety or other grape varieties, provided that the proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon is no less than 85%.
If a wine is comprised of 85% or more Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine must be exhibited in Class 22.
A wine made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and one or more “other red Bordeaux varieties”, and which contains less than 85% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, must be exhibited in Class 23.
In these rules, the term “other red Bordeaux varieties” is taken to mean a grape variety that is traditionally understood to be a “Bordeaux variety” (e.g. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot).

5. Museum wines
5.1 An entry in the Museum Class must be of an age appropriate to its type, as set out below:
28a Sparkling wines 10 year old wines and older
28b White wines 6 year old wines and older
28c Red wines 7 year old wines and older
5.2 There is no minimum quantity requirement at the time of entry, but each entry must have been comprised of a minimum quantity of 225 litres at the time of making.
5.3 Despite rule 5.1, if a wine continues to be commercially available, or its commercial release is pending (e.g. a late-disgorged vintage sparkling wine), it must be entered in the appropriate Class 1-27.
5.4 An exhibitor must provide as exhibits two (2) bottles of each wine entered in the Museum Class 28

6. Submission of entries
6.1 The Society will call for the submission of entries in the next year’s Show in November each year, advising potential exhibitors of:
• The dates for the Show
• The venue for the Show
• The Classes of wines to be judged at the Show
• Means by which entries may be lodged
• Entry fees in each Class
• Acceptable forms of payment
• The closing date for receipt of Entry Forms and payment
• The closing date for receipt of exhibits at the venue for the Show
6.2 Submission of entries will be made on the official ONLINE Entry Form.
6.3 Each Online Entry Form shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee,

Electronically: entries@taswineshow.org Using PayPal

6.4 A wine entered by an exhibitor must be the bona fide property of the exhibitor.
6.5 An exhibitor may enter more than one wine in any Class.
6.6 An exhibitor may not enter a particular wine in more than one Class.
6.7 An exhibitor may not enter a particular wine more than once in any Class.
6.7 Upon submission of an entry, the exhibitor agrees to be bound by these Rules and any conditions specified by the Committee for participation in the Show.

7. Exhibits
7.1 Upon receipt, all exhibits become the property of the Society.
7.2 Except with the express permission of the President of the Society in special circumstances, an exhibitor is required to ensure that the exhibits relating to each entry in the Show are delivered to the venue for the Show no later than the date fixed by the Committee under Rule 6.1.
7.3 In the case that an exhibitor wishes to withdraw a wine from the Show, the exhibitor must inform the Chief Steward no later than five working days before the first day of judging.
7.4 In the event that a wine has been entered, but the exhibit has not been received before the first day of judging, the wine will be deemed to be withdrawn.
7.5 In the case that an exhibitor wishes to substitute a different wine for a wine entered on the official Entry Form, the exhibitor must inform the Chief Steward no later than five days before the first day of judging. The replacement exhibit must be received from the exhibitor before the first day of judging.
7.6 In the event that an exhibit received from an exhibitor does not correspond with a wine entered on the official Entry Form, the exhibit will be allocated to the Class most appropriate to the exhibit actually received, and judged in that Class. In the event that there is no suitable Class for the exhibit actually received, the wine will be deemed to be withdrawn.
7.7 Judges are not required to decide what is the appropriate Class under which an exhibit shall be considered.
8. Judging and awards
8.1 Exhibits will be judged out of 20 points, allocated by each of three judges:
Appearance 3 points
Bouquet 7 points
Palate 10 points
8.2 Awards will be determined from the aggregate scores of all three judges:
Bronze 46.5 to 50.5 points
Silver 51.0 to 55.0 points
Gold 55.5 to 60.0 points
8.7 No exhibitor shall advertise or allow to be advertised by any means whatsoever, whether by broadcasting, pictorially, or in writing, the fact that any exhibit has won any medal, trophy or other award at the Tasmanian Wine Show, unless such advertisement displays clearly:
• The words “Tasmanian Wine Show” and the name of the wine as entered
• The year of the Show at which the award was won
• The Class in which the award was won, and a description of the Class in which the award was won [e.g. “Class 12 Chardonnay – 2016 Vintage”], and for trophies the name of the sponsor
Any exhibitor not complying with this Rule may be disqualified from the current Show or future Shows, at the Committee’s discretion.

8.8 Exhibitors are required to donate an additional four bottles of each gold medal winning wine for use at public Gold Medal Tastings in Launceston and Hobart.

SCHEDULE C TROPHIES – 2018

1 General Provisions
1.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in each exhibition class are eligible to be considered for trophies.
1.2 The Society reserves the right to not award a trophy in the event that no wines in the class or classes to which the trophy relates have been awarded gold medals.
1.3 In cases where this Schedule stipulates that wines in two or more exhibition classes are eligible for consideration for a particular trophy, but a gold medal or gold medals have only been awarded in one of those classes, then the highest scoring gold medal winning wine in that class will be awarded the trophy.
1.4 In these cases, it will not be necessary for the judging panel to be involved in the selection of a wine to be awarded the trophy.
1.5 The Society has adopted the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology’s recommendations on Judge Impartiality and Trophy Judging Protocols. The Chairman of Judges will direct the judging panel in their consideration of wines eligible to be awarded a trophy within this framework.
1.6 The Chairman of Judges will have the final arbitration power in relation to trophies awarded on the basis of their selection by the judging panel.
1.7 Subject to paragraph 16.2, in the case of trophies awarded on the basis of other criteria, the President of the Society will determine whether the criteria for awarding a particular trophy have been met.
1.8 No protest will be entered unless made in writing within seven days of the announcement of the awards. The only grounds for protest are that a trophy was not awarded in accordance with these rules.
1.9 Exhibitors are required to donate to the Society an additional 12 bottles of each trophy medal winning wine in Classes 1 – 27. Trophy winning wines in Classes 1-27 will be served at the Trophy Presentation Dinner where the donation will be acknowledged.

2 Champion Wine of Show
2.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Classes 1-27 inclusive are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
2.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.

3 Reserve Champion Wine of Show
3.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Classes 1-27 inclusive are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
3.2 In the event that the Champion Wine of Show is a white table wine or sparkling wine, the Reserve Champion Wine of Show will be the highest rated red table wine selected by the judging panel.
3.3 In the event that the Champion Wine of Show is a red table wine, the Reserve Champion Wine of Show will be the highest rated white table wine or sparkling wine selected by the judging panel.

4 Best Late-Disgorged Mature Vintage Sparkling Wine
4.1 This trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring gold medal winning wine in Class 1.

5 Best Vintage Sparkling Wine
5.1 This trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring gold medal winning wine in Class 2.

6 Best Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine
6.1 This trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring gold medal winning wine in Class 3.

7 Best Riesling
7.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Classes 4, 5 and 6 are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
7.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.

8 Best Chardonnay
8.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Classes 11, 12, 13 and 14 are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
8.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.

9 Best Pinot Noir
9.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Classes 18, 19, 20 and 21 are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
9.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.

10 Best 3 Year Old Pinot Noir
10.1 To be eligible for this trophy, an entry must meet the following criteria:
• it must have be entered in Class 20,
• at the closing date for entries, there must have been not less than 450 litres of the wine in bottles bearing the wine’s normal commercial label, and
• at the closing date for entries, the wine must have been commercially available for wholesale and/or retail trade.
10.2 Exhibitors entering wines in Class 20 must indicate at the time of submitting entries to the Show whether they hold sufficient stocks of wine and meet all the other conditions to be eligible for this trophy.
10.3 This trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring gold medal winning wine in Class 20 that meets these criteria.

11 Best Sweet White
11.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Classes 16 and 17 are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
11.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.

12 Best Other Wine
12.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Classes 7, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
12.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.

13 Best 2016 Vintage Wine
13.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning 2015 vintage wines in Classes 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 24, 25,26 and 27 are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
13.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.

14 Most Successful Exhibitor
14.1 The trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor will be awarded to the exhibitor achieving the highest score for medals awarded to wines entered in Classes 1-27:
Bronze 1 point
Silver 3 points
Gold 5 points

15 Pinot Noir Exhibitor of the Year
15.1 An exhibitor who has entered at least three wines in separate classes of Classes 18, 19, 20 and 21 and who has won a medal in each of three classes is eligible for consideration for this trophy.
15.2 The trophy will be awarded on the basis of medal tally, with priority given to gold(s) over silver(s) and silver(s) over bronze(s), and the total aggregate point score in respect of the exhibitor's best performing three wines from three different vintage classes.

16 Best Museum Wine
16.1 Only wines entered in Class 28 will be considered for this trophy.
16.2 This trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring gold medal winning wine in Class 28.
16.3 Wines given an award in class 28 will not be considered for any other trophy.

17 Chairman’s Selection
17.1 Wines awarded gold medals in Classes 1-27 inclusive are eligible for consideration
for this trophy.
17.2 This trophy is awarded by the Chairman of Judges at his or her absolute discretion.

18 People’s Choice
18.1 Wines awarded gold medals in Classes 1-27 inclusive are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
18.2 This trophy is awarded to the wine selected by members of the public at the end of the Gold Medal Tasting held in conjunction with the Show in the host city.
19 New and Special Trophies
19.1 The Society reserves the right to add any new and/or special trophies at any Show
without notice.

20 Best Pinot Gris / Grigio
20.1 This trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring gold medal winning wine in class 8.

21. Best Sauvignon Blanc
21.1 The highest scoring gold medal winning wines in Class 9 and Class 10 are eligible for consideration for this trophy.
21.2 This trophy will be awarded to the wine selected by the judging panel.