THE JUDGING PROCESS

Products will be judged in accordance with the variety or type (class) to which it belongs and in which it has been entered.

The International 100 point OIV system is used.

All products are judged ‘blind’, thus the judges aren’t aware of the origin of the product being adjudicated and aren’t influenced by product packaging.

Click here to find out who our judges are this year.

MEDALS

How our medals are graded:

  • Platinum: 96 points or higher
  • Gran d’Or (Double Gold): 93 to 95.99 points
  • Gold: 89 to 92.99 points
  • Silver: 86 to 88.99 points

No bronze medals or merit awards are awarded.

In accordance with the OIV regulations, only the top one third of total entries in the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards will be eligible for medals, and are calculated according to the judges’ final scores.

Incorrect entries are removed, corrected and if necessary- re-tasted by another panel of judges.

Only an estimated top one third of entries are awarded a medal.

Results presented for public announcement and publication were not manipulated in any way.

TROPHIES

Trophies to be announced.

Previous trophies:

  1. MCC Grand Prix Trophy
  2. MCC Dessert Grand Prix Trophy
  3. Toneleria Naçional Coffee Pinotage Trophy
  4. JF Hillebrand Pinotage Trophy
  5. Michelangelo Golden Oldie Trophy
  6. Michelangelo Brandy Trophy
  7. Michelangelo Garagiste Trophy
  8. RX South Africa Organic Trophy
  9. Juvenal Chenin Blanc Trophy
  10. TM Mercurey French Style Red Blend Trophy
  11. African Cellar Supplies Methode Classique Trophy
  12. African Cellar Supplies Pinot Noir Trophy
  13. IQ Business Most Innovative Wine Trophy
  14. TRANE Cape Blend Trophy
  15. TRANE International Trophy
  16. Michelangelo Liqueur Trophy
  17. SACDI Trophy for Most Innovative Spirits
  18. SACDI Trophy for Craft Gin
  19. SACDI Trophy for Craft Vodka
  20. SACDI Trophy for Craft Rum
  21. Tsogo Sun Cabernet Franc Trophy
  • Incorrect entries are removed, corrected and if necessary- re-tasted by another panel of judges.
  • Only an estimated top one third of entries are awarded a medal.
  • Results presented for public announcement and publication were not manipulated in any way.

AUDITING

The Awards are independently audited by Moore Stephens to ensure that the following criteria are met:

  • Entry forms received match product samples kept in storage (Name, Vintage, Cultivar, Class etc).
  • WSB / Lab analysis received match samples received.
  • Samples are stored at correct temperature.
  • Judges aren’t aware of the names of products being tasted.
  • Products are tasted ‘blind’ in the correct order.
  • No undue influence is placed on judges which might influence scores.
  • Trophy winning products are the top scoring products within their class or category.
  • Score sheets are reviewed to ensure that they match the points awarded.
  • Incorrect entries are removed, corrected and if necessary- re-tasted by another panel of judges.
  • Only an estimated top one third of entries are awarded a medal.
  • Results presented for public announcement and publication were not manipulated in any way.