HOW JUDGING WORKS


Complete Transparency

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.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

All entries are judged according to a 100 point system, based on internationally accepted OIV principles.

  • Grand Prix Award: Top-scoring wine & spirits in all classes
  • Trophy Award: Top-scoring product in class
  • Platinum: 96 points or higher
  • 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.

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.

All products are judged ‘blind’, meaning that the judges are unaware of the name of the producer or area of production. Only the following information is available to the judges, Varietal, Alcohol, Vintage and Residual Sugar.

The top-scoring one-third of entries entered in each class will be eligible for medals and are calculated according to the judges’ final scores. However, where several wines qualify for a medal in terms of the medal cut-off point, all wines with that score will be allocated the appropriate medal. Should the top third of entries fall outside of points, the judges may uniformly adjust points across the entire       class to ensure that at least a third of the entries fall within the medal allocation. The same points increase/decrease will be allocated across all entries in the specific class.

MEDALS

How our medals are graded:

  • Grand Prix Award: Top-scoring wine & spirits in all classes
  • Trophy Award: Top-scoring product in class
  • Platinum: 96 points or higher
  • 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.

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.