Entry forms must be accompanied by entry fees and are to be received by the Mudgee Wine Show Chief Steward no later than 1st. August 2012. No entry forms will be accepted after this time. Entries and payment may be made by using the entry form from the website and post or fax the completed form to:
MWGGA, PO BOX 748, MUDGEE NSW 2850
Fax: 02 6372 6843
Enquiries - contact:
535 Lue Road
Phone: 6372 2163
An entry fee of $35 per exhibit is charged for financial members of the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association and $50 per exhibit is charged for non-members. The fees are not refundable.
Exhibits can be delivered to the Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC) Pavilion, Cassilis Road, Mudgee between:
9.00am and 1.00pm Friday 31 August or
9.00am and 11.00am Saturday 1 September 2012
Cartons must be clearly marked with the exhibitors name and the classes contained within.
Each entry is to consist of four (4) 750ml bottles or six (6) 375ml bottles except for museum classes where two (2) 750ml bottles or equivalent are requested.
Entries are only open to commercially bottled wines and if commercial labels are available they must be affixed to the exhibits.
A wine may be entered only once in the show.
Wine Show labels must be affixed to the exhibits.
Each bottle sealed by a cork must have the capsule removed prior to delivery of the exhibit.
All wines entered are to be made from grapes grown in the Mudgee GIC and must comply with label integrity regulations and:
Be made in Mudgee or
If made outside the Mudgee GIC, the entry form must be accompanied by a signed LIP declaration to the effect that the fruit was sourced from the Mudgee GIC.
A minimum volume of 200 Litres /22 cases is to be held by the exhibitor at the time of entry. Sales from the time of entry until judging should be recorded in case an audit is conducted.(There is no minimum volume requirement for Museum Classes)
Grape concentrate or fortifying spirit, whether of Mudgee origin or not, may be added to the wine.
All wines must be either fully certified organic/biodynamic or in-conversion organic/biodynamic by a recognised Australian organic certifying body.
Certification must be in relation to the whole product including; the grapes, the wine making process and the bottling.
Exhibits must carry their normal commercial label with their certification number noted. The exception to this is where a wine has been bottled as cleanskin but not labelled at time of entry to the show. The cleanskin wine may be entered with the label approval letter from the certifier included with the entry form to be eligible for judging.
An “O” will be placed in the appropriate column of the entry form to denote an organic entry.
The judges will not have direct access to the wines except in the tasting glasses presented to them by the stewards. The judges have no right of enquiry into the identity of any wine. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The stewards will arrange samples within a class so that wines from a nominated similar sugar level are grouped together and so that similar nominated blends, styles or varieties within a class are also grouped. The stewards will inform the judges of this grouping or any other necessary information. If no more than one entry is received for a class, the stewards may place that entry in a different class, if appropriate, or else delete that entry. If a wine is entered in the wrong class, the stewards may, at their discretion, move it to a more appropriate class or disqualify the entry.
No results will be available to any exhibitor or steward until the exhibitors tasting. No exhibitor may enter the venue chosen for judging without the express approval of the Chief Steward, any exhibitor not complying with this condition will have his/her exhibits removed from the show.
Certificates will be awarded to all medal winners.
Medals and trophies
Exhibits will only be considered for a trophy if they secure Gold Medal points.
Trophies will be awarded as per the Trophy Classes Sheet.
The winner of the Champion Wine of Show Trophy will be selected by the Chief Judge, in consultation with the judging panel. This wine may not necessarily be the highest point scoring wine, but all Gold Medal wines will be eligible.
To qualify for Most Successful Exhibitor Award, exhibitors must enter a minimum of (3) classes, but not including Museum classes 25 and 26. The highest cumulative points for the top three wines from an exhibitor will determine the winner of the Most Successful Exhibitor Award. In the event of a tied result between two or more exhibitors, then the winner will be based on priority of all medals won.
Wines will be judged and points allocated by each judge, to a maximum of 20 points. Medals will be allocated from the combined total points of the three judges as follows:
Bronze – 46.5 to 50.5
Silver – 51.0 to 55.0
Gold – 55.5 to 60.0
Gold medal winning wines and additional Trophy winning wines may be requested and purchased by the Wine Show Committee at a price of $120 per dozen. Exhibitors may be called upon to provide additional wines for the Wine Show Exhibitor and Public Tastings. (This does not include Museum Wines.)
Each and every public advertisement of awards must state:
Mudgee Wine Show
Year of Award
Class number and class description
Every exhibitor is expected to honour the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Code of Practice for the Display of Awards. Although the Code of Practice is voluntary, compliance with this Code of Practice is a prerequisite for entry into the Mudgee Wine Show. Failure to comply with the Code of Practice may result in the exhibitor being disqualified from future Mudgee Wine Shows.
The Association reserves the right to refuse entry to any person and to disqualify any exhibitor who, in the opinion of the Association, has not complied with the rules as stated above. In addition, the Association reserves the right to take back any medals, trophies or other awards won by an exhibitor if, in the opinion of the Association, the exhibitor has not complied with the rules as stated above.
The Association reserves the right to check that minimum stock requirements and other regulations have been complied with including the right to examine sales records. The entry must be representative of the total volume of the wine.
The Wine Show Committee shall have the right to subject any exhibitor to a spot audit to check the bona fide nature of any entry. At least two exhibitors will be randomly selected to undergo an audit each year. The Wine Show Committee reserves the right to call in an independent auditor, i.e. Wine Australia, to conduct Label Integrity Program (LIP) audit as required. Any exhibitor who fails to co-operate with an audit or who fails an audit check may be disqualified from entering the wine show for 24 months.
No entry fee will be refunded unless the Wine Show Committee is at fault and will be refunded only at their discretion.