Competitions

Winemag.co.za produces a variety of reports throughout the year. We use the 100-point system in line with international convention.

Please see our Ratings System page for more details.

Reports

Prescient, a multinational financial services company that has supported Winemag.co.za’s annual reports on both Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon for the past six years, has expanded its sponsorship to all wine categories.

Winemag.co.za convenes panel tastings throughout the year in order to generate the in-depth category reports. These are as follows: 

MONTH 2020 WINEMAG REPORTS
Feb 10 Year Old Wine Awards
Feb Mar Cap Classique Report
Feb Mar Sweet Wine Report
Mar Jun Chenin Blanc Report
Jun Cabernet Sauvignon Report
Jun Jul Cape Bordeaux Red Blend (Sylvain)
Jun Jul Merlot Report
Jul Aug Pinotage Report
Jul Aug Shiraz Report
Aug Sept Signature Red Blend Report
Aug Sept Pinot Noir Report (Saint Martin)
Aug Sept Sauvignon Blanc Report (Sylvain)
Sept Oct Chardonnay Report

 

Wines are tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel consisting of Christian Eedes as chairman as well as Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine.

Wines must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 100 six-bottle cases or 600 bottles. Wines must be certified as South African.

An entry fee of R950 applies and payment must be made online. An entry sample takes the form of two bottles plus the entry form and a fact sheet with technical analysis. Samples must be delivered to 44 Liesbeek Road, Rosebank, Cape Town between 08h30 and 15h00 on the specified date. No late submissions will be accepted.

In the event a wine rates well and achieves Top10 status, 36 bottles must be supplied for free to be served at the gala awards event in October (24x), plus the Johannesburg (8x) and London (4x) tastings in November.

These reports are essential reading for wine lovers and industry – please inquire if you see value in taking ownership of those not already sponsored.

Important 2020 dates for the REPORTS:

2020 month Winemag Reports Entries open Entries Close Sample Delivery Judging Date Report Released
Feb 10 Year Old Wine Awards 20 Jan 5 Feb 6 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb
Feb Mar Cap Classique Report 17 Feb 4 Mar 5 Mar 10+11 Mar 17 Mar
Feb Mar Sweet Wine Report 17 Feb 4 Mar 5 Mar 10+11 Mar 24 Mar
Jun Chenin Blanc Report 9 Mar 3 Jun
4 Jun
9 + 10 Jun
16 Jun
Jun Jul Cabernet Sauvignon Report 1 Jun
17 Jun
18 Jun
24+25 Jun 30 Jun
Jun Jul
Cape Bordeaux Red Blend (Sylvain) 22 Jun
8 Jul
9 Jul
14+15 Jul
21 Jul
Jun Jul
Merlot Report 22 Jun
8 Jul 9 Jul
14+15 Jul
28 Jul
Jul Aug
Shiraz Report 13 Jul
8 July 9 July 14+15 Jul 11 Aug
July Aug Pinotage Report 13 Jul 29 July 30 July 4+5 Aug 18 Aug
Aug Sept
Signature Red Blend Report 3 Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 25 Aug 1 Sept
Aug Sept
Pinot Noir Report (Saint Martin) 3 Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 26 Aug 8 Sept
Aug Sept
Sauvignon Blanc Report (Sylvain) 24 Aug
9 Sept 10 Sept 15+16 Sept 22 Sept
Sept Oct
Chardonnay Report 14 Sept 30 Sept 1 Oct 6+7 Oct 13 Oct
Oct Gala Event ‘Best of Category’         22 Oct
Nov Johannesburg Tasting         5 Nov
Nov London Tasting         10 Nov

The top performers are recognised at an annual gala event. The reports are available online and shared via social media and other channels.

Wineries may purchase Winemag.co.za rating stickers to promote their scores. Stickers are available at R380/1000, email info@winemag.co.za to place an order. Stickers must be collected from 3 Main Drive, Sea Point, Cape Town on Tuesday or Friday of the week (021 439 3102)

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Label Design Awards: Wine | Beer | Spirits

Winemag has convened the Label Design Awards since 2015 commencing with the Wine category, in 2017 introduced the Beer category and from 2020, the Spirits category. This label design competition is proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel, with UPM Raflatac, Synchron, Kemtek and HP Indigo as secondary sponsors.

The motivation for the competition is to reward outstanding design as an influence on wine, beer  and spirit purchases. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for beverages made in South Africa in these three categories. The judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication. Only wines, beers and spirits produced in South Africa may be entered.

Wines are judged in four categories:

  1. R80 a bottle and under;
  2. over R80 a bottle;
  3. R500 a bottle and over and
  4. Labels forming a series – no price constraints.

Beers are judged in two categories:

  1. single labels and;
  2. labels forming a series.

Spirits are judged in two categories:

  1. single labels and;
  2. labels forming a series.

Wines, beers and spirits must be commercially available and the minimum stock requirement is 50 six-bottle cases. Each entry must be accompanied by a 150-word creative rationale.

After official judging, the finalists will be displayed on Winemag.co.za for a set period to allow for consumer voting to determine a “People’s Choice” winner for each category. The award ceremony takes place on 18 March 2020.

The entry kit will be available online from 6 January 2020, closing date is 19 February 2020. For further information, contact Jacqueline Lahoud on 083 654 7721 or jax@winemag.co.za.

Join the conversation on twitter: @Winemag #LabelDesignAwards #Wine #Beer #Spirits

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