Award Winning Wines for 2012
In the main, the Award winning wines are listed in Style Categories, as in "lighter, medium or fuller bodied dry white or dry red table wines". The Award winners have won their awards when tasted with appropriate food in these same Style Categories, that is, against wines of similar style, rather than, necessarily, wines of the same variety.
Once you have a clear idea of your intended food menu, listing the Award winners in Style Categories makes it much easier for you to choose appropriate wines.
Furthermore, you will have the completely independent comments of six of the Competition's judges to help you make a decision. The judges are seldom unanimous in their opinions, but their combined scores determine the awards.
For the 2007 www.top100wines.com we have not differentiated the four strata of award and trophy winners into separate lists. We have listed them in the order in which they were judged, according to increasing palate weight, and acknowledged their awards, including trophies, individually in their listings. After all, these award winners account for only the top 15%, the cream of the 2,000 plus entries accepted for the 2006 Competition. There is not a poor wine amongst them.
Since 2004, Sydney International has capped its entries at 2000. That's the maximum number of entries we can judge with peak efficiency, and thus fairness to our subscribers who rely on the results of this show, and the retailers and sommeliers who offer professional advice to their clients.