Wine competition governance is crucial if results are to have integrity. It has been noted that often those with commercial interests end up judging, indeed chairing such events. Vested interests can blur the boundaries of independence and integrity, and make opaque that which should be transparent and clear.
The Top 100 SA Wine Challenge is compelling in that the judging process and judges themselves are distinct and separate from the business. Judges have a professional responsibility to discharge. They are paid a professional fee for fulfilling their judging responsibilities.
The Report of the Independent Auditor to the organisers of the Top 100 SA Wines Challenge for 2014 will be posted here, post the event, around mid-April. I. C. Mackay and associates CA (SA) have been appointed to audit the 2014 Challenge results.