The Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2013/14 provides an objective, independent and professional rating of South Africa’s entered fine wines. Judging panels are again made up of the highest quality experts. Each panel will comprise one SA judge and two international judges. Each panel will have at least one Master of Wine (MW) as well as one member with renowned wine making skills.
Higgo Jacobs is again the dedicated Tasting Director for 2013. He will oversee flight creation and assembly during the judgement week. Higgo has worked for over 15 years in the wine industry and contributes with a wealth of local and international experience including with highly respected fine-wine merchants Anthony Byrne and the Jeroboams group in London.
He obtained his Court of Master Sommeliers’ Certificate as well as the WSET Advanced qualification whilst working in the UK. Higgo has judged at the IWC in 2007. Higgo is also a respected sommelier and judge in key South African circles.
The methodology applied is based on input from international judges as well as from analysis and review of world class wine events. Top 100 SA Wine Challenge procedures remain at the forefront of global best practice.
Riedel glassware is used.
Winning wines that sell below certain price points will also be eligible for ‘Best Value’ awards in addition to the Top 100 SA Wine award. Red wines and sparkling wines that retail for under R90 and white wines that retail for under R70, are the price points applicable to win this additional award.