The thinking is relatively simple. If you have two wines with the same quality rating – say 3 stars – within a category, one costing R40 and the other costing R80, the quality is the same. So what’s the better value purchase? Obviously the R40 wine because you are getting more bang for your buck.
The Wine Tracker system that has been used was developed by Dr David Priilaid of the University of Cape Town. This system allows wines at the top end of the price scale a fairer chance, and to ensure that the wines entered into the competition compete against all wines produced in their category (not only those entered).
The judges use a standard 20-point scoring system: 5 stars awarded for a score of 18 or more, 4-and-a-half stars for 17, 4 stars for a score of 16, 3-and-a-half stars for 15.5 points, 3 stars for 15 out of 20 and 2-and-a-half for 14.5 points. Wines rated lower than 2-and-a-half stars are not eligible for inclusion in the Best Value Wine Guide, with the judges endeavouring to help consumers steer clear of plain ordinary wines in addition to those that are faulty or possibly even unpleasant.
Superlative wine, top class, a masterpiece
Excellent, wine of distinction (4-and-a-half stars is on the cusp of 5 stars)
Good (3 stars) to very good (3-and-a-half stars). Fine character and style
Half a star, as in 2-and-a-half stars, 3-and-a-half stars, 4-and-a-half stars
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