FAQ’S

WHO MAY ENTER?

All classes are open for competition to vignerons, wine makers, distillers and wine and spirit merchants

(a) A wine and spirit merchant shall mean any person, association, or company buying wine and brandy for resale. Includes importers of wine.
(b) A wine maker shall mean any person or firm manufacturing and selling wine from grapes in any country.
(c) A vigneron is any person or firm who grows grapes in any country for the production of wine for sale.

WHAT IS THE COST OF ENTERING?

Fees for each entry will be: RAST Members & Tasmanian Exhibitors $75.00, all others will be $85.00

HOW MANY BOTTLES ARE REQUIRED?

Each entry shall consist of SIX 750ml bottles or TWELVE 375ml bottles
A further six bottles will be required in the event that the entry wins a Gold Medal

HOW MUCH STOCK IS REQUIRED TO ENTER?

The qualifying stock volume of wine for each class is 1125 litres, 125 dozen (750ml bottles) or equivalent for all entrants except for Tasmanian entrants whose qualifying stock volume is 225 litres, 25 dozen (750ml bottles) or equivalent for each class. The qualifying stock volume must be held at the commencement of judging, 14 November 2016. If during a subsequent check by examiners authorised by the RAST, the quantity has fallen below the qualifying volume, records must be available to substantiate the change in volume.  The qualifying volume of Fortified wines entries  may be held in bulk.  For all other exhibits the qualifying volume must be held in bottle.

DOES EACH ENTRY HAVE TO BE BOTTLED?

The entry bottles supplied must be from a bottling run of at least the qualifying volume. In the case that there are several bottling runs of the wine described in the entry form, the qualifying stock held to comply with Rule 6 must be of the bottling run from which the sample was taken.

HOW DO I ENTER?

Entries can be made online or on an Entry Form downloaded from the RAST website. Exhibitors must state on the entry form the competitive class, the brand, sub brand and/or name under which the wine is marketed; vintage or blend details if a blend of vintages; the grape varieties contained therein; their proportions; the alcohol content and that the stipulated quantity will be in stock at the time of judging.

HOW MANY EXHIBITS CAN I ENTER?

There is no restriction on the number of entries in any one class, but no exhibit may be entered more than one, regardless of class, even if bottled under a different label and/or by a different exhibitor. However, entries in Fortified classes are restricted to only two entries by any one entrant in any one class.

WHAT ARE THE LABELLING REQUIREMENTS FOR EXHIBITS?

All bottles received by the RAST must carry the supplied RAST Wine Show Label showing;

(a)        the year of the competition

(b)        the number of the class

(c)        the year of the vintage

(d)        the grape varieties and proportions thereof

(e)        the alcohol content

Incorrect or incomplete information on the entry form may result in the disqualification of the entry. Bottles not carrying the RAST Wine Show Label will be excluded from judging.

In Addition to the RAST Wine Show Label, exhibitors must have on the bottle their own commercial label, or an accurate facsimile as per Regulation 12. The RAST label must be placed so that on a least one bottle of the entry, the variety(ies), vintage and vineyard name (if applicable) on the commercial label(s) are clearly visible.

HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH CLASS TO ENTER?

Blend & Varietal Classes: Wines containing 85% or more of any single variety must be entered into a varietal class unless the blend is stated on the commercial label (or facsimile) whereupon the wine must be entered into the appropriate blended class. The proportions of grape varieties in blended wines MUST be specified on the entry form. Special attention is drawn (by way of example) to Shiraz and Viognier blends.   If a wine is ≥ 85% Shiraz and labelled Shiraz (only), then it must be entered in Shiraz Classes. If the wine is labelled Shiraz/Viognier it must be entered in blend classes.

Individual Vineyard Wine: To be eligible for the Best Individual Vineyard Table Wine Trophy, entries must be made from 100% of grapes grown on an individual vineyard, the name of which appears on the commercial (or accurate facsimile) label of the wine. It is insufficient to say on the label that it is from an individual vineyard, whilst not naming that vineyard. The exhibitor must certify this by ticking the box provided on the entry form.

Tasmanian Wine Entries:  To be eligible for a Tasmanian Wine Trophy the wine must be made from ≥85% grapes grown in Tasmania. The exhibitor must certify this by ticking the box provided on the entry form.

Sparkling Wine: With the exception of Sparkling Moscato, entries must represent wine with natural effervescence as a result of fermentation. The qualifying volume for all bottle fermented exhibits in Sparkling Wine Classes must be disgorged.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A WINE IS ENTERED IN THE WRONG CLASS?

At the absolute discretion of the Chairman of Judges, Cellarmaster, Chief Steward or Committee Chairman a wine entered in the wrong class may be transferred to the correct class or disqualified.

WILL QUALIFYING STOCK BE CHECKED?

In all classes, the wine stock as stated on the entry form may be inspected and checked by a representative of the Society or its nominee at any time between the closing date for entries and the completion of judging.

Inspection and/or testing of any award winning wines may be made in the eight weeks following the announcement of awards and the Committee of the Society will later consider the result of this inspection and take appropriate action if necessary.

WHO HAS ACCESS TO MY ENTRY FORMS AND EXHIBITS?

No person, except for the RAST Staff and the Chair or the nominee of the Wine Show Committee will be allowed to inspect an entry form of any entry until the Judges’ Awards have been made public.

After the close of entries, no person will be permitted access to bottles except the Wine Show Coordinators, Stewards and authorised RAST staff until the awards have been made.

WHAT ABOUT DELIVERY OF EXHIBITS?

Entries must be delivered as follows:-

AFTER 31 October 2017 and

NO LATER than 15 November 2017

Hobart Showground, Main Grandstand

2 Howard Road, Glenorchy, Tasmania 7010

In containers holding not more than one dozen bottles, properly marked to show the exhibitor’s name and the class number(s)

WHEN WILL RESULTS BE AVAILABLE?

Results will be available online at the conclusion of the announcements of the Trophy winners at the Awards Dinner.  Results will not be released prior to this date or time.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY WINE IS AWARDED A GOLD MEDAL OR TROPHY?

If your product is awarded a Gold Medal and/or Trophy you are to supply and additional 6 bottles.  You will be notified by letter of which wines won a Gold Medal.  If your wine has been awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal then it will be listed in the online catalogue of results.  Your company can then use the medal awarded on your wine or as promotion/advertising.

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