Classes

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Recently some classes have been revamped to better reflect stylistic differences or subtleties and to allow those wines to be judged more fairly.  It’s why vintage has not been specified; instead, the weight of the wine, its texture, body, acid, tannin and fruit balance, its overall balance are deemed more important than vintage alone.  So please consider the descriptions carefully when entering your wine.   If you are unsure which class your wine should be entered, please email info@aavws.com for more information.

White

Minimum 25 dozen

1A Viognier lighter bodied, fresh and aromatic

1B Viognier fuller bodied, textural, luscious

2 White Rhone varieties such as marsanne or roussanne but NOT viognier

3 White Rhone dominant blends varieties such as marsanne, roussanne, clairette or viognier

4 Arneis

5 Savagnin

6A Vermentino crisp, fresh, dry

6B Vermentino fuller-bodied, textural, luscious

7A Fiano young, fresh, aromatic

7B Fiano fuller-bodied, textural, luscious

8 Gewürztraminer

9 Grüner Veltliner

10 Petit Manseng

11 Albarino

12A Other white aromatic light to medium-bodied varieties and blends varieties might include, but not limited to, albarino, bianco d’Alessano, friulano, garganega, greco, müller-Thurgau, orange muscat, pinot blanc, sylvaner, verdejo or verdicchio, and blends might include varieties listed in other classes.

12B Other white fuller bodied varieties and blends varieties might include, but not limited to, schönburger or verduzzo and blends might include varieties listed in other classes.

13 Skin-fermented white these wines have extended skin contact post-fermentation often for several weeks or many months. A wine entered in this class cannot be entered into another white varietal or blend class. 

14 Prosecco

15 Sparkling white

*Please note most wine made into a frizzante, sweet and low alcohol drink, commonly known as moscato or a moscato-style, are INELIGIBLE. Moscato must be made from a muscat variety and most are NOT alternative varieties in Australia due to extensive plantings and subsequent volumes. Those varieties include muscat gordo blanco also known as muscat of Alexandria, or muscat à petits grains with the words red, white or brown attached, or frontignac. However a wine that is made from an alternative muscat variety, for example moscato giallo, that is sweet and slightly sparkling would be permitted but should be entered into Class 35.

 

Red

Minimum 25 dozen

16A Sangiovese youthful, fresh, juicy: perhaps fruit driven or savoury, little or no new oak, medium-bodied, vibrant and generally made to be enjoyed as a young wine.

16B Sangiovese more structured: generally fuller bodied and fleshier, maybe distinctly savoury yet still fresh, perhaps some new oak and yet still fresh and might include wines with some bottle aged complexity.

16C Sangiovese dominant blends

17 Nebbiolo

18 Barbera

19A Tempranillo youthful, fresh, juicy: perhaps fruit driven or savoury, little or no new oak, medium-bodied, vibrant and generally made to be enjoyed as a young wine.

19B Tempranillo more structured: generally fuller bodied and fleshier, maybe distinctly savoury yet still fresh, perhaps with some new oak yet still fresh and might include wines with some bottle aged complexity.

19C Tempranillo dominant blends

20 Petit Verdot

21 Durif

22 Primitivo/zinfandel

23 Lagrein

24 Mataro/mourvedre/monastrell

25 Malbec

26 Sagrantino

27 Saperavi

28 Aglianico

29 Montepulciano

30 Graciano

31 Nero d’Avola

32A Other red Iberian varieties and blends varieties might include, but not limited to, mencia, sousão, tinta cão or touriga nacional. 

32B Other red Italian varieties and blends varieties might include, but not limited to, dolcetto, teroldego, marzemino, negroamaro or refosco.

32C Other red medium-bodied varieties and blends varieties might include, but not limited to, blaufrankisch, cabernet franc, chambourcin carmenere, cinsault, gamay, pinotage, St Laurent or tarrango and blends might include varieties listed in other classes.

32D Other red full-bodied varieties and blends varieties might include, but not limited to, alicante bouschet, Saint Macaire or tannat, and blends might include varieties listed in other classes.

33 Rosé

34 Sparkling red

 

Other

35 Sweet style wines

Styles might include late harvest, botrytis, ice-wine, partial drying or appassimento-style and cane-cut but NOT fortifieds, which have their own class (see Class 36 and Class 37). Varieties might include, but not limited to, hárslevelü, malvasia Istriana, orange muscat, picolit, trebbiano and viognier.

*Please note most wine made into a frizzante, sweet and low alcohol drink, commonly known as moscato or a moscato-style, are INELIGIBLE. Moscato must be made from a muscat variety and most are NOT alternative varieties in Australia due to extensive plantings and subsequent volumes. Those ineligible varieties include muscat gordo blanco also known as muscat of Alexandria, or muscat à petits grains with the words red, white or brown attached, or frontignac. However a wine that is made from an alternative muscat variety, for example moscato giallo, that is sweet and slightly sparkling would be permitted in this class.

36 Fortifieds styles and varieties might include, but not limited to, pedro ximenez, touriga or vintage and vermouth-styles. Please enter apera in Class 37

37 Apera traditionally made from palomino grapes styles include dry, medium-dry and medium-sweet.