From L-R: Associate Judge Ben Thoman (Orlando Wines), Tony Robinson (Treasury Wine Estates) and Chairman of Judges Matt Harrop (Shadowfax Wines). Image by John Kruger. Copyright Barossa Grape & Wine Association.
ASVO Director, Tony Robinson (Treasury Wine Estates) and Ben Thoman (Orlando Wines) were announced Dux of the 2016 Barossa Wine Assessment Training at a dinner held in the Barossa last week.
Each year the Barossa Grape & Wine Association (BGWA) and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) offer applicants an opportunity to undertake the two-day AWRI Barossa Wine Assessment Training. The course is open to members of the Barossa Wine Community and involves a comprehensive tasting of a series of white and red varietal wines under blind-tasting wine show conditions. Participants are assessed and the six people with the highest overall wine assessment marks, are invited to be Associate Judges at the annual Barossa Wine Show, which was held last week.
The training measures the wine tasting ability of participants using statistical analysis to provide a ‘snapshot’ of their tasting performance throughout the course. Participants are also evaluated on their ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other wine judges and their skill in explaining their reasoning for assessing wines at different quality levels.
Tony was one of 12 people who completed the Barossa Wine Assessment Training in June this year and was subsequently named as one of the six Associate Judges at the 2016 Barossa Wine Show.