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How wines are assessed

When is comes to assessing wines, Platter's uses two judging methods: label-sighted and blind tasting (with no label showing).

Label-sighted assessment

Since Platter’s is primarily a wine guide, and not a wine competition, our expert tasters initially assess the wines sighted, to assist learning as much as possible about the intent of the producer and the wine’s back-story, as well as vital details such as site and climate. Then, when it comes to the Five Star tasting, we shift to a blind tasting format as we are then comparing wines against each other within categories for the ultimate accolade.

Blind tasting

For the last few years, all wines that were scored 4.5 stars and up in the primary (sighted) tasting round have been re-tasted in a Five Star taste-off where small panels of experts assess all these wines blind to find the Five Star laureates. The highest-rated wines have therefore undergone multiple rounds of stringent tasting and are truly exceptional wines.