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These wines can range from light dry table wine types to full bodied sweet after-dinner types, and can include dry or sweet aperitif types.
The main criteria are that the wine should be clean and sound, and that it is in balance for the particular class in which it is entered. In a class described simply as ‘Red Elderberry, Sweet’, wines of table wine strength and those with after-dinner characteristics are equally acceptable – the wine having the best bouquet, flavour and balance (appropriate to the class) should be the winner.
When judging named ingredient wine classes, one can often detect other ingredients, such as grape concentrate, sultanas or elderflower and, while these may improve the wine, they may blur recognition of the named ingredient. If the characteristics of the other ingredient(s) do not predominate over those of the named ingredient, the entry is acceptable. It is also accepted that a mature wine may have developed additional prominent odours and flavours markedly different from those of the original named ingredients.

Last updated: 03/12/09
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