Now in its 10th edition, the purpose of the “Matilde di Canossa – Terre di Lambrusco” wine competition is to highlight and promote the best production of dry, semi-dry, semisweet and sweet Lambrusco wine, as well as awarding and encouraging the wine-making enterprises to continuously improve the quality of their products.
Wine-making enterprises with head-quarters and/or plants in the provinces of Reggio Emilia, Modena, Parma and Mantua (the classic production zone) may take part in the competition.
The Competition is reserved to Dop and Igp sparkling wines and Dop and Igp spumante wines – classic and charmat method – made with at least 85% of Lambrusco grape varieties of the following designations: Colli di Parma Dop, Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa Dop, Modena Dop, Lambrusco di Sorbara Dop, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Dop, Lambrusco Mantovano Dop, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce Dop, Reggiano Dop, Emilia Igp Lambrusco, Provincia di Mantova Igp Lambrusco, Quistello Igp Lambrusco, Sabbioneta Igp Lambrusco.
The wines presented at the 10th “Matilde di Canossa – Terre di Lambrusco” Competition were produced with grapes from the 2018, 2017 and/or previous harvests and the enterprises were allowed to present one single bottling lot for each sparkling and/or spumante wine label of each vintage.
Formed following lots drawn in public, the Commissions comprise 5 oenologists, at least three of whom work in Emilia, a sommelier and a specialist in the wine sector. The assessment method used is the one established by “Union Internationale des Oenologues”, which judges the wine visually (clarity, perlage and colour), according to its aroma (frankness, intensity, fineness and harmony), flavour and flavour/aroma (frankness, intensity, body, harmony and persistence). Each member of the Commission expresses his personal opinion.
The samples are presented to the Commissions for assessment in a strictly anonymous way, or with an indication as to the Controlled designation of origin or the Typical geographical indication and the type.
The final score obtained by each sample in the Competition is established by the arithmetical average of the individu¬al numeric scores, with the highest and lowest score having been eliminated.
The wines of each of the designations of origin and each of the geographical indications that obtain a score of 80/100 or more, are selected ex aequo, up to a maximum 40% of the samples participating in the Competition for each designation of origin and geographical indication.
The 3 wines of each of the designations of origin and geo¬graphical indications that obtain the highest score undergo a further evaluation, conducted by two different commissions. The wine from each designation of origin and geographical indication that obtains the highest score comes first in its respective category, and is awarded a gold medal diploma. This diploma is awarded only provided that at least 3 samples were selected at the initial evaluation stage for each designation of origin or geographical indication.
The wine competition will take place on 23 and 24 May 2019.