Can you answer the questions to become a Master of Wine?

Can you answer the questions to become a Master of Wine?

The Institute of Masters of Wine has published the questions for the Master of Wine 2022 examination, including the list of wines for the practical (tasting) part. From 26 to 29 July, 103 students took the theory and practical exams in Adelaide, London and Napa.

The tests constitute the second phase of the Master of Wine study programme. Over a period of four days, the students took three blind practical tests of 12 wines. There were five theory tests on topics ranging from viticulture to winemaking, from pre-bottling procedures to wine processing in the cellar. There were also questions on topics related to the wine business and current affairs.

The Master of Wine aspirants who successfully passed the theoretical and practical examinations of the second phase will move on to the third phase, the “Research paper“: the final level of the MW study programme. Only eighty-six of the 103 students who took the blind tasting of 12 wines in the morning and the theoretical examination in the afternoon passed the first phase on 25 July.

The list of wines and questions in English used for the first stage assessment was released by the Institute of Masters of Wine. Can you answer the questions to become a Master of Wine?

STAGE ONE ASSESSMENT (S1A) 2022 PRACTICAL PAPER
Question 1

Wines 1-3 come from three different regions within the same country and are made from three different, single grape varieties.

With reference to all three wines:

  1. Identify the (15 marks)

For each wine:

  1. Identify the origin as closely as possible, with reference to the grape variety (3 x 8 marks)
  2. Comment on style, quality and commercial (3 x 12 marks)
Question 2

Wines 4-6 come from the same region. With reference to all three wines:

  1. Identify the region, specifying the origins of each wine as closely as (30 marks)
  2. Compare and contrast quality in the context of the region of origin. (24 marks) For each wine:
  3. Discuss maturity with reference to (3 x 7 marks)
Question 3

Wines 7-9 come from three different countries. Each is made from a different, single grape variety.

For each wine:

  1. Identify the grape variety and the origin as closely as (3 x 10 marks)
  2. Comment on (3 x 7 marks)
  3. Comment on style and commercial (3 x 8 marks)
Question 4

Wines 10-12 come from the same region. With reference to all three wines:

  1. Identify the (15 marks)

For each wine:

  1. Assess quality in the context of the region of (3 x 8 marks)
  2. Comment on maturity and capacity to age, with specific reference to (3 x 12 marks)
ESAME MASTER OF WINE 2022: I VINI ALLA CIECA
  1. Heytesbury Chardonnay, Vasse Felix, Margaret River, Australia. (13.0%)
  2. Sauvignon Blanc, Shaw+ Smith, Adelaide Hills, Australia. (12.5%)
  3. The Florita Riesling, Jim Barry, Clare Valley, Australia. (12.5%)
  4. Julien, Chateau Langoa Barton, 2010. Bordeaux, France. (13%)
  5. Estephe, Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, 2018. Bordeaux, France. (14.5%)
  6. Emilion Grand Cru, Chateau Moulin St Georges, 2015. Bordeaux, France. (14.5%)
  7. Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru, Demaine des Forges, Loire Valley, France. (11.0%).
  8. Noble One, De Bertoli, New South Wales, Australia. (12.7%)
  9. Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia, Constantia, South Africa. (14%)
  10. Vintage Port, Taylor’s, Douro Valley, Portugal. (20.5%)
  11. Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port, Taylor’s, Douro Valley, Portugal. (20%)
  12. LBV Port, Taylor’s, Douro Valley, Portugal. (20%)
THEORY PAPER – MASTER OF WINE 2022

TWO questions to be answered, ONE from Section A and ONE from Section B.

Section A Question 1

Can small independent wine retailers compete with large chains on price? How else can they compete effectively? (Paper 4)

Section B Question 2

Discuss the current role and potential future use of hybrids in viticulture (Paper 1).

Question 3

Outline the key considerations in deciding which pre-bottling treatments to use for each of the following:

  1. a vegan wine;
  2. an orange wine;
  3. an organic wine; and
  4. a mass-market, inexpensive wine. (Paper 3)

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