Syrah du Monde ® Awards Medals to World’s Best Syrah/Shiraz Wines

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013
Syrah du Monde
The 7th edition of the Syrah du Monde® international wine competition, organised by Forum Œnologie, has just come to an end. over the course of three days, international experts tasted 423 Syrah/Shiraz wines from all over the world.
Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2013 winners, which comes as no surprise for a grape variety currently enjoying rapid growth. Strict quality standards and optimal tasting conditions enabled the international judges to award 141 medals (31 gold, 110 silver) that are recognized as a reliable criterion for selection.

From the 15 to 17 of May 2013, in Ampuis Castle of Ampuis, France, an international wine competition - Syrah du Monde® - recognised the world’s best Syrah/Shiraz wines, awarding reliable and representative medals. This competition is founded on a single conviction that distinctive marks of quality are the key to differentiation and to the promotion of medalwinning wines in a highly competitive and often complex marketplace. Medal-winning wineries can use their medals to develop the recognized quality of their wines.

Syrah du Monde® 2013 brought together 423 wines from 28 countries, making this competition one of the world’s top events for Syrah/Shiraz wines. This marvelous success illustrates the impressive growth that this Rhone varietal has enjoyed since the 1970s.

Syrah du Monde® has carved out a place of its own amongst wine competitions, thanks to its international flavour and its rigorous methods. During the three days of tasting under optimal conditions, the international expert judges awarded 141 medals in accordance with international wine competition regulations and in strict compliance with Quality Assurance requirements. Syrah du Monde® has progressively distinguished itself from other international competitions thanks to quality standards that are much stricter than the norm and by remaining faithful to its founding principles: diversity, quality and high standards.

At the top of the best Syrah du Monde® 2013

From the award list, we are pleased to announce the Syrah wines with the best notations. The Top 10 ranking has a strong international diversity. Six countries appear among the world’s best Syrah/Shiraz wines 2013. Greece, South Africa and France occupy the first three places with Portugal, Switzerland and Australia. France obtains six Gold Medals. Greece ranking at the top of the Top 10 list.

Highlights 2013

Geographical diversity: With representation from 28 countries and 423 wines, Syrah du Monde® offers a variety of Syrah/Shiraz wines rarely equaled in competitions of this level. This makes it one of the most significant and legitimate qualitative competitions in recognizing the world’s best Syrah/Shiraz wines.

A strong increase in the participation of wines from Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey.

From France, the good participation of Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and the northern and southern Rhone Valley is noted with a lower participation of rosés wines.

Two new countries took part in the competition: Jordan and Azerbaijan.

Top 10 Best Syrah du Monde® 2013*

Country           Product                                                                      Winery
Greece            Fleva Syrah 2011                                                        Domaine Skouras SA
South Africa     Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2009                     Kleine Zalze
France             Pays d'Oc IGP Jean Claude Mas Syrah - Les Garrigues
                       2012                                                                        Les Domaines Paul Mas
France             Costières de Nîmes - La Réserve du Marquis Chateau
                       Lamargue 2009                                                         Lamargue
France             Côtes de Provence Château des Launes - Cuvée
                      Signature 2011                                                          SAS Château des Launes
France             Côtes du Rhône Villages GT-S 2011                           SARL Leplan - Vermeersch
France             Cornas - Arènes Sauvages 2010                                 Cave de Tain l’Hermitage
France             Saint Joseph - Cuvée Anaïs 2010                                Domaine du Chêne
Portugal           Alentejano - Cem Reis Syrah Reserva 2011                 Michael Brian Mollet
Switzerland      Valais AOC Syrah La Madeleine 2011                           Cave la Madeleine
Australia          The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz                               Galvanized Wine Group

* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the Top 10 2013 includes 11 wines.

Medal-Winning Countries

Six countries are included in the 2013 Top 10: Greece, South Africa, Australia, France, Switzerland and Portugal. Six French wines are among the Top 10 best Syrah wines.

In Europe, Switzerland, Portugal and France distinguished themselves with several medals. Outside Europe, Chile, Australia, Argentina and South Africa stood out.

Diversity of Sensorial Expression Each of the wines that distinguished themselves at Syrah du Monde® did so because of their own distinctive quality, not in comparison to other wines. A favourable score was given to wines with good Syrah varietal character, and a well-balanced oak was considered to be a plus. However, oakiness was marked down if it masked varietal aromas and flavours.

Several gold and silver medals were awarded to wines with well-balanced alcohol levels and with aroma intensity and depth including a wide range from exotic to traditional. In the mouth, harmonious tannins and fine expressions of aging were favourably evaluated.

Several marks of quality were awarded to younger wines and to rosé wines whose aromatic complexity and soft tannins won over the judges.

Sparkling wines and late-harvest or ice wines also received favourable mention. This event was a unique opportunity to bring together and discover Syrah/Shiraz wine in all its forms: red, rosé, still, sparkling, dry or sweet.

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