Syrah du Monde®

Shiraz World Tasting

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

The 10th 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 374 Syrah/Shiraz wines from all over the world. Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2016 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 124 medals (35 gold, 89 silver) that are recognised as a reliable criterion for selection.

From the 11 to 13 of May 2016, in Ampuis Castle in Ampuis, France, an international wine competition - Syrah du Monde® - recognized 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 medal-winning 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® 2016 brought together 374 wines from 23 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 124 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® 2016

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. Nine countries appear among the world’s best Syrah/Shiraz wines 2016. Switzerland and Australia occupy the first two places with South Africa. France obtains two Gold Medals on Top 10.

Medals distribution
Gold Medals 35
Silver Medals 89

Top Ten Best Syrah du Monde® 2016*
Country Product Winery

Valais AOC Terra Solis Syrah 2012 Domaine des Moines

Jaraman Shiraz - Clare Valley - Mc Laren Vale 2014 Wakefield - Taylors Wines

South Africa
Simonsig Syrah Merindol 2008 Simonsig Wine Estate

South Africa
The Bernard series Organic wine Syrah 2012 DGB Ltd

Stonewell Shiraz - Barossa 2011 Casella Wines

Vin de France Le Plan GT-S - Grand Terroir Syrah 2014 Leplan - Vermeersch

Pays d'Oc IGP Camplazens Syrah 2015 Château Camplazens

Campo de Borja Do - Zarihs de Shiraz 2013 Bodegas Borsao

Vinho Regional Alentejano Incognito 2012 Cortes de Cima

Granmonte The Orient Syrah - Asoke Valley 2014 Asoke Valley Winery

Cachapoal Valley Do - Gran Toqui Syrah 2013 Casas del Toqui

Princess Sweet Red Wine Syrah 2013 Avantis Estate
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2016 includes 12 wines.

Highlights 2016

Geographical diversity: With representation from 23 countries and 374 wines, Syrah du Monde® offers a variety of Syrah/Shiraz wines rarely equalled 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 participation of wines from Australia, South-Africa, Bulgaria, 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.

Medal-Winning Countries

Nine countries are included in the 2016 Top 10: Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, France, Spain, Portugal, Thailand, Chile and Greece. At the top of the Top 10 one Switzerland wine.

In Europe, Switzerland, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary and France distinguished themselves with several medals.

Outside Europe, Morocco, Greece, Mexico, Chile, Australia, South Africa and Thailand 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 favorable 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 favorably 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 favorable 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.

Syrah du Monde 2017

The 11th annual Syrah du Monde® confrontation will be held in May 2017.

Syrah du Monde 2016

The results are available

2011 Results

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Syrah du Monde® is an oganisation of the association Forum Œnologie

Forum Œnologie also organizes

International Competition between the best Chardonnay in the World

International Competition Alliances du Monde®

International Sparkling wines Competition: Effervescents du Monde®

International Competition between the best Muscats in the World

The international Wine and Vine films Festival: OENOVIDEO

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