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Shiraz World Tasting
Syrah du Monde® Awards Medals to World’s Best Syrah/Shiraz Wines
The 8th 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 405/Shiraz wines from all over the world. Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2014 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 136 medals (42 gold, 94 silver) that are recognised as a reliable criterion for selection.
From the 14 and 16 of May 2014, 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® 2014 brought together 405 wines from 26 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 136 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® 2014
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 2014. South Africa and Bulgaria occupy the first two places with Australia, Macedonia, France and Turkey. France obtains two Gold Medals on Top 10. South Africa ranking at the top of the Top 10 list.
Geographical diversity: With representation from 26 countries and 405 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 increase in the 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.
Three new countries took part in the competition: Japan, Serbia, and Slovakia.
Six countries are included in the 2014 Top 10: South Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Macedonia and Turkey. Six French wines are among the Top 10 best Syrah wines. Four South African, two Australians and two French wines are among the best Syrah wines (Ranking Top 10). At the top of the Top 10 one South African wine.
In Europe, Switzerland, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and France distinguished themselves with several medals.
Outside Europe, Chile, Australia, Argentina, 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.
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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 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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