Syrah du Monde®

Shiraz World Tasting

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

The 11rd edition of the Syrah du Monde® international wine competition, organised by Forum Œnologie, has just come to an end. Over the course of two days, international experts tasted 372 Syrah/Shiraz wines from all over the world. Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2017 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 123 medals (33 gold, 90 silver) that are recognised as a reliable criterion for selection.

From the 17 to 18 of May 2017, 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® 2017 brought together 372 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 two days of tasting under optimal conditions, the international expert judges awarded 126 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® 2017

Six countries appear among the world’s best Syrah/Shiraz wines 2017 South Africa and Australia occupy the first two places with France, Bulgaria, Mexico and Canada. France obtains three Gold Medals on Top 10. Mexico enters for the first time in the Top Ten ranking.

Medals distribution
Gold Medals 33
Silver Medals 90

Top Ten Best Syrah du Monde® 2017*
Country Product Winery

South Africa
Driehoek Cederberg Shiraz 2014 Driehoek Wines

Peter Lehmann - Barossa Futures Shiraz 2014 Casella Family Brands

Pays d’Oc IGP Beauvignac - Rosé de Syrah 2016 Cave Coopérative Les Costières de Pomerols

South Africa
Constitution Road Shiraz 2013 Robertson Winery

Katarzyna Encore Syrah 2011 Katarzyna Estate LTD

Krondorf Symmetry Barossa Shiraz 2014 Pinnacle Drinks

Costières de Nîmes Château de la Tuilerie – Syrah 2016 Château de la Tuilerie

Midalidare Grand Vintage Syrah 2013 Midalidare Estate LTD

Casa Grande Gran Reserva Shiraz 2013 Vinicola San Lorenzo, SA de CV

Church States Syrah - Okanagan Valley BC VQA 2014 Church and State Wines

Costières de Nîmes Excellence Rouge 2015 Mas des Bressades
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2017 includes 11 wines.

Highlights 2017

Geographical diversity: With representation from 26 countries and 372 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 and Turkey.

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

Medal-Winning Countries

Six countries are included in the 2017 Top 10: South Africa, Australia, France, Bulgaria, Mexico and Canada. At the top of the Top 10 one Switzerland wine.

In Europe, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Germany and France distinguished themselves with several medals. Outside Europe, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Chile, Japan, Mexico and Turkey stood out.

The sparkling Syrah wines from Australia and France are well positioned among the award wines list.

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 2018

The 12th annual Syrah du Monde® confrontation will be held on May 16-18, 2018.

Syrah du Monde 2017

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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