Syrah du Monde®

Shiraz World Tasting

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

The 9th 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 418 Syrah/Shiraz wines from all over the world. Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2015 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 139 medals (38 gold, 101 silver) that are recognised as a reliable criterion for selection.

From the 20 to 22 of May 2015, 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® 2015 brought together 418 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 139 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® 2015

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 2015. Australia and France occupy the first two places with South Africa, Macedonia, Portugal and Canada. France obtains four Gold Medals on Top 10.

Medals distribution
Gold Medals 38
Silver Medals 101

Top Ten Best Syrah du Monde® 2015*
Country Product Winery

Luberon Gardarèm 2012 Marrenon

Terremoto Mc Laren Vale Single Vineyard Syrah 2011 Serafino Wines

Ten Barrels Syrah Reserva 2012 Château Kamnik - Micei International

The Everest Shiraz 2013 Château Tanunda Estate

Vino Regional Alentejano - Cem Reis Syrah Reserva 2013 Michael Brian Mollet - Herdade da Maroteira

South Africa
Groot Constantia Shiraz 2013 Groot Constantia Wine Estate

Saint Joseph Septentrio 2013 Cave Saint Désirat

Cornas - Vin Biologique 2012 Cave de Tain l’Hermitage

Burrowing Owl Estate Syrah - VQA Okanagan Valley 2012 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Pays d'Oc IGP - Art de Vivre Syrah - Le plaisir du Fruit 2014 SPH Gérard Bertrand

Jacob's Creek Classic Shiraz Rosé 2014 Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Sparkling Shiraz Pernod Ricard Winemakers
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the TOP 10 2015 includes 12 wines.

Highlights 2015

Geographical diversity: With representation from 26 countries and 418 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

Six countries are included in the 2015 Top 10: South Africa, Australia, Canada, France, Macedonia and Portugal. Four Australians and four French wines, one South Africain, one Canadian, one Macedonian and one Portuguese wines are among the Top 10 best Syrah wines (Ranking Top 10). At the top of the Top 10 one French wine.

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

Outside Europe, Morocco, Brazil, Greece, Mexico, USA, Chile, Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Thailand 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 2016

The 10th annual Syrah du Monde® confrontation will be held in May 2016.

Syrah du Monde 2015

The 2015 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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