Syrah du Monde®

Shiraz World Tasting

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

The 12th 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 347 Syrah/Shiraz wines from all over the world. Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2018 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 115 medals (30 gold, 85 silver) that are recognised as a reliable criterion for selection.

From the 16 to 17 of May 2018, 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® 2018 brought together 347 wines from 24 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 115 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® 2018

Among all the medal-winning wines, we are pleased to introduce you to the Syrah wines that have obtained the best scores from the tasting.

The Top 10 ranking has a strong international diversity.

Medals distribution
Gold Medals 30
Silver Medals 85

Top Ten Best Syrah du Monde® 2018*
Country Product Winery

Lazio IGT - IGP Casale del Giglio Mater Matuta Rosso 2015 Casale del Giglio Az. Agr.

Somontano Do Enate Syrah - Shiraz 2013 Vined. y Crianz. del Alto Aragon Sa - Bodega Enate

Casa Madero Casa Grande Gran Reserva Shiraz 2014 Vinicola San Lorenzo

Katarzyna Encore Syrah 2012 Katarzyna Estate

Kellermeister The Meister Eden Valley Shiraz 2015 Kellermeister

South Africa
Bon Courage Estate The Pepper Tree Shiraz 2016 Bon Courage Wine Estate

Lazio IGP Famiglia Cotarella Ogra 2013 Famiglia Cotarella

Crozes-Hermitage Cave de Tain - Terroirs d’Exception LA 2015 Cave de Tain l’Hermitage

St Hugo Barossa Shiraz 2015 Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Vin de France Le Plan GT-S Grand Terroir Syrah 2016 Leplan - Vermeersch

Evia PGI Avantis Estate Princess Sweet Red Wine 2014 Avantis Estate

Valais AOC Gregor Kuonen - Grandmaître Syrah - Élevé en fût de chêne 2015 Gregor Kuonen - Caveau de Salquenen

Kayra Vintage Shiraz 2016 Mey Icki Sanayi Ve Ticaret
* Some wines are rigorously equal thus the Top 10, 2018 includes 13 wines.

Highlights 2018

Geographical diversity: With representation from 24 countries and 347 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, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Chile and Canada.

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

Ten countries are included in the 2018 Top 10: Italy, Spain, Mexico, Bulgaria, Australia, South Africa, France, Greece, Switzerland and Turkey.

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 2019

The 13th annual Syrah du Monde® confrontation will be held on May 15-16, 2019.

Syrah du Monde 2018

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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