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The 5th International competition, of the best Syrah varietal wine in the world, held under the banner of SYRAH DU MONDE - and organised by Forum OEnologie was held between the 11th and 13th of May, 2011, at the Chateau d'Ampius in the village of Ampius in the Northern Rhone Valley, France. This competition is the top, international confrontation of the world's best Syrah/Shiraz varietal wines, and the award of gold and silver medals denote distinctive marks of quality of the medal-winning wines in a highly competitive and often complex marketplace.
Syrah du Monde 2011, brought together 383 wines from 24 different countries, making this competition one of the world's top events for Syrah/Shiraz wines. This marvellous success illustrates the impressive growh that this Rhone varietal has enjoyed since the 1970's, and makes it one of the most signifanct and legitimate qualitative competitions in recognizing the world's best Syrah/Shiraz wines.
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During the three days of tasting under strict optimal conditions, the International Panel of expert Judges awarded a total of 128 medals divided in 34 Gold for the superlative wines and 94 Silver medals for the excellent wines in this varietal category. Tasting and scoring was done in accordance with international wine competition regulations and strict compliance with Quality Assurance requirements. In this competition quality standards are stricter than the norm and are in accordance with Syrah Du Monde's founding principles of: Diversity, Quality and High Standards.
Each of the wines that distinguished themselves, and were awarded medals at Syrah du Monded 2011, did so because of their own distictive qualities and not in comparison to other wines. Favourable scores were given to wines with good Syrah varietal character, and a well-balanced oak flavour was considered to be a plus. However, oakiness was marked down if it masked varietal aromas and flavours. Several gold medals were awarded to wines with well-balanced alcohol levels and with aroma intensity and depth including a wide range from exotic to traditional. On the palate, harmonious tannins and fine expressions of aging were favourably evaluated.
Several marks of quality were awarded to younger wines and rose' wines whose aromatic complexity and soft tannins impressed and won over the Judges.
Various sparkling wines and late-harvest or ice wines also received favourable mention.
This competition is a unique opportunity to bring together and discover the best international Syrah/Shiraz wines in all manner of form: Red; Rose'; Sparkling: Still; Dry or Sweet, hence exposing the diversity of this prime and noble grape variety.
The following list indicate the:
TEN SYRAH WINE BRANDS AT THE TOP OF THE BEST SYRAH DU MONDE 2011 RESULTS.
Six countries appear among the world's ten best Syrah/Shiraz wines for 2011, and these are France, Switzerland, South Africa, Australia, Italy and Bulgaria.
- Country: Product: Winery:
1. France: Pays d'Oc IGP Syrah les epices 2009 - Domaine Le Yeuses.
2. Switzerland: Valais AOC Syrah du Valais Eleve en Barriques 2009 - Cave la Madeleine.
3. South Africa: Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Shiraz 2008 - Distell.
4. Italy: Cortona Doc Il Bosco Syrah 2007 - Tenimenti Luigi D'Alessandro s.r.l.
5. France: Crozes Hermitage Les Hauts du Fief 2009 - Cave de Taine l'Hermitage.
6. South Africa: Franschhoek Cellar Baker Station Shiraz 2009 - DGB Ltd.
7. France: Vin de Pays d'Oc Camplazens Syrah 2010 - Scea Chateau Complazens.
8. Australia: Mum's Block Barossa Valley Shiraz 2008 - Cellarmaster Wines Pty. Ltd.
9. Bulgaria: Encore Syrah 2007 - Katarzyna Estate.
10. Australia: Cumulus Shraz 2008 - Cumulus Wines Pty. Ltd.
The Gold Medals by country were awarded as follows:
France 8; Australia 7; South Africa 6; Switzerland 4; Chile 2; Italy 2; Bulgaria 2; Spain 1; Greece 1; Portugal 1.
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