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South Africa shines at the Syrah du Monde awards again

Syrah du Monde®, is an International Competition that recognises the world’s best Syrah/Shiraz wines by awarding them reliable and thus representative medals each year.  This competition is based on a single conviction: distinctive marks of quality are the key to real differentiation and thus to enhancing the value of the wines. The Top Ten Best Syrah du Monde® for 2010 includes two from South Africa!

Syrah du Monde® is the only international wine competition dedicated solely to this varietal. Amongst the world’s six most widely planted grape varieties, Syrah’s reputation is now firmly established. Used in some of the world’s greatest red wines, its strong personality gives these wines a unique character. All over the world, as a function of terroir, climate and winemaking techniques, Syrah yields rich, complex wines with great aroma potential.

Syrah is currently enjoying rapid growth with exceptional results in many regions around the world. One of the missions of Syrah du Monde® is to gather together the widest possible selection of Syrah/Shiraz wines, thus offering our eminently qualified tasters the possibility to examine an extraordinarily complex array of aromas: raspberry, black currant, blueberry, liquorice, cachou, violet, vanilla, black olive, pepper, smoke, tobacco, truffles, leather, undergrowth, game, amber and many others.

Thanks to the aromatic richness of the world’s Syrah/Shiraz wines, this competition provides a major edge for communication. For wineries, it is an occasion to promote the quality of their products. For the consumer, it’s the guarantee offered by a high-level professional competition when selecting wines.

Over the course of three days, international experts tasted 387 Syrah/Shiraz wines from all over the world. Diversity and quality are the watchwords for the 2010 winners. Strict quality standards and optimal tasting conditions enabled the international judges to award 130 medals (37 gold, 93 Silver) that are recognised as a reliable criterion for selection – of which South African wines walked away with 17 medals in total!

The Top Ten ranking has a strong international diversity. Five countries appear among the world’s ten best Syrah/ Shiraz wines 2010. South Africa, Chile and France occupy the first places with Australia, and the United States. The Top Ten Best Syrah du Monde® for 2010 includes two from South Africa – The Mentors Shiraz 2008 from KWV and Black Marble Hill Syrah 2007 from Rhebokskloof Wine Estate. Click here for a complete list of all the Medal Winners from South Africa!

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