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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > NEW WORLD: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Rhône Blends: Rest of the New World

Winner Details

New World: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Rhône Blends, Rest of the New World

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 13 Bronze: 9 Commended: 16
2015 Gold: 4 Silver: 11 Bronze: 9 Commended: 9

It’s obvious that the New World outside Australia has got its eye on Shiraz/Syrah: entries here have grown significantly over the past three years, and the medal count has grown with them.

For the most part, our tasters are happy with what they’re seeing. There’s plenty of fruit, but the wines tend to be balanced, and wineries, for the most part, seem to be resisting the temptation to over-extract or over-oak their creations, which is good to see.

That said, this is clearly very much still a variety that’s finding its feet in countries like Argentina, Chile and South Africa, which perhaps explains why the number of Golds was half that of last year. Another explanation, of course, could be the vagaries of vintage. This is definitely a factor in New Zealand, for instance, with 2014 (unsurprisingly) not hitting the stellar heights of 2013.

Overall though, this was a positive category, with lots of really good wines around the £10 mark. They’d be easy to sell and easy to like. Well worth a look.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘The pricing of the South African wines was an issue. It was ambitious. You can find a lot better value-for-money wines than a lot of what we had here. I wouldn’t necessarily say that Shiraz is the future in Stellenbosch.’ Piotr Tomaszewski, JKS Restaurants

‘The NZ Syrahs had a good acidity and the tannins were generally well integrated, with an attractive spiciness. The only problem is that while customers would be curious, they would probably still end up choosing a Pinot Noir!’ Adriana Valentini, Massimo Restaurant & Bar

‘There’s still a feeling that New World versions are muscular and powerful, and as long as they are in balance, I think that’s where they work best, to be honest.’ Giancarlo Cuccuru, Brackenbury Wine Rooms

‘It’s nice to have such a variety – some were lighter, ethereal and perfumed, and some hit with the classic strong character of the blend.’ Robert Mason, Cheese at Leadenhall

‘There are some very interesting Chilean examples from those winemakers who are letting their minds run wild a bit.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘Really very good value for money. As a guest I’d be happy to pay up to £70 for some of these Argentinian wines.’ Olivier Marie, team leader

“We get a lot of people looking for Shiraz/Syrah now.” Giancarlo Cuccuru, Brackenbury Wine Rooms

“These are very seasonal wines – real autumn and winter bottles.” Piotr Tomaszewski, JKS Restaurants

“The Chileans were great quality overall. They would sell like water in a grill restaurant.” Erik Simonics, The Savoy

Award winners

Found 20 wines

New World: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre & Rhône-style Blends, Rest of the New World

Errazuriz, Max Reserva, Syrah, 2013, Aconcagua Valley , Chile

Gold medal winner

A welcome return to the winners' enclosure for Errazuriz's concentrated Max Reserva. 'Complex nose with black fruit notes,' began Ivan Vegas of Fox Fine Wines & Spirits, continuing: 'Palate is soft with maturing tannins, good balance of fruit and acidity. Good length, and would be even better with food.' 'This is long and balanced, dry and fresh,' added The Cinnamon Club's Chantal Serrano, continuing: 'Chocolate and black fruit notes run alongside chewy tannins.'

£11.68 Hatch Mansfield , Matthew Clark

Peréz Cruz, Limited Edition, Syrah, 2014, Maipo Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

Andrés Ituarte of Avenue Restaurant noted 'lots of pepper and spice freshness with confected fruit', while team leader Olivier Marie enjoyed its 'floral notes of lilac and violet, with jasmine and apricot pit, ripe juicy tannins and balance'.

£12.33 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Luis Felipe Edwards, Marea, Syrah, 2012, Leyda Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

Bursting with fruit, according to team leader Olivier Marie, who said: 'Deep, dark ruby core with intense black jammy, stewed dark fruits with plums, cherries and blackcurrants, complemented by baking spices and lovely, finely ground, lacy tannins.' 'The palate is refreshing and elegant, with a long, brambly character,' added team leader Jade Koch.

£13.48 Matthew Clark

Veramonte, Ritual, Syrah, 2013, Casablanca Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

Finding 'wood smoke and green stem notes on the nose', Jonathan Kleeman of Social Eating House said: 'Will age well, with its rounded tannins, very ripe dark berries and redcurrants with a pinch of black pepper.' 'The palate is lean and long, while the nose is brambly with baked fruit,' added team leader Jade Koch.

£11.13 Please contact winery for further information

Trinity Hill, Syrah, 2014, Hawkes Bay , New Zealand

Silver medal winner

'Cassis-forward fruit on the nose, a little earthy in character. Juicy and easy to drink,' said Giancarlo Cuccuru of Brackenbury Wine Rooms, with team leader Tom Forrest adding: 'Soft red and black forest fruits, white pepper and fruitcake flavours with a drying, spicy finish.'

£10.10 Liberty Wines

Pascual Toso, Alta, Barrancas, Syrah, 2014, Mendoza , Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Outstanding wine with intense concentration of fruit,' began Jonathan Kleeman of Social Eating House, with team leader Olivier Marie agreeing: 'Succulent texture, sumptuous tannins, sweet and ripe with high-elevated acidity and notes of roasted coffee.'

£13.31 Kingsland

Morgan, Cotes du Crow's, Syrah/Grenache, 2013, Monterey, California , USA

Bronze medal winner

'California's take on a decent Rhône, juicy and refreshing style with a toasty note of oak,' said The Vineyard Group's James Hocking, while Tanguy Martin of La Trompette found it 'gamey, savoury, earthy and oaky'.

£12.80 Bibendum Wine

Casas Del Toqui, Casas Del Toqui, Gran Reserva Syrah, 2012, Cachapoal Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Ripe, jammy dark fruit with notes of clove, spice and vanilla. Intense concentration of flavour, showing ripe, well-integrated tannins,' said Charles Van Wyk of FJB Collection, concluding: 'Well made, gives you a lot of wine for your money.'

£7.99 Frederic Robinson

Maycas del Limarí, Sumaq, Reserva, Syrah √, 2012, Limarí Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Blood and guts nose, screams for a hot griddle,' enthused team leader Angela Reddin, adding: 'Very fruity mouthfeel, with an ironstone mineral edge and good herbal-spice finish.'

£8.28 Bibendum Wine

Oveja Negra, Pastures New, 2013, Maule Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

Michael Fiducia of Drake's Restaurant found 'bramble and wood spice, leading to a dry, soft palate', while team leader Angela Reddin noted 'dark autumn fruits but some lightness on the finish'.

£16.43 Please contact winery for further information

Undurraga, TH Syrah, 2012, Maipo Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Clean, with ripe, sweet tannins, good use of oak bringing vanilla and coconut notes, along with dill herbal notes,' said team leader Olivier Marie, concluding: 'Commercial but pleasant and well balanced.' 'Rich fruit with a rustic edge, bits of green complement more than distract,' added Andrés Ituarte of Avenue Restaurant.

£8.81 González Byass

Blank Canvas, Syrah, 2014, Hawkes Bay , New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

'Juicy red!' exclaimed Adriana Valentini of Massimo Restaurant & Bar, continuing: 'Deep, black berry fruit style. Its relatively high acidity and shyish nose suggest this will improve further. Nice, elegant finish and good value for money.'

£16.95 Liberty Wines

Tabalí, Reserva Especial Syrah, 2012, Limarí Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£7.47 Boutinot

Tamaya, T, Limited Release, Syrah, 2012, Limarí Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Valdivieso , Caballo Loco, Grand Cru, Limarí , 2012, Limarí Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£18.54 Bibendum Wine

MontGras, Ninquén, Antu, Syrah √, 2014, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£9.67 Enotria&Coe

Viu Manent , ViBo, Punta del Viento √, 2013, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Vidal , Reserve, Syrah , 2013, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay , New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Tinpot Hut, Syrah , 2013, Hawkes Bay , New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£13.00 Liberty Wines

Joel Gott, Alakai, Grenache, 2012, California , USA

Commended medal winner