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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > NEW WORLD: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Rhône Blends, Rest of the New World inc: Argentina &

Winner Details

New World: Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre & Rhône Blends, Rest of the New World including Argentina, Chile, New Zealand & US

2018 Gold 0      Silver 4      Bronze 5      Commended 9
2017 Gold 3      Silver 4      Bronze 6      Commended 10

This was a slightly strange category. On the one hand, you could look at the dearth of Gold medals and think it was a disaster; on the other, the overall medal count was pretty good and the feedback from our tasters generally positive. All in all, it suggests a series of wines that our tasters liked a lot – but as friends, rather than potential marriage material.

Chile can probably feel itself the hardest done by. Few of its categories were popular this year – but this one genuinely was, at least in the first round of judging, so the lack of Golds is perhaps a little harsh. They should persevere – good things are happening west of the Andes with this grape.

New Zealand was, perhaps, more of a disappointment. Not many entries for what is, admittedly, very much a niche grape – but our tasters generally like the Kiwi Syrah style a lot, so it would have been nice to get a few more of them.

On the plus side, it was good to see a few US Syrah medals – they’ve been rare beasts over the course of SWA. Maybe something to build on next year.


‘Chile isn’t necessarily where you look for this blend, but the flight was quite consistent, with good typicity, good structure and good concentration. They’re more earthy and austere, in a good way.’ Olivier Gasselin, Hakkasan

‘The Chileans are clearly a New World style, more concentrated and dense, compared to the more mineral French counterparts. These had blackberry, black pepper, and a touch of earthiness.’ Masahito Suzuki, The Sosharu company

‘You wouldn’t put any [of the Chileans] away for five years and come back to them, but if you wanted an enjoyable bottle without too much oak, I’d give you this. Other New World examples can be very cooked and heavier, but these had a lightness and general freshness that makes them more appealing.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘You expect quality from New Zealand and you get it. They’ve all got plenty of acidity and they’re dry – they have the cool climate stamp – but they’re not lacking in body and guts.’ Charlie Young, Vinoteca

Award winners

Found 18 wines

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

Coopers Creek, Chalk Ridge, Syrah 2015, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

A hearty, full style, which impressed Coq d’Argent’s Lazaros Engonopoulos with its ‘sweet plum, red apple and tobacco aromas, tomato leaf and good structure on the palate, young and vibrant but rounded, with a solid red fruit and spice core’.

£13.02 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Valle Secreto, First Edition, Syrah 2015, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

A ‘superbly juicy mouthful’, began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, highlighting a ‘lightly green and tarry nose, mid-weight and lively palate with a light line of tannin’, summing it all up as ‘refreshing’.

£10.35 EWGA

Firestone, Syrah 2014, Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA

Silver medal winner

Enjoyed by Yohann Pinol of Wiltons, this Syrah offered ‘great, deep colour, complex and intense aromas of plum and ripe black berries, for a rich and well-balanced wine, well structured with good length’. ‘Pretty full, and red fruit bursts out, oak mostly integrated,’ added Vinoteca’s Charlie Young.

£12.62 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Valdivieso, Caballo Loco, Grand Cru, Limarí, Syrah 2013, Limarí Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

For team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW this was ‘immediately lovable for its plump and juicy, fleshy style, all red plums and mandarin, while the tannin overlay is subtle, and elegant on the finish’. The Social Company’s Masahito Suzuki also picked up notes of ‘earthy spices, cloves and black berries’.

£20.28 Bibendum

Echeverria, Gran Reserva, Syrah 2014, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

The ‘earthy undergrowth, forest floor, leafy’ character stood out for Hakkasan’s Olivier Gasselin, who also enjoyed its ‘savoury plum, dried herbs, tapenade, tomato leaf and pleasant, juicy finish’.

£9.16 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Charles Smith, Boom Boom, Syrah 2015, Washington State, USA

Bronze medal winner

This one grew on Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, who found ‘plum and mint on the nose, an attractive palate, both ripe and pure, dry, and pretty special actually’. ‘Needs some food, but a very vibrant wine with good structure,’ thought Yohann Pinol of Wiltons.

£13.88 Bibendum

Luis Felipe Edwards, Marea, Syrah 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Combining ‘red fruit and leather in its savoury/ripe aromas’, began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, who found a ‘supple palate, plenty of freshness and mouthwatering character, a savoury rasp of tannin and hints of black olive to finish’.

£13.60 Matthew Clark

Chateau Ste Michelle, Syrah 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA

Bronze medal winner

Full of ‘caramelised roasted plums and stone fruit’, said Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia, backed by ‘plenty of subtle structure and grip’. Team leader Tom Forrest also noted ‘warm clove and cinnamon oak, soft, squishy strawberries and nice balance’.

£11.21 Enotria&Coe, The Wine Treasury

Craggy Range, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Syrah 2015, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

‘Plum and dark chocolate with sweet tobacco leaf and dark cherry character,’ began Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection, while Coq d’Argent’s Lazaros Engonopoulos enjoyed its ‘gentle black fruit and baked cake aromas, vanilla and notes of coconut and biscuit, with an intense, good finish’.

£18.23 Bibendum

Vidal, Reserve, Syrah 2016, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Man O'War, Dreadnought, Syrah 2013, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£24.89 Enotria&Coe

Ventisquero, Pangea, Apalta Vineyards, Syrah 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Trinity Hill, Gimblett Gravels, Syrah 2015, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£15.79 Liberty Wines

Sacred Hill, Reserve, Syrah 2016, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

Viña De Aguirre, Santa Loreto, Reserva, Syrah 2017, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.60 CellarVino

Errazuriz, Syrah 2016, Aconcagua Costa, Chile

Commended medal winner

Errazuriz, Max Reserva, Syrah 2015, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Undurraga, Terroir Hunter, Syrah 2013, Leyda Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£14.05 Eurowines


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