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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > 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

2017 Gold: 3 Silver: 4 Bronze: 6 Commended: 10
2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 5 Bronze: 6 Commended: 8

 Outside the Cape and Australia, if it’s Shiraz/Syrah you’re looking for, on this evidence you should probably look to Chile if you’re on a budget and New Zealand if you’re feeling flush.

If its Bordeaux blends are rather stagnating, Chile’s progress with Syrah has been impressive – and mysteriously under the radar. From nothing at all five years ago, it regularly accrues a decent raft of medals here now, and at a decent range of price points, too; established quality names like Errazuriz’s Don Max (Gold last year, Silver this) backed up with a growing number of new arrivals. There’s really no arguing with the Luis Felipe Edwards at sub £11

New Zealand blows very hot and cold here – the variety’s marginality makes it heavily vintage dependent in chilly NZ, even in Hawkes Bay. 2013, though, was a superb year, as the Man O’ War so ably demonstrates.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘The Chilean wines showed a lot of extraction, quite jammy. Easy-drinking pub-style wines. Appealing but not a lot of elegance.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘As I expected, New Zealand performed best with New World Syrah.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

‘You can see the shift in style [in Chile] over the last two or three years: toning down the oak, with more freshness, more acidity, more fruit.’ Matthieu Longuère MS, Le Cordon Bleu London

‘Syrah is a grape that can do well in the New World – but I think some of these American versions were planted in the wrong place. The variety needs cooler sites.’ Annette Scarfe MW, team leader

‘I’d like to like [Chilean Syrahs] but they’re overworked and overdone, difficult to enjoy. When you have big Rhône Valley varieties, you don’t need to over extract or go overripe. Some were like drinking a Bloody Mary. Go slow with the oak and extraction, let the grape talk.’ Andrea Briccarello, team leader

‘Argentina isn’t really showing its potential with this variety.’ Andre Luis Martins, Cavalry & Guards Club

‘Too much oak, too much over extracting. Consumers seem to really enjoy [Chilean wines], but the professional palate is moving away from them.’ Stefan Kobald, Jason Atherton Group

 

Award winners

Found 23 wines

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

iWines, I Latina, Syrah 2015, Molina, Chile

Gold medal winner

Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London was impressed with this excellent Gold winner’s ‘floral and ripe nose, showing cherry and lifted herbal aromas, then understated and juicy on the palate’, describing it as ‘really fresh and elegant – a lovely wine in a low-oak impact style’. ‘Herbal, eucalyptus and savoury notes combine with sweet, dark fruits and some sweet spices. Amazing intensity, complexity and concentration – a match for rib-eye or sirloin steak,’ suggested Stamatis Iseris of The Strathearn at The Gleneagles Hotel.

£15.78 Viña I Wines SpA

Luis Felipe Edwards, LFE 900, Single Vineyard 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner By the glass

Spicy, fruity and exceptionally good value, this took home not only the Gold, but a By The Glass Trophy, too. Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted found it a ‘friendly wine with jammy black berries and sweet fruit character’, with Jacopo Armenio of Vinarius finding ‘fragrant, punchy, ripe red and black fruits, showing really good value for money’. ‘Full-bodied style with spices and lovely black fruit, and a touch vegetal,’ added Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London.

£10.62 North South Wines

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

Gold medal winner

Taking Gold for its spicy, savoury character, this Kiwi Syrah had ‘bacon and black pepper notes, with grippy, ripe tannins’, began JKS Restaurants’ Sunaina Sethi, while team leader Olivier Marie described it as ‘a complex wine, with cured meat and an animalic, tertiary note, like leather’. Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club also noted ‘sweet cassis with vanilla and smoked aromas, elegant with gentle, fresh mineral style on the finish’, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW highlighted its ‘lovely aromatic, concentrated fruit’.

£23.68 Enotria&Coe

Ventisquero, Pangea, Apalta Vineyards, Syrah 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Tobacco, chocolate, tomato leaf and spicy character, and a lovely, elegant finish,’ said Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant, while Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald found ‘Ribena, cassis, cooked black fruits, vanilla and clove, with aniseed notes and a vibrant palate with youthful vigour’. ‘Elegant, silky wine with class,’ concluded Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot.

£22.84 Bibendum

Errazuriz, Aconcagua Costa, Syrah 2014, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant noted its ‘deep, dark bramble fruit with herby savoury notes and a well-structured palate’, and Stefan Kobald of Jason Atherton Group liked its ‘heavy extraction, braai meaty, smoky, burnt wood character with a long and pleasant finish’.

£12.59 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Errazuriz, Max Reserva, Syrah 2014, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Nice light spices on the nose with a touch of oak, good plummy length of fruit on the palate, and it will continue to develop in the bottle,’ said Tanya Mann of Linden House Stansted, with Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London finding it ‘spicy, smoky, peppery with lovely palate elegance’.

£11.72 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Montes Alpha, Syrah 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Team leader Andrea Briccarello enjoyed its ‘gutsy and animal, wild herbal nose with nice texture on the palate’, finding it ‘complex and structured, long and spicy’, while Sebastian Agnello of The Don Restaurant found it ‘big, bold and powerful, with black cherries and slight coconut notes from the oak; overall very interesting’.

£10.13 Liberty Wines

Apaltagua, Zapallar, Reserva, Syrah 2015, Maule Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Savoury, dark nose, some minerality and the fruit is ripe but not overdone; great value,’ said Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, with Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald noting its ‘black fruit and sour cherry, cassis and bacon spice aromas with good balance on the palate’.

£7.00 Davy's Wine Merchants

Hahn, GSM 2015, Central Coast, California, USA

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh and perfumed on the nose, bright palate with plenty of lovely fruit flavours, followed by a pleasant touch of sweetness on the finish,’ said Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noting ‘plum liqueur notes, perfumed aromas and hints of toffee apple with a light herbal finish’.

£9.93 Castelnau Wine Agencies

Vidal, Reserve, Syrah 2014, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

‘Full of white pepper and jammy raspberry character on nose and palate, with spicy plum notes on the finish,’ said Kelvin McCabe of Yauatcha, with Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group finding it ‘a little flinty, delicate yet firm, with blueberry on a fresh, ripe finish’.

£13.37 Hatch Mansfield, Matthew Clark

Catena, Pasarisa, Syrah 2014, La Rioja, Argentina

Bronze medal winner

‘Lovely lifted aromatics, floral palate style with soft, ripe tannins; a perfumed and crowd-pleasing style,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Guillaume Mahaut of ETM Group noting ‘blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, fresh and simple but well made, with a firmness on the palate’.

£9.96 Bibendum

Coopers Creek, Select Vineyards, Chalk Ridge, Syrah 2013, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW found ‘lots of cedar oak with ripe black plums underneath on the nose, hints of violets on an aromatic and juicy palate, food-friendly with defined, ripe tannins’, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club finding ‘fresh raspberry, light flower aromas, sweet spices, and clove notes with an elegant finish’.

£11.98 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Montgras, Ninquén, Antu, Syrah 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Chocolatey, inky, spicy and dusty on the nose, with a full-bodied and extracted style on the palate, yet enough fruit and freshness on the finish to balance,’ said Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu London.

£10.70 Enotria&Coe

Ventisquero, Grey, GCM 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£11.28 Bibendum

Casas del Toqui, Gran Toqui, Syrah 2013, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Valle Secreto, First Edition, Syrah 2014, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£14.00 EWGA

Emiliana, Coyam 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£13.43 Boutinot

Cline Cellars, Ancient Vines, Mourvèdre 2014, California, USA

Commended medal winner

£12.79 Boutinot

Valdivieso, Vigno, Eclat 2009, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£13.23 Bibendum

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

Commended medal winner

£18.58 Bibendum

Craggy Range, Gimblett Gravels, Syrah 2013, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£18.12 Bibendum

Charles Smith, Boom Boom, Syrah 2014, Washington State, USA

Commended medal winner

£12.25 Bibendum

Trinity Hill, Syrah 2014, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£15.79 Liberty Wines

 

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