‘World’s Greatest Shiraz’ challenge… the Top 10 winners with Penfolds Grange at the peak ~ and Victorians nudging the top five Winestate Magazine today announced the winner of what is the world’s biggest independent and professionally managed tasting and judging of Shiraz/Syrah wines.
And an expected ‘Top 10’ actually became 12, with two Equal Placings that saw three Victorian wineries showing in the Five Star grouping.
A Penfolds Grange 2010 was one of 451 shiraz/syrah wines tasted in the competition and one of only 13 wines to receive Five-Star honours in what Winestate publisher Peter Simic believes is certainly Australia’s and possibly the world’s most comprehensive shiraz assessment. Offshore wines tasted were from France, South Africa and New Zealand.
Not all of the big names of European brands made it to the final podium. Wines had to achieve five stars to be in the ultimate trophy taste off. Another 267 received a Winestate recommendation and medals.
Coordinating judge Peter Simic says: “South Australia continues to dominate the class and is providing both heavyweight shiraz and also the middleweight syrah styles. “Not only do we have the usual suspects from the Barossa and McLaren Vale as you’d expect in any shiraz challenge, but we are now getting very serious competition from the Adelaide Hills and historic Victorian wine regions like Heathcote and the Grampians. This is an exciting time for the Australian wine industry with more regions coming into play for shiraz and syrah.”
A total of 12 judges took shifts across 4 days – and the team for the final day of Trophy judging were Drew Noon MW (Owner winemaker of Noon Winery), Chris Hatcher (Chief winemaker for Wolf Blass wines), Peter Douglas (winemaker for Koonara Wines) and Winestate’s Peter Simic. The panel of judges worked through the 451 wines over 4 days of exhaustive judging with the top tiers re-tasted to ensure a fair result.
The Top 10 – World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge
1st. Penfolds Grange, South Australia Shiraz 2010. $1,048
2nd. Annie’s Lane Copper Trail, Clare Valley Shiraz 2014, $79.99
3rd. Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy, McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014, $49
4th. Wolf Blass Estates of the Barossa, Dorrien Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014, $89
5th. Equal Placed
Grampians Estate Streeton Reserve Shiraz 2012 (Vic), $75
Sanguine D’Orsa, Heathcote Shiraz 2014 (Vic), $59.95
6th. Mollydooker Velvet Glove, McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014, $185
7th. Saltram The Journal Centenarian, Barossa Shiraz 2010, $174.99
8th. Saltram No. 1 Barossa Shiraz 2012, $99.95
9th. Equal Placed
Domaine Asmara Reserve Heathcote Shiraz (Vic), 2013 $45
Sidewood Estate Mappinga, Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2013, $60
10th. Saltram Moculta Road Barossa Shiraz 2010, $90.99DOWNLOAD FULL MEDIA RELEASE