Saronsberg and Noble Hill champion SA at 2017 Syrah Masters, London

“OF ALL THE major red grapes, Syrah must be the hardest to classify. Not only does it have two names – Syrah and Shiraz – but each reflects a different personality. This is a variety that can produce restrained and delicate wines, or, depending on climate and treatment, something rich and powerful” – Patrick Schmitt, The Drinks Business, UK.

“As for where Syrah excels, the results confirm what the professionals doubtless expect: the best wines were from the Northern Rhône [in France], the Barossa [in Australia], New Zealand (particularly Hawke’s Bay) and Chile (above all Leyda and Limari). The surprises were the quality of wines possible with this grape in parts of South Africa, Italy and Portugal…”

The full Drinks Business Syrah Masters 2017 report here. Judging by Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers in London. South Africa’s top laureates below:

 

SA MASTER AWARD WINNERS

Noble Hill Syrah 2013
Saronsberg Full Circle Syrah 2015

Saronsberg Shiraz 2015

SA GOLD MEDALLISTS

Cloof Syrah 2013
Wildekrans Barrel Select Reserve Shiraz 2015

SA SILVER MEDALLISTS

Cloof Crucible Shiraz 2014
Haute Espoir Shiraz 2011
Tokara Reserve Collection Syrah 2013

 

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