Two of Sanguine Estate Shiraz wines were highly awarded at the recent World’s Greatest Syrah and Shiraz Challenge including a category winner, and a gold medal equalling iconic brands such as Penfolds Grange (valued at $899) and bettering Henschke Hill of Grace.
Winestate Magazine have presented the results of the 2014 World’s Greatest Syrah & Shiraz Challenge in the current September/October issue with the 2012 Sanguine Estate D’Orsa Shiraz achieving 5 stars and was one of only 21 wines to receive a Gold medal out of tasting of 503 shiraz wines from Australia and around the world. The good news doesn’t stop there for Sanguine Estate because the 2013 Sanguine Estate Progeny Shiraz was awarded the category winner in the $20 to $25 class backing up the success of the 2012 Progeny shiraz at last years challenge.
Winemaker Mark Hunter, was thrilled with the results “It’s not every day that your wines are judged against the worlds leading brands so I am incredibly chuffed to be in their company”
Winestate is in it’s fourth decade of judging Australian Shiraz but it has only been in the last nine years that iconic wines from the old world have been sourced.
According to editor Peter Simic “We have always looked at a massive line-up of this variety whether it be called syrah, shiraz or hermitage…. – certainly among the biggest of it’s kind in the world. But what makes our competition different and we believe more valuable, is including the top names as yardstick wines in a head-to-head battle, without fear or favour.”
Among the wines judged were Syrah and Shiraz from New Zealand, France, South America and South Africa, as well as some top Australian wines such as Penfolds Grange Shiraz and Henschke Hill of Grace.
Only 322 of the 503 wines judged were awarded and of these just 21 (or 4.2%) received a 5 star (Gold Medal) rating.
All wines were judged blind by a panel of 15 judges over 4 days and on the fifth day, all 21 5-star rated wines were submitted again to select the top 10 wines together with judging of the category winners. Sanguine’s 2013 Progeny Shiraz was awarded category winner for the $20 to $25 price range.