Australia dominates 2017 Global Syrah Masters Posted by: Alana House September 13, 2017 Australia has shown its the world leader in Shiraz, scoring six of the 10 Masters awarded at the drinks business 2017 Global Syrah Masters. Congratulations to the drinks association's Taylors Wines and Treasury Wine Estates on winning two of the Masters! Aussies also took out a massive 32 Gold medals at the annual blind tasting. According to the drinks business, the best wines were awarded medals that ranged from Bronze through to Gold, as well as Master, the ultimate accolade, given only to exceptional wines in the tasting. The wines were judged by a group of Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers in London July. Patrick Schmitt MW notes: "Certain names are worth picking out. In particular Wakefield Wines for their juicy but refreshing range of high-quality wines at price points from around £10 up to almost £50. Also, the skill of Penfolds with Syrah shone in this blind tasting, particularly its St Henri Shiraz, which, without the sweetness of ageing in new oak barriques, provides a pure expression of great Australian Shiraz in all its juicy, spicy and textured glory. "Langmeil too, showed the wonders of Australian Shiraz from the Barossa, as did Château Tanunda, Kalleskie and Yalumba, while Yangarra highlighted the brilliance of the same grape grown in the McLaren Vale, and McGuigan the complexity of Shiraz from the Hunter Valley. "Jacob’s Creek too proved its ability to craft lovely Shiraz at accessible price points when blended across south Australia, particularly this brand’s innovative ‘double barrel’ range, which sees its wines finished in aged whiskey barrels." Meanwhile, Patricia Stefanowicz MW said: "The excitement in 2017 were the Australian Shiraz wines. It is superb that the Aussies are keeping all that lovely blueberry, blackfruit and black pepper, but toning down the high alcohol and the American vanilla and chocolate oak. Elegance seems to be on the rise with delicious freshness and supple tannins in exquisite balance with concentrated flavour. Alcohol levels also seem to be a little lower and in balance with fruit, oak and structure. Yummy, whether Barossa, Mclaren Vale or elsewhere in Australia." Here are the Gold winners for 2017: Mr Riggs Scarce Earth Shiraz 2014 (McLaren Vale) Blaxland Vineyards Tanunda Hill Shiraz 2016 (Barossa Valley) Wakefield/Taylors Wines Reserve Parcel Shiraz 2015 (Clare Valley) Bird In Hand Two in the Bush 2015 (Adelaide Hills) McGuigan Shortlist Shiraz 2015 (Hunter Valley) Thorn-Clarke Wines Shotfire Shiraz 2015 (Barossa) Gemtree Wines Uncut Shiraz 2015 (McLaren Vale) Yangarra Estate Vineyards Shiraz 2014 (McLaren Vale) McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2014 (Langhorne Creek) Wakefield/Taylors Wines Jaraman Shiraz 2015 (Clare Valley) Gemtree Wines Ernest Allan Shiraz 2015 (McLaren Vale) James Haselgrove Futures 2014 (McLaren Vale) Paradox Barossa Shiraz 2015 (Barossa Valley) Mr Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014 (McLaren Vale) Gemtree Wines Obsidian Shiraz 2015 (McLaren Vale) Nick Haselgrove Wines The Old Faithful 2013 Cafe Block 2013 (McLaren Vale) McGuigan Farms Shiraz 2013 (Barossa Valley) North East Vintners Shy Susan Shiraz 2015 (Tasmania) Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014 (Barossa Valley) Levantine Hill Estate Melissa’s Paddock 2015 (Yarra Valley) Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard Brooks Road Shiraz 2014 (McLaren Vale) Chateau Tanunda 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2014 (Barossa) Yangarra Estate Vineyard Whole Bunch Shiraz 2014 (McLaren Vale) Langmeil Winery Pure Eden Shiraz 2015 (Eden Valley) Levantine Hill Estate Syrah 2014 (Yarra Valley) Yangarra Estate Vineyards Ironheart Shiraz 2014 (McLaren Vale) Bird in Hand Nest Egg Shiraz 2014 (Adelaide Hills) Kalleske Eduard Shiraz 2015 (Barossa Valley) Langmeil Pure Eden Shiraz 2013 (Barossa) Bird in Hand MAC Shiraz 2013 (Adelaide Hills) Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Matured Shiraz Fourth Vintage Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Shiraz 2015 And the Masters: Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2014 (Barossa) Wakefield/Taylors Wines St Andrews Shiraz 2015 (Clare Valley) Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2013 Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz 2015 (Barossa Valley) Chateau Tanunda 50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2014 (Barossa) Sons of Eden Remus Eden Valley Shiraz 2014 (Eden Valley) Click here for the full list of award winners.