Chilean Syrah comes out top in Palmares competition in Montreal

Syrah was the wine of choice for the Palmares competition held at La Grande Dégustation de Montréal last week, and Chile triumphed with four wines in the Top 10 and one taking the top title of the competition.

A panel of specialists from the wine industry tasted 147 Syrah wines from 11 countries in the blind tasting. The best 10 wines were announced in the opening ceremony of La Grande Dégustation de Montréal on 3rd November.

The top wine selected was Valdivieso’s Winemaker Reserve Syrah from Colchagua in first place.

In fifth place, came Boya Syrah from Garcés Silva in San Antonio’s Leyda Valley.

In seventh place was Escudo Rojo Syrah made by Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, from Maipo.

The fourth Chilean wine in the Top 10 was Origin Gran Reserva Syrah by Viña Chocalan from Maipo which came in 9th place in the tasting.

Chile was the only country with four wines in the Top 10, followed by Australia and Switzerland with two each, an Italian Syrah and a Spanish Syrah. Six of the top wines will be featured in Montreal’s SAQ stores throughout 2017.

“There is no doubt that this year, once again, the contestants in the Palmarès de La Grande Dégustation de Montréal were outstanding,” said Jacques Orhon, the President of the Jury. “The deliberation of the judges was all the more pleasing to the senses, bearing testament to the Syrah’s incredibly rich and diversified palate of flavour.”

By Amanda Barnes