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This year, it’s not Shiraz. It’s Syrah!
In a stunning defeat to home-court advantage, Australia, and the five other top New World nations in winemaking today – United States, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa – a small family-run winery from what once was a big logging community in Southern Oregon has taken the title of Best Syrah of the New World.
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards, an 8,000 case/year Estate Vineyard and Winery in Roseburg, OR, was awarded the Trophy for its 2012 Syrah Masada Bloc, making it the highest-ranked Syrah in this year’s 6 Nations Wine Challenge.
Facing off against what judges selected as the best wines in the New World, Reustle not only claimed the top award for its 2012 Syrah, but also scored again tying for third place for its 2012 Syrah Reserve.
Each of the six international judges could select up to 100 wines across 17 categories, to represent their country in the blind tasting competition. This year 52 wines competed in the Syrah category.
It happened 40 years ago!
Reminiscent of the historical “Paris Wine Tasting of 1976,” when then-unknown Napa Valley entered a blind tasting against the French and won, Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards Owner/Winemaker, Stephen Reustle, believes this win foreshadows Oregon’s Umpqua Valley playing on the international stage:
“Time Magazine called it (the Paris Tasting of 1976) ‘The Tasting that Changed the Wine World.’ I think many may be surprised that Umpqua Valley landed such an international honor. But to tell you the truth, I’m not. We have an extraordinary terroir here, and can I add… people?
Can a community of people be part of a wine’s terroir?
I watch as our community comes out to pick our grapes and share in the annual harvest blessing, and I have to say, I believe so. Our wine will remain true to its place, and I think this award goes to show that even our Umpqua Valley, can change the wine world… again.”
About the winning Syrahs:
2012 Syrah Masada Bloc has also won Gold Medals from the San Diego International Wine Competition, Oregon Wine Awards, Savor Northwest, and the Wine Press NW “Best of the Best” Competition.
2012 Syrah Reserve also received Double Gold medals from Oregon Wine Awards and the Wine Press NW “Best of the Best” competition.