Kellermeister named world's best shiraz producer
Written on the 24 May 2019 by Business News Australia
Barossa Valley wine producer Kellermeister has been named the world's best producer of shiraz following a big win at the Syrah du Monde international wine competition.
The winery's Black Sash Shiraz topped the global rankings at the French wine competition, putting the Lyndoch-based winery on the global map.
The winery's success in France follows similar success with its Wild Witch shiraz, named best in the world at the London Wine Competition just three weeks ago.
The Wild Witch shiraz was also ranked as the competition's best Australian wine and the best shiraz in the competition.
For winemaker and Kellemeister owner Mark Pearce (pictured) this was not his first taste of success, with Wild Witch Shiraz having also won the title of best shiraz at the International Wine Challenge in London seven years ago.
"At last year's Syrah du Monde we were ranked the best shiraz producer in Australia. This year, we've been ranked the best shiraz producer in the world. It's unbelievable," says Pearce.
Pearce has been going strength to strength and has been building his own winemaking reputation since purchasing Kellermeister in 2012 after the retirement of the winery's founders.
"In the Barossa we are blessed with some of the oldest and best shiraz vineyard plantings in the world that benefit from ideal growing conditions and rich soils, so the raw produce we get to work with is quite exceptional," says Pearce.
"That said, we still need to work extraordinarily hard to carefully craft each wine, so to win critical acclaim at the Syrah du Monde on top of other major international awards we've won recently is enormously satisfying.
"We've been inundated with sales enquiries since our award at the London Wine Competition last month, so with any luck our sales enquiries will increase even further following our Syrah du Monde success too."
This year's Syrah du Monde included 309 of the world's best shiraz wines from 25 countries, with only 15 gold medals awarded. Significantly, Australian wines grabbed all three places on the podium overall, with fellow Barossa Valley winemaker Schild Estate coming in second and third behind Kellermeister.
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