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Locally-made Monsoon Valley Shiraz rosé judged the best in Thailand

16:32 SGT May 17, 2018
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At the BEST ROSÉ in THAILAND awards ceremony, from left: Jack Suckling; Frank Grassmann, general manager of The Nai Harn Phuket; and James Suckling.

International wine connoisseurs James and Jack Suckling, owners of the internationally acclaimed wine-rating website JamesSuckling.com, selected Monsoon Valley Shiraz Thailand White 2017 as “Best of Show” at the recent third annual Best Rosé in Thailand 2018 competition hosted by The Nai Harn Phuket resort.

The Best Rosé in Thailand competition is part of The Nai Harn Phuket resort’s world-class wine programme, which includes a bespoke wine list created by the team at JamesSuckling.com. The 150 wines on the list are arranged based on their usage, style and personality.

“I loved the balance and energy of the Monsoon Valley White Shiraz,” said James Suckling. “The tasting was completely blind, and we judged the wine for its brightness and quality.”

The locally produced rosé bested almost 100 wines from around the world in a blind tasting. The critics placed it at the top of a list that included prestigious French wines such as Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence 2017, whose Routas 2016 won last year’s competition, and Caves d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Whispering Angel Rosé 2017.

The 2017 Monsoon Valley White Shiraz also received the award for Best Value, while the Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé NV received the Best of Show award in the sparkling section of the competition.

“The Thai wine industry is just coming into its own with a handful of wineries making outstanding bottles,” explained Jack Suckling. “The tropical climate is difficult for viticulture, necessitating constant management and nurturing. Experimentation is still the norm with winemakers looking for the correct methodology and grape types to emphasize quality.”