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Syrah / Shiraz Wine

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah, also known as Shiraz, accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah and Shiraz wine also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style.

Tasting Notes for Syrah / Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz is a dry, red wine that typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Food Pairings for Syrah / Shiraz

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secrets for Syrah / Shiraz

Syrah once played a role as a blending partner to the austere Cabernet in Bordeaux as it added some body and texture. Now, Australians are fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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  • Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2002  Front Label
    Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    Sine Qua Non For The Love Of It Syrah 2002
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  • Chris Ringland Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Chris Ringland Shiraz 2002
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  • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2002  Front Bottle Shot
    d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2002 Front Label
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  • Torbreck The Struie 2002 Front Label
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    Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2002
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  • Shirvington Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Shirvington Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (375ML half-bottle) 2002 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (375ML half-bottle) 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Branson Coach House Coach House Block Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Shafer Relentless 2002 Front Label
    Shafer Relentless 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Penny's Hill Footprint Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Penny's Hill Footprint Shiraz 2002
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  • Henry's Drive Shiraz 2002 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Padthaway, South Australia, Australia
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  • Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2002  Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2002  Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Red Car Syrah Sugar Daddy 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2002  Front Label
    Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2002
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  • Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2002
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    The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2002
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  • Rusden Black Guts Shiraz 2002  Front Label
    Rusden Black Guts Shiraz 2002
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  • Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2002
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  • Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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