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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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  • Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    Sine Qua Non 17th Nail in My Cranium 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2005
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    Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe 203-1c Syrah 2005
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2005  Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2005
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Greenock Creek Alices Shiraz 2005 Front Label
    Greenock Creek Alices Shiraz 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2005
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  • Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz (scuffed label) 2005 Front Label
    Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz (scuffed label) 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2005  Front Label
    Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2005 Front Label
    Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2005
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  • Finca Sandoval Manchuela 2005 Front Label
    Finca Sandoval Manchuela 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Spain
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  • Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2005 Front Label
    Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Pax Kobler Family Syrah 2005 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2005 Front Label
    Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Torbreck The Struie 2005 Front Label
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    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Radio-Coteau Cherry Camp Syrah 2005 Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mitolo G.A.M. (6 Liter) 2005  Front Label
    Mitolo G.A.M. (6 Liter) 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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