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Syrah / Shiraz

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah 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 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.

Tasting Notes for Syrah

Syrah 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

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

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. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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  • Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2004 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Domaine de Bonserine Cote Rotie Sarrasine 2004 Front Label
    Domaine de Bonserine Cote Rotie Sarrasine 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Le Macchiole Scrio 2004 Front Label
    Le Macchiole Scrio 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2004 Front Bottle Shot
    Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis Cote Rotie 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz 2004
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  • Torbreck Descendant Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Two Hands Max's Garden Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    Two Hands Max's Garden Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
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  • Torbreck The Struie 2004 Front Label
    Torbreck The Struie 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Craggy Range Winery Le Sol Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2004  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pax Kobler Family Syrah (torn label) 2004 Front Label
    Pax Kobler Family Syrah (torn label) 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz 2004  Front Label
    Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2004 Front Label
    Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2004 Front Label
    Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Clarendon Hills Moritz Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Moritz Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2004 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2004 Front Label
    Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2004 Front Label
    St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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