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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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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 1996 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 1996
    Syrah/Shiraz from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
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  • Penfolds Grange 1996 Front Label
    Penfolds Grange 1996
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
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  • Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 1996 Front Label
    Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 1996
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Dehlinger Estate Syrah 1996 Front Label
    Dehlinger Estate Syrah 1996
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Tenimenti d'Alessandro Il Bosco Syrah 1996
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    • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 1996 Front Label
      d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 1996
      Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    • Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 1996  Front Label
      Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz 1996
      Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    • Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 1996  Front Label
      Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 1996
      Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    • Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1996  Front Label
      Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1996
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      • Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 1996  Front Label
        Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 1996
        Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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      • Wendouree Shiraz 1996  Front Label
        Wendouree Shiraz 1996
        Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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        • Noel Verset Cornas 1996 Front Label
          Noel Verset Cornas 1996
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          • Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 1996
            Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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          • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1996  Front Label
            Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1996
            Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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