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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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  • Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2003 Front Label
    Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Mitolo G.A.M. 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Kalleske Greenock Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Kalleske Greenock Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Paringa Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Paringa Shiraz 2003
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  • Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Mak Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Mak Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • The Colonial Estate Explorateur Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    The Colonial Estate Explorateur Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Piping Shrike Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Piping Shrike Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Two Hands Ares Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2003 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Cote Rotie 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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  • Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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    Torbreck RunRig 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Standish Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Standish Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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  • Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Domaine des Remizieres Cuvee Emilie Hermitage 2003 Front Label
    Domaine des Remizieres Cuvee Emilie Hermitage 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Mitolo Reiver Shiraz 2003 Front Label
    Mitolo Reiver Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2003 Front Label
    Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Standish Single Vineyard Shiraz 2003
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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