Syrah / Shiraz
Learn about Syrah — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
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.
- Cabernet Sauvignon251
- Bordeaux Red Blends190
- Pinot Noir177
- Other Red Blends90
- Rhône Blends18
- Petite Sirah8
- Tuscan Blends8
- Other Red Wine6
- Cabernet Franc5
- Pinot Meunier2
Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
Dehlinger Estate Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
Wolf Blass Green Label Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Tyrrell's Old Winery Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Sebastiani Dry Creek Valley Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Black Opal Barossa Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Jaboulet Saint-Joseph Reserve Personnelle 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
Seven Peaks Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from California
Forest Glen Shiraz Barrel Select 1996Syrah/Shiraz from California
Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Jacob's Creek Barossa Reserve Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Barwang Winemakers Reserve Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Ferrari-Carano TreMonte Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Leasingham Bin 61 Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Vichon Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from France
Sebastiani Sonoma Cask Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Jaboulet Pied de la Cote Hermitage 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
Edmunds St. John Durell Vineyard Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah 1996Syrah/Shiraz from California
Wolf Blass Presidents Selection Shiraz 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Australia