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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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  • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (stained labels) 1998 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz (stained labels) 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1998 Front Label
    Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 1998 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
    • RP98
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  • Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 1998 Front Label
    Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
    • WE94
    • JS93
    • WS93
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  • Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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  • Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 1998 Front Label
    Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
    • W&S93
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  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1998 Front Label
    Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
    • WS93
    • RP90
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1998 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
    • RP95
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  • Bulletin Place Shiraz 1998 Front Label
    Bulletin Place Shiraz 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
    • WE93
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  • Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 1998  Front Label
    Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 1998
    Syrah/Shiraz from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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    • Beringer Founder's Estate Shiraz 1998 Front Label
      Beringer Founder's Estate Shiraz 1998
      Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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      • Barwang Regional Selection Coonawarra Shiraz 1998
        Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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        • Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah 1998 Front Label
          Clarendon Hills Brookman Syrah 1998
          Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
          • RP93
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        • Petaluma Adelaide Hills Shiraz 1998 Front Label
          Petaluma Adelaide Hills Shiraz 1998
          Syrah/Shiraz from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
          • WS89
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        • Killibinbin Shiraz 1998 Front Label
          Killibinbin Shiraz 1998
          Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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          • Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 1998
            Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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          • Hardys Eileen Hardy Shiraz 1998
            Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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          • Penfolds Grange 1998 Front Label
            Penfolds Grange 1998
            Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
            • WS97
            • RP96
            • WE95
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          • Geyser Peak Shiraz 1998
            Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
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            • Joseph Phelps Syrah 1998
              Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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              • Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 1998  Front Label
                Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 1998
                Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
                • RP92
                • WS91
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              • Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 1998 Front Label
                Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 1998
                Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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              • Laboure Roi Syrah - Oak Aged 1998
                Syrah/Shiraz from France
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                • Cakebread Syrah 1998 Front Label
                  Cakebread Syrah 1998
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Carneros, California
                  • WS90
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