Syrah / Shiraz Wine
Learn about Syrah — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
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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Arrowood Saralee's Vineyard Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
Tyrrell's Long Flat Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Rolf Binder Christa Rolf Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah (slightly torn label) 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
La Sirena Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
Trumpeter Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Argentina
Barwang Australian Southeast Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from South East Australia, Australia
Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from California
Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
Buckeley's Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Barton & Guestier Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from France
Fairview Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
Beckmen Purisima Mountain Vineyard Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Neyers Hudson Vineyard Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
Bonterra Organically Grown Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Redbank Fighting Flat Shiraz 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Caliterra Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Chile
Beaulieu Vineyard California Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from California
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Syrah 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Laboure Roi 2003 Les Sangliers Shiraz Reserve 2000Syrah/Shiraz from France
Guigal Hermitage Rouge 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France