Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics ...
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.
In the Glass
Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper 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.
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.
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.
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Tensley Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Berton Vineyards Metal Label The Black Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Two Hands Angels' Share Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
Mollydooker The Boxer Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Syrah 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Layer Cake Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Barkan Classic Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Israel
Oxford Landing Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Yalumba Y Series Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
McWilliam's Hanwood Estate Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
Fat Bastard Syrah 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Jean-Louis Chave Selection Crozes-Hermitage Silene 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
Yangarra Estate PF Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
Pax Sonoma Hillsides Syrah 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
Bulletin Place Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Shiraz 2017Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia