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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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  • Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Marquis Philips S9 Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2002 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cornas, Rhone, France
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  • Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah 2002
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  • Torbreck The Struie 2002 Front Label
    Torbreck The Struie 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz 2002
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  • Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Penfolds Grange 2002 Front Label
    Penfolds Grange 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Australia, Australia
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  • Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Dutschke Oscar Semmler Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
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  • Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Rock Rabbit Central Coast Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Rock Rabbit Central Coast Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Pax Obsidian Syrah 2002 Front Bottle Shot
    Pax Obsidian Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Green Point Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Green Point Shiraz 2002
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  • Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2002  Front Label
    Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Alban Seymour's Vineyard Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Pax Lauterbach Hill Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Pax Lauterbach Hill Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Michael Ian 2002 Front Label
    Waterford Kevin Arnold Shiraz, Michael Ian 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Henschke Mt. Edelstone Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia
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  • Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
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  • Pax Castelli Knight Ranch Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Pax Castelli Knight Ranch Syrah 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rosemount Show Reserve Shiraz 2002 Front Label
    Rosemount Show Reserve Shiraz 2002
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    Kumkani Shiraz 2002
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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    Rosemount Diamond Shiraz 2002
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