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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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  • Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Alban Reva Estate Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2006
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Casella Barossa Valley 1919 Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Casella Barossa Valley 1919 Shiraz 2006
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    Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Forots 2006 Front Label
    Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Forots 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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  • Sine Qua Non A Shot in the Dark 2006 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non A Shot in the Dark 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Ramey Shanel Vineyard Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Ramey Shanel Vineyard Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2006 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Henry's Drive Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Henry's Drive Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Padthaway, South Australia, Australia
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2006 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • St Hallett Faith Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    St Hallett Faith Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Sequel Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Sequel Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Syrah 2006
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    Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Hundred Acre Ancient Way Vineyard Summer's Block Shiraz 2006 Front Label
    Hundred Acre Ancient Way Vineyard Summer's Block Shiraz 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    Yalumba Barossa Shiraz and Viognier 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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