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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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  • Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2008  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sine Qua Non The Duel Syrah 2008  Front Label
    Sine Qua Non The Duel Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sine Qua Non B-20 Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Sine Qua Non B-20 Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from California
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  • Langmeil Hangin Snakes Shiraz Viognier 2008 Front Label
    Langmeil Hangin Snakes Shiraz Viognier 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • 2 up Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    2 up Shiraz 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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  • Cimicky Trumps Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    Cimicky Trumps Shiraz 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Jaffurs Upslope Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Jaffurs Upslope Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier L Block Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier L Block Shiraz 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Victoria, Australia
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  • Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Piggott Range Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Barnard Griffin Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Barnard Griffin Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Napa Valley, California
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  • Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2008 Front Label
    Chateau de Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Rhone, France
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    MontGras Antu Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Chile
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  • Owen Roe Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block 2008 Front Label
    Owen Roe Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Fairview Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    Fairview Shiraz 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from South Africa
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  • Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz 2008 Front Label
    Greg Norman Estates Limestone Coast Shiraz 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia
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  • Kingston Family Lucero Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Kingston Family Lucero Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Chile
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