Known as Shiraz in Australia, Syrah gained its reputation in France’s southern Côtes du Rhône region. To grow properly, Syrah needs a moderate to hot climate.
Syrah is deeply colored, with medium-high levels of tannins and acidity. It is usually rich, full-bodied and age-worthy, and oak barrels are often used to age these wines. Syrah has a black fruit character (blackberry, black currant) with dark chocolate, licorice flavors and black pepper spice. Vegetal, herbal, leathery, oak and smoke notes develop with age. Syrah is best consumed in four to sixteen years.
Note: Shiraz is the Syrah grape of the Rhône Valley in France. They are viticulturally identical, but due to the different terroir and climates the Australian Shiraz is sweeter, riper and more chocolate than the Rhône Syrah which is spicier with a soft pepper note. The Australian name Shiraz comes from the medieval capital of Persia.
Syrah pairs well with brisket, beef steak, stew, lamb, venison and pork chops.
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