Cards of Wine

Syrah (France)

Syrah is one of the darkest full-bodied wines in the world.

French Syrah and Australian Shiraz is the same grape.

Profile

Body
Tannins
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Cool climate Syrah/Shiraz has more red fruit notes.
More white pepper rather than black pepper. More mint rather than licorice:

Raspberry. Blueberry. Black Cherry. Green Olive.
Spices. White Pepper. Mineral. Mint. Licorice.
Oak. Earth. Vanilla. Cocoa. Dark Chocolate. Tobacco.

Warm climate Syrah/Shiraz is riper, with darker fruit:

Dark Fruit. Dark Berries. Blackberry. Black Olive. Jam.
Spices. Clove. Black Pepper. Eucalyptus. Licorice. Mint.
Oak. Earth. Vanilla. Cocoa. Espresso. Tobacco.

Food Pairing

The massive taste of a full bodied Syrah/Shiraz pairs best with bold food:

BBQ. Roast. Grilled. Spareribs. Pork. Duck. Chicken. Lamb. Beef. Veal. Game.
Hamburger. Sausages. Stews.
Grilled Veggies. Eggplant. Mushroom.

Aged Cheese. Cheddar. Blue. Gouda. Camembert.

  Serving temperatures:
  16-18°C (61-64°F)

About Syrah / Shiraz

Legends claim that the Syrah grape originated in Shiraz, capital of the Persian Empire (modern-day Iran) or in Syracuse, Sicily. But there is no evidence.

The historical home of Syrah is the Rhône region of France.

The most famous Appellations are located in the Northern Rhône (Rotie, Hemitage, Cornas), where steep hillsides sometimes reach a gradient of 70°.

Introduced in Australia in 1831 by Scotsman James Busby, it is the most planted red grape variety there, and it is spelled different: Shiraz.

The best ones develop sweet, rich fruits, as well as aromas characterized by smoke, spices, leather and soil as they mature.

Syrah in France

In the Northern Rhône Valley of France, where the cold Mistral winds blow down from the Massif Central there are 5 Syrah appellations:

Côte-Rôtie AOC - a blend of Syrah and up to 20% Viognier.

Saint-Joseph AOC - Syrah and up to 10% Marsanne and Roussanne.

Crozes-Hermitage AOC - Syrah and up to 15% Marsanne and Roussanne.

Hermitage AOC - Syrah and up to 15% Marsanne and Roussanne.

Cornas AOC - 100% Syrah.

In the Southern Rhône, it is blended in GSM wines (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) to produce famous blends such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Côtes du Rhône.

Read More

Syrah is one of the darkest full-bodied wines in the world, darker than Cabernet Sauvignon. If you hold it up to the light, you will have a hard time seeing through the wine.

You can read more about the Syrah grape at Syrah Grapes.

You can read more about the world wide production at Syrah Regions.

The Ideal Glass

The shape of the glass does in fact change the taste of the wine!

The Bordeaux glass is the perfect gass for full bodied red wines like:

The Bordeaux glass is taller than other red wine glasses. It also has a slimmer bowl.

The slimmer bowl has the function of sending the wine directly to the back of the mouth for a maximum taste.