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.

Flavors

Raspberry
Raspberry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Plum
Plum
Jam
Jam
Mint
Mint
Licorice
Licorice
Herbs
Herbs
Pepper
Pepper
Cloves
Cloves
Minerals
Minerals

Oak Added

Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Chocolate
Chocolate
Tobacco
Tobacco

Cool climate Syrah has more Red Fruit.

White Pepper rather than Black Pepper. Mint rather than Licorice.

Raspberry. Blueberry. Black Cherry. Green Olive. Spices. White Pepper. Mineral. Mint. Licorice.

Warm climate Syrah has Darker Fruit.

Dark Fruit. Dark Berries. Blackberry. Black Olive. Jam. Spices. Clove. Black Pepper. Eucalyptus. Licorice. Mint.

Profile

BODYFull
TANNINSHigh
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
16-18°C (61-64°F)

Food Pairing

Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Beef
Beef

The massive taste of a full bodied Syrah pairs best with bold food.

Syrah loves Roasted Lamb and BBQ.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
BBQ. Grilled. Roasts.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms (Portobello).
Grilled Veggetables.
Rich Casseroles. Beef Stew.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Strip Steak. T-Bone. Kobe. Entrecôte.

Cheese:
Aged Cheese. Goat. Cheddar. Gouda. Pecorino.
Blue. Camembert.

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 grape at Syrah Grapes.

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

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is the perfect glass for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.