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

Typical flavors of cooler climate Syrah: spicy and peppery.

Dark Fruit. Plum.
Dark Berries. Black Cherry. Blackberry.
Pepper. Bell Pepper. Green Olive. Tart. Smocky Bacon.
Oak. Earth. Tobacco. Espresso. Dark Chocolate.

Food Pairing

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

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

Cheese. Aged. Cheddar. Blue. Gouda. Camembert.

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

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.

About

Syrah has a large amount of tannins and is known to be full bodied (the wine feels heavy in your mouth).

It 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.


Regions:

In Northern Rhône Valley of France, there are 5 Syrah appellations.

From north to south:

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

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

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

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

Cornas AOC - 100% Syrah.

Climate: Continental.

Wind: the cold Mistral blows down from the Massif Central.