Cards of Wine

Syrah / Shiraz (USA)

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

In USA (and in Australia), the name Shiraz is often used for Syrah.

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 Shiraz 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 Shiraz 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 Shiraz pairs best with bold food.

Shiraz 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 USA

In the 1970s, Syrah began to grow in popularity in California, thanks to a group of winemakers known as the "Rhône Rangers". Today, Syrah is the most planted Rhône grape in California.

The poularity of Syrah is also growing in the Washington State (Yakima Valley), and in southern Oregon.

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.