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.

US Syrah is considered a warm climate Syrah.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Olive
Olive
Plum
Plum

Jam
Jam
Pepper
Pepper
Cloves
Clove
Licorice
Licorice

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Chocolate
Chocolate
Tobacco
Tobacco

Dark Berries, Blackberry, Black Olive, Plum, and Jam are typical warm climate Syrah flavors.

With hints of Spices, Clove, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, and Licorice.

Cool Climate vs Warm Climate

Cool Cimate

Cool climate Syrah has light fruit flavors:

Raspberry. Blueberry. Black Cherry. Green Olive. Spices. White Pepper. Mint. Minerals.

Regions: France. Italy. Germany. USA (Sonoma Coast).

Warm Cimate

Warm climate Syrah has darker flavors:

Darker Berries, Plum, and Jam. Black Pepper rather than White Pepper. Black Olive rather than Green Olive. Licorice rather than Mint.

Regions: Australia. USA (California). South Africa.

Profile

Worm climate Syrah are full bodied:

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 Cheese. 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.

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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.

The Ideal Glass

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

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

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

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