Home | Find a Store | Wine Regions | Grape Varieties
Pro Version | USD Change Currency | Help | Mobile Site

 Syrah Wine

Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhone Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) known as Shiraz, and is regarded as the country’s national grape.

One of the world's most diverse and successful grape varieties, Syrah wines can display myriad dark-fruit flavors. Varietal Syrah can be quite floral in its youth, developing more peppery and herbaceous notes as it ages. Some examples show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.

Syrah Grapes

Syrah is also an extremely useful blending grape due to its deep color and typically high tannins. In the southern Rhone it is common for Syrah to be blended with any combination of Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsaut, among others.

Some of the world's most famous Syrah wines are the peppery, earthy reds of the northern Rhone, specifically of the Cote-Rotie, Hermitage and Saint-Joseph appellations. While Hermitage has been held in high regard for many centuries, the 'roasted slopes' of the Cote-Rotie have emerged as a leading source of Syrah only towards the end of the 20th century.

One of Syrah's most valued assets is its ability to produce wines capable of aging and improving over many decades. The most valued appellation in this regard is the hill of Hermitage; its name is so respected that for many years it was used as a synonym for Syrah in Australia. A well-built Hermitage requires ten years or more to relax into its plummy, spicy fullness, and will reward cellaring for a further decade at least.

Several hundred miles up the Rhone Valley from Hermitage, near the river's origins at the Rhone Glacier, Syrah has found a happy home in the Valais, on the warm, sheltered slopes of which it can produce remarkably full, complex wines. A further 450 miles (725km) east, the variety enjoys the climate of eastern Austria's Burgenland, moderated by the waters of Lake Neusiedl.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, 6000 miles (9600km) west of the Rhone, Syrah has a cult following in the western United States, in California, Washington and Oregon. While it has not seen the runaway success enjoyed by Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel, nor the feverish worship of Pinot Noir, a dedicated band of American winemakers has been devotedly working with Syrah since the 1970s. Known as the 'Rhone Rangers', these men and women have proven than the variety can produce complex, rich wines in all three of the above states.

Another 6000 miles (9600km) south, following the Rockies and Andes down the spine of America, Syrah has been proving itself in both Chile and Argentina for at least 20 years, and is finding its own style on either side of the Andean peaks. As far away again, across the vast Southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Syrah has achieved success in South Africa and Australia respectively. It has adopted such a unique personality in these countries as Shiraz that it is widely regarded as a distinct variety and style to Syrah.

Synonyms include: Shiraz, Hermitage.

Related grape varieties include: Petite Sirah (Durif).

Food and wine matches for Syrah:
Europe: Hearty stew of confit duck and pork sausage (cassoulet)
Asia: Steamed pork spare ribs with black bean; curried eggplant
Australasia/Oceania: Rosemary-crusted lamb tenderloin with jus; confit duck with sweet potato (kumara) mash
Africa/Middle East: Spicy lamb meatballs in a tomato and cilantro sauce

Best Buys: Expand/collapse
Approximate (ex-tax) price: $
(Wines are selected by quality/price ratios)
Available in: USA The World
Where it's used: Expand/collapse
We found 5,141 matches for Syrah, only the first 500 will be shown.
Wine Name
Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle, Rhone, France Hermitage $193 82
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage, Rhone, France Hermitage $310 85
E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $465 165
Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas, Rhone, France Cornas $107 231
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone, France Hermitage $233 246
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $102 443
E. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde de Guigal, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $62 449
Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek Valley, South Africa Franschhoek Valley $31 516
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin, Rhone, France Hermitage $3,743 526
Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards, Rhone, France Hermitage $173 573
E. Guigal Chateau d'Ampuis Cote Rotie, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $131 630
M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite, Rhone, France Hermitage $272 661
E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto, Rhone, France Hermitage $315 744
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal, Rhone, France Hermitage $188 864
E. Guigal Hermitage, Rhone, France Hermitage $75 886
M. Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $147 887
Delas Freres Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes-Marquise de la Tourette, Rhone, France Hermitage $73 893
Cayuse Vineyards Bionic Frog Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, USA Walla Walla Valley $305 912
Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard, Rhone, France Cornas $107 926
Alban Vineyards Reva Estate Syrah, Edna Valley, USA Edna Valley $139 1061
Paul Jaboulet Aine Domaine de Thalabert Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France Crozes-Hermitage $43 1074
Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $127 1079
M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne, Rhone, France Hermitage $77 1178
Montes Folly Syrah, Apalta, Chile Apalta $73 1200
Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Vieilles Vignes, Rhone, France Cornas $62 1203
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 of 20 >
Only the first 20 pages shown
Site Map About Contact Business Advertising Social