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 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 10 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 that 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

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Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle, Rhone, France Hermitage $192 80
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage, Rhone, France Hermitage $306 114
E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $464 172
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone, France Hermitage $231 303
Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block, Franschhoek Valley, South Africa Franschhoek Valley $32 305
E. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde de Guigal, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $62 428
Alban Vineyards Reva Estate Syrah, Edna Valley, USA Edna Valley $139 439
Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas, Rhone, France Cornas $113 445
Shafer Vineyards Relentless, Napa Valley, USA Napa Valley $83 584
Domaine Jamet Cote Rotie, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $103 642
M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite, Rhone, France Hermitage $266 657
Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah, California, USA Sonoma County $51 750
Alban Vineyards Lorraine Estate Syrah, Edna Valley, USA Edna Valley $290 801
M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne, Rhone, France Hermitage $79 843
Delas Freres Hermitage Les Bessards, Rhone, France Hermitage $178 852
M. Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $146 894
Cayuse Vineyards Bionic Frog Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, USA Walla Walla Valley $309 938
E. Guigal Hermitage, Rhone, France Hermitage $73 946
M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal, Rhone, France Hermitage $183 968
Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France Crozes-Hermitage $28 989
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin, Rhone, France Hermitage $4,117 1064
Paul Jaboulet Aine Domaine de Thalabert Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France Crozes-Hermitage $44 1103
Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne, Rhone, France Cote Rotie $129 1200
E. Guigal Ermitage Ex-Voto, Rhone, France Hermitage $311 1265
Delas Freres Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes-Marquise de la Tourette, Rhone, France Hermitage $74 1329
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