Syrah

Red grape variety

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What is Syrah/Shiraz?

Syrah, is a full-bodied red grape variety from the Rhône, which has cultivated an arguably even more famous second identity as Shiraz, Australia’s flagship red.

What does Syrah taste like? 

Syrah is widely associated with flavours of black pepper, violets, blackberries, black olive and, especially with age, a savoury, gamey character. The variety often combines intense fruit with high tannins. In warmer climates such as Australia’s Barossa Valley it can display richer flavours of dark chocolate and tar.  

Where is Syrah from? 

Syrah’s genetic roots lie in south-eastern France but it has long had a primary home in the Northern Rhône, where it may well have been cultivated since Roman times.  
 


Where does Syrah grow? 

Syrah is the world’s sixth most planted grape variety and a feature of many warm climate regions. The grape is most prolific in its native France and at its finest in the Northern Rhône. Syrah is also widely planted in the Southern Rhône and is increasingly popular in Languedoc blends. Syrah, or Shiraz, is believed to have reached Australia in the 1830s and today accounts for about a quarter of the country’s wine production. Much of the volume comes from the Riverland and Riverina regions, while some of the highest value Shiraz comes from Barossa and, increasingly, cooler regions such as Yarra Valley and Adelaide Hills. Elsewhere Syrah has particularly significant plantings in California, Washington State, Castilla-La Mancha, South Africa, Argentina and Chile. It has also found a small, but high quality niche in New Zealand’s Gimblett Gravels.  

Famous Syrah regions: 

  • Northern Rhône, Southern Rhône & Languedoc, France 
  • Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Yarra Valley & Hunter Valley, Australia  
  • Stellenbosch & Swartland, South Africa 
  • Elqui & San Antonio, Chile 
  • Washington State, US 
  • Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand 

Anything else? 

Syrah in the Northern Rhône is often lightened with a dash of the perfumed white grape Viognier. Further south, Syrah is most likely to appear in a blend, usually featuring Grenache, Mourvèdre and/or Carignan. In Australia, the Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend is a national specialism. 

Our selection of great Syrah

  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, Northern Rhône 
  • Guigal, Côte Rôtie, Northern Rhône 
  • Henschke, Eden Valley, Australia 
  • Penfolds, South Australia 
  • Clonakilla, Canberra, Australia 

Country of origin: France
Color: white
Body: intense
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 6 to 450 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Antournerein, Anzher Muskatnyi, Antournerein Noir, Balsamina, Blauer Syrah, Bragiola, Di Santi, Candive, Candive Noir, Entournerin, Blaue Schiraz, Costigliola, Damas Noir du Puy De Dome, Damaszener Blau, Fresa Grossa, Entourneirein, Entournerein, Costiola, Hignin Noir, Neretta di Saluzzo, Neretta Di Costigliole, Neretto Di Dogliani, Neretta Piccola, Neretta Piccola Di Dogliani, Neretto Del Beinale, Neretto Di Saluzzo, Marsanne Noir, Marsanne Noire, Neiret Di Saluzzo, Plant de Biaune, Petite Sirrah, Petite Syras, Plant de la Bianne, Plant de la Biaune, Marzane Noir, Plan de la Biaune, Neiretta Cunese, Nereta Piccola Di Monre Galese, Neretta Cuneese, Neiretta Del Cuneese-Fassanese, Neiretta Del Monregalese, Neiretta Del Rosso, Neiretta Dell'Albese, Neiretta di Saluzzo, Neiretto del Cuneese, Neiretto Di Carru, Neiretto di Bene, Neiretto Di Costigliole, Neiretto Di Saluzzo, Neiretto Di Farigliano, Neretta Del Cuneese-Fassanese, Neretta del Monregalese, Petit Syrah, Serene, Schiraz, Schiras, Serenne, Zizak, Seraene, Serine Noir, Sereine, Serinne, Syra, Sirah, Sirac, Sirah Marsanne Noir, Syrac, Siriaca, Syrac de L'Ermitage, Shyrac, Sirica, Sevene, Shiras, Shiraz, Syrah Crni

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2022 RosaMati Toscana Rosato IGT
Fattoria Le Pupille
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
13,5%
RosaMati Toscana Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
94
2022 RosaMati Toscana Rosato IGT
Fattoria Le Pupille
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
13,5%
RosaMati Toscana Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
94
2022 Sì Costa Toscana Syrah Rosato IGT
Duemani
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
13%
Sì Costa Toscana Syrah Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
93
2022 Syrah
Albert Mathier & Fils
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
Red Wine
Syrah
13,4%
Syrah Red Wine
93
2022 Si Costa Toscana Syrah Rosato IGT
Duemani
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
Si Costa Toscana Syrah Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
93
2022 Sol Sera Costa Toscana Rosato IGT
Bulichella
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
13%
Sol Sera Costa Toscana Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
92
2022 I Pianali Toscana Rosato IGT
Argentiera
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
13,5%
I Pianali Toscana Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
91
2022 Le Petit Toscana Rosato IGT
Cantina Canaio
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
12,5%
Le Petit Toscana Rosato IGT Rosé Wine
91
2022 Achelo Syrah Cortona DOC
La Braccesca
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
Red Wine
Syrah
14%
Achelo Syrah Cortona DOC Red Wine
90
2022 Bacìo Toscana Rosato IGT
Marchesi Ginori Lisci
Italy
Toscana,  Italy
White Wine
Syrah
12,5%
Bacìo Toscana Rosato IGT White Wine
90
2022 Syrah de Vétroz AOC Valais
La Madeleine - André Fontannaz et Filles
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
Red Wine
Syrah
13,7%
Syrah de Vétroz AOC Valais Red Wine
90
2022 Anima Solis Rosé Terre Siciliane IGT
Fazio
Rosé Wine
Syrah
12,5%
Anima Solis Rosé Terre Siciliane IGT Rosé Wine
90
2022 Rosé vom Syrah
Weingut Helmut Preisinger
Austria
Lake Neusiedl,  Burgenland,  Austria
Rosé Wine
Syrah
11,5%
Rosé vom Syrah Rosé Wine
90
2022 I Pianali Rosato
Argentiera
Italy
Bolgheri,  Toscana,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
13,5%
I Pianali Rosato Rosé Wine
90
2022 Madamarosé Syrah Sicilia Rosato DOC
Tasca d’Almerita
Italy
Sicily,  Italy
Rosé Wine
Syrah
13%
Madamarosé Syrah Sicilia Rosato DOC Rosé Wine
90
2022 »Rosé« Worms Syrah trocken
Weingut Markus Keller
Germany
Rheinhessen,  Rhineland-Palatinate,  Germany
Rosé Wine
Syrah
12,5%
»Rosé« Worms Syrah trocken Rosé Wine
89+
2022 Syrah
Caves Défayes & Crettenand
Switzerland
Switzerland
Red Wine
Syrah
14%
Syrah Red Wine
89
2022 Syrah AOC Valais
Domaine Jean-René Germanier
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
Red Wine
Syrah
13,2%
Syrah AOC Valais Red Wine
89
2022 Finca Monastasia Nobel Syrah
Finca Monastasia
Spain
Jumilla,  Murcia,  Spain
Red Wine
Syrah
14,5%
Finca Monastasia Nobel Syrah Red Wine
88
2022 Syrah du Valais "Johannestrunk"
Johanniterkellerei Kuonen & Grichting AG
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
Red Wine
Syrah
13,4%
Syrah du Valais "Johannestrunk" Red Wine
88
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