Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape, but make very different wines, as we explore here.
What is it famous for?
It makes fantastic wine in famous Northern Rhône sub-regions such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie, it is also the grape used to make Australia’s most iconic (and expensive) wines, Penfolds Grange.
It makes fantastic wine in famous Northern Rhône sub-regions such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.
Where does it grow?
In France, Syrah is at its very best in the Northern Rhône, where it produces dark, powerful wines with dark fruity characters balanced with elements of pepper and spice. Shiraz is synonymous with Australia, where it produces richer wines: more dark chocolate than black pepper.
When a country like New Zealand chooses the name Syrah, it is indicative of a style which is more akin to France than Australia.
What does it taste like?
Dense and darkly fruited (blackberry) with pepper, spice and violet aromas
Shiraz is synonymous with Australia, where it produces richer wines.
Tastes great with:
Hearty meat stews and vegetable moussaka.
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- Mouvèdre (Monastrell in Spanish)
- Douro Valley blends