All You Need To Know About Shiraz

July 16, 2018

Shiraz produces wines of a diverse style, from easy-drinking, fresh style to the intense, full-bodied and highly concentrated styles. Discover the facts behind Shiraz here.

Shiraz or Syrah is the red grape used to make the famous Rhône wines and most Rhône blends. While it is widely planted in France, traditionally grown in the Rhône Valley, it has also spread to many other countries, being very successful in Australia, South Africa, Argentina and California.

Basically, Syrah and Shiraz is the same grape, only from different locations. In Australia and South Africa, the grape is called Shiraz, or Hermitage. 

 

  • Shiraz and Syrah come from the same grape - small, thick-skinned, dark coloured grape
  • The grape is small & thick-skinned, which gives it a high proportion of tannic seed and skin to sweet flesh
  • Often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache as well as Mouvedre, commonly known as GSM

 

 

  • Fruit – Blackcurrant, Cherry, Blackberry, Plum, Raisin
  • Oak – Cedar, Smoke, Vanilla, Spice, Pepper
  • Complex – Chocolate, Coffee, Tobacco, Earth, Herb

 

 

Aromas

 

  • Fruit – Blackcurrant, Cherry, Blackberry, Plum, Raisin
  • Oak – Cedar, Smoke, Vanilla, Spice, Pepper
  • Complex – Chocolate, Coffee, Tobacco, Earth, Herb

 

Styles

 

  • Fresh Fruit/Easy Drinking – Filled with bright, fresh fruit and easy drinking
  • Intense Fruit/Ripe Tannins – Great fruit flavors and medium bodied with detectable tannins
  • Highly Concentrated Fruit/Firm Tannins – Full bodied and dense with loads of fruit flavors and ample tannins

  • France - Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Cornas, Saint-Joseph
  • Spain - Priorat, Montsant, Toro
  • Australia - McLaren Valley, Hunter Valley, Columbia Valley
  • Italy - Tuscany, Sicily
  • California - Central Coast, Amador, Napa Valley
  • South Africa - Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek


 

  • Red meat, lamb, venison, light cheese

 

Fun Fact: Syrah is often blended with grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon (Click on the link to learn more about Cabernet Sauvignon) which add more mid-palate, making the wine more complete. 

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