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Shiraz / Syrah

The popularity and climatic versatility of Syrah has seen it planted globally, and adopt a second name of Shiraz, although it is unclear as to what it was originally called.

In the Rhône Valley, Syrah is the key component in wines, most famously in Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte-du-Rhone and Côte-Rotie. The blending with Grenache and Mouvèdre has led to the use of the Syrah name in cooler climates such as New Zealand. While the Rhône is a warm region, the style of wine associated with the name Syrah is fairly common globally, so we differentiate between the two names.

The popularity and climatic versatility of Syrah has seen it planted globally, and adopt a second name of Shiraz, although it is unclear as to what it was originally called.

In the Rhône Valley, Syrah is the key component in wines, most famously in Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte-du-Rhone and Côte-Rotie. The blending with Grenache and Mouvèdre has led to the use of the... read more.

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Key Regions

France (Rhône Valley: Hermitage, Cornas, Cote-Rotie and St.Joseph), New Zealand and America.

Synonyms

Antourenein Noir; Balsamina; Candive; Entournerein; Hermitage (previously used as a synonym in Australia); Hignin Noir; Marsanne Noir; Petite Syrah (northern Rhône); Schiras; Sirac; Syra; Syrac; Serine; Sereine; Shiraz.

Colour and Flavours

Syrah wines are often purplish-black in colour, with aromas of violets, game meat, white pepper, spices, herbs, and cinnamon. The palate generally has the same pepper and spice character as the aroma, with a salami and dried meat finish. The wines can age exceptionally well and become more rounded and earthy with time. The use of oak plays an important part in affecting the wine; it is common in Syrah that oak is used lightly to allow the fruit and spice flavours to dominate. Pencil shavings, cedar and burnt toast characters can be noticeable in wines of a more potent oak character.

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  1. Aikya, Soul Tree Sparkling Brut, Nasik Valley, India

    Aikya, Soul Tree Sparkling Brut, Nasik Valley, India 75cl

    This is an aromatic and fruity sparkling wine. Fresh light lemon with hints of green peppers show on the palate with and aromatic and fruity finish. This is a really interesting sparkling wine.

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  2. Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe

    Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe, 2008 75cl

    Very grippy style, with lots of sweet, spicy tobacco, braised chestnut notes weaving through a core of dark currant and fig fruit. There's a nice twinge of lavender on the structured finish.

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  3. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château la Nerthe

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château la Nerthe, 2009 75cl

    An elegant wine with a silky texture of raspberries and plums. This 2009 vintage is just about starting to open up. Its full bodied character is rich and seductive and is one to watch evolve over the next few years.

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  4. Gigondas, Cuvée Prestige Domaine Grand Romane

    Gigondas, Cuvée Prestige Domaine Grand Romane, 2012 75cl

    Ruby purple in colour with ground pepper, black currant, cherries and loamy soil aromatic undertones. It is a deeply full-bodied and powerful Gigondas.

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  5. Arbouse Jean-Henri Fabre, Massif d'Uchaux Cotes du Rhone

    Arbouse Jean-Henri Fabre, Massif d'Uchaux Cotes du Rhone, 2014 75cl

    This is a cracking Côtes du Rhone. The aroma is crammed full of raspberry and strawberry fruit. On the palate the wine is spicier with firm structure that has a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. A very well made wine.

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  6. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Télégramme F D Brunier

    Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Télégramme F D Brunier, 2014 75cl

    This is a deep, rich, luscious wine which is soft and plummy on the palate and exhibits hints of spice and leather. The taninns are ripe but fairly gentle and the finish is long and complex. 

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  7. Cotes du Rhone Villages, Plan de Dieu, Frederick Reverdy

    Côtes du Rhône Villages, Plan de Dieu, Frederick Reverdy, 2014 75cl

    A lovely medium bodied expression from the Southern Rhone.  The nose is reminiscent of the surrounding garrigue (scrubland), with scents of thyme and bay laurel. These aromas continue on to the palate and are joined by deep black fruits.

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  8. Crozes-Hermitage, Frederick Reverdy, 2013

    Crozes-Hermitage, Frederick Reverdy, 2014 75cl

    This full bodied, Syrah dominated wine is full  of concentrated black fruit aromas as well as hints of spice and after a few years bottle aging will develop a leathery, gamey character. The tannins are firm but balanced and the finish persistent and satisfying.

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  9. Vacqueyras, Domaine Grandy, 2014

    Vacqueyras, Domaine Grandy, 2014 75cl

    Full bodied and intensely rich wine which exhibits aromas of violets and small red fruits. Full in the mouth with a spicy character which leads to a powerfull finish. Given a couple of years of bottle aging this wine will develop aromas of liquorice, woodland and pepper.   

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  10. Côtes du Rhône, Vieilles Vignes Les Corteaux du Rhone

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    Typical, straight forward Cote du Rhone with the classic fresh fruit character which is supported by peppery notes.

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  11. Shrinking Violet Syrah Viognier, Pays d'Oc

    Shrinking Violet Old Vine Syrah, Pays d'Oc, 2014 75cl

    This is an intriguing wine from the Languedoc. It has a wonderful aroma of cherries with subtle spice. On the palate it is full and rich with wonderful deep red fruits with a rounded and very smooth finish. The name is inspired by the blend, with the s

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  12. Château Trillol, Corbièrs

    Château Trillol, Corbièrs, 2012 75cl

    A fine blend of Rhone Valley grape varieties which marries a fruit driven core with a complex peppery finish. 

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