Syrah Wines

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Syrah wines are grown from the dark, dark blue, nearly black Syrah grape. Syrah calls France its first home, primarily in the wines of the Rhone Valley. But Syrah has made a second home in Australia, where it changed its name to Shiraz. Shiraz wines are now among the best that Australia has to offer.

Que . . . Syrah?

In France, Syrah wines are made exquisitely well in the northern Rhone Valley. Cote Rotie, Hermitage, Cornas, and Crozes-Hermitage all have benchmark Syrahs available. Australian Shiraz wines are quite fine, and are often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. American Syrahs are medium bodied and said to be nicely flavored, though they focus more on the spices, and less on the flavor of berries than the French and Australian versions.

The Syrah grape lends itself perfectly to hearty, spicy reds. It's used to create wines which are useful and enjoyable for everyday. The Syrah grape, though dark, bold, and very spicy, "plays well with others," and is often found pleasantly co-mingling with other grapes in some delightful blends.

In straightforward varietal wines, it contains flavors and aromas of black berries and other black fruits, peppers and other spices. It can be made in wines that are soft, medium and full-bodied. If you're new to the world of Syrah varietal wine, you might start a focused study with wines from the Rhone region of France. Award winning bottles may be found as inexpensively as under $15.00, making them an affordable, and delicious, course of study.

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