Syrah

The historic home of Syrah is undoubtedly the northern Rhône region, where it was introduced by the Romans, yet it has now made a comfortable second home for itself in Australia where it is called Shiraz. It may be the same grape but can be quite different stylistically, although there is a noticeable move in Australia to produce examples that are closer to the more refined French style. Syrah, like Cabernet Sauvignon, has the ability to age very well and is often used add extra depth and character to blended wines, most notably in the southern Rhône Valley and now throughout appellations in the Languedoc/Roussillon region as well. Lots of sweet berry, spice and dark chocolate character from warmer climates. Its signature violet and black pepper notes often more in evidence from examples in slightly cooler regions like Western Australia or the northern Rhône.

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