New World Syrah

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New World Syrah Syrah gets no respect. This versatile grape just has too many things working against it for it to really go mainstream.

Consider that one of its greatest attributes is that it sometimes smells like meat, black pepper and olives, and you know we’ve lost more than half the market right there. On the other hand, much Syrah has been made in a very fruity style to combat that gamy savoriness. A fruity style that is often aided by copious amounts of sweetening residual sugar. Strike two.

And strike three? The simple fact that you rarely know what you’re going to get. Is it going to be a fruit bomb or something savory? Personally, I prefer more of the savory aspects, when married to ripe fruit, of course.

But it is the complexity of Syrah that really rocks my boat. This is something I usually get from Northern Rhone Syrah, but today I decided to take a peek at some New World Syrahs, searching for any which could be potentially gift-worthy.

There’s a lot to like from this selection, with some really stunning wines. All were in a pretty full, exuberant style, but at their best, these wrapped in some lovely herbal and meaty nuances. It it those nuances that set Syrah apart.

It’s hard to fully tame the varietal nature of Syrah, one of the wine’s greatest assets in my opinion, so lets celebrate the winemakers that allow Syrah to speak for itself!

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  • New World Syrah? I think you mean US Syrah!!!

    New World indeed - I hope your audience is Australia and that you get some ribald banter amongst the feedback!

    Dec 13, 2011 at 8:48 AM

  • I love Syrah and at my job often point red drinkers in its direction. I recently tried the 2005 JR Honey wine Syrah, absolutely party in your mouth good!

    Dec 13, 2011 at 7:18 PM

  • Oh dear - Have just seen D'Arrys Laughing Magpie at the very end.

    Mispeception caused by insufficient Shiraz. Off out now to rectify......

    Dec 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

  • Snooth User: markebo
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    come on Australia can't make a good syrah ,shaw and smith ,yerringberg underhill ,giaconda, all shocking stuff , really not worth exporting ,great for marinating beef steaks in.The US rules in the new world
    I hope this keeps the demand down because Im not in a sharing mood

    Jan 10, 2012 at 5:18 AM

  • The idea that Australia cant make a good syrah is not supported by the weight of evidence. I dont know these examples, but would refer you to the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Strathbogie Ranges areas.
    The Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand is also improving.
    I find the idea that aussie Shiraz is only good for marinading steaks crass and offensive, unless you are richer than the Gettys, and a deep drop in quality of opinion for these pages

    Jan 10, 2012 at 5:29 AM

  • Snooth User: markebo
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    lol ,come on fella look at the joke ,pour a glass of wine and look at the wines stated and maybe give yourself a little smile ,I don't perfer Barossa or Clare these days while I cut my teeth on them years ago ( Charlie Melton is the exception ) Im into cool climate styes these days with balance and good lenght .
    I don't want good Australian wines to be found from the small wineries because prices will just keep going up and up as overseas demand takes it away , thus I'm not in as sharing mood!
    lets just keep sending the two buck chucks over to them and keep the good stuff

    Jan 10, 2012 at 7:37 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Very funny, I'll be tasting some Aussie Shiraz here in the office soon. Not the great under the radar and small producers that you enjoy but what we can find here in the states.

    Jan 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM

  • Markebo you have redeemed yourself with the mere mention of moustachioed genius Charlie Melton.
    And if you put your steaks in Nine Popes we will send the straitjacket to you by express delivery!
    There are cool climate styles hence Starthbogie Ranges/Mount Lofty areas, also Victoria.
    Lol indeed

    Jan 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM

  • Snooth User: Bill Hock
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    Nobody is mentioning Penfold's "Grange". Originally, it was called "Grange Hermitage" to show that it could rival wines coming from the Northern Rhone. This is obviously something I cannot afford, nor can most people. What is does show is that this question was posed many years ago and still relevant today for debate. Cheers, All!

    Feb 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM

  • Anybody tried the Jax limited produccion 2005 Syrah. Try to beat it for its price, no way!

    Feb 21, 2012 at 2:31 PM

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