I can’t tell you exactly why this is true, though the fact that Syrah tends to be savory and spicy in flavor profile, as opposed to purely fruity, has a lot to do with it. Even under less than ideal conditions, Syrah ripens to reveal complexity, depth and, with age, elegance that few grapes can match. No wonder it’s planted round the world!
While I’d love to have a broader selection to share with you, I fall back today on a selection of North American and Australian examples of Syrah, or Shiraz as the case may be. I was frankly surprised at how well some of these wines showed!