Syrah

Parentage: Offspring of Dureza & Mondeuse Blanche
Aliases: Shiraz, Hermitage, Antourenein Noir, Candive, Marsanne Noir...
Grape Color: Black
Regions: Rhone (France), California AVAs, Australia
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Syrah. Shiraz. Sirac. Schiras. Marsanne Noir. The names can go on endlessly to describe one of the most powerful red wine-producing grapes in the world.

The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest rooted history lies in the Rhone region of Southwestern France, as the wines that made this varietal famous were from hermitage, located in northern Rhone. The name “Shiraz,” however, gained popularity in Australia where this dark-skinned varietal has long been heavily planted. The birthplace of Syrah is still unknown, with many legends linking together both its aliases, suggesting origins in Iran, Rhone, and Australia.

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  • South Africa

      The history of wine-making in South Africa began as the Dutch East India company establish...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Chile

    Winemaking was first introduced to Chile by Spanish settlers in the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

  • South Australia

    South Australia is the strong arm of the Australia wine industry, where the majority of the cou...

Popular Wineries using Syrah

  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards

    Hamilton Russell Vineyards is one of the most southerly wine Estates in Africa and one of the clo...

  • Neil Ellis Wines

    Neil Ellis Wines differs from most South African wineries in that instead of owning vineyards we ...

  • Goats Do Roam Wine Company

    Goats do Roam is a South African wine company, based in the Paarl region of the Cape winelands...

  • Rupert & Rothschild

    At the foot of the spectacular Simonsberg mountain in the Franschhock Valley lies the historic Fr...

  • Tall Horse

    Tall Horse is a winery in the Western Cape, at the tip of South Africa, named for the nickname ...

  • Robertson Winery

    Our winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 4t...

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Syrah on Snooth

  • Ojai Rose 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Salmon coloredthat is the way to describe it. A very floral/fruity nose. Fruitiness (One might be inclined to say it is sweet, but it is not.) is also the first impression in the mouthstrawberry as much as anythingbut then there is a great refreshing tartness. Then, an effervescence sensation. Easy drinking summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Beso de Vino Seleccion 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Black herbs and spicy blackberry, little blackberry, blackcurrant, almost sweet fruit on entry,black fruited, nicecut, a bit spicy, long fruity finish, nice complexity on the midpalate which is a bit mineral and savory and leads to a modest finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • It's getting quite warm here in SoCal Much fruitier--not sweet--than ... ... one is a blend of 76% Syrah and equal parts of Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.  So, now you understand the fruit (and floral) overtones.  Good acid makes it quite refreshing. Great summer-evening-out-on-the-patio wine.  It's interesting that all the vineyards... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Sparklng Zinfandel!!!  That sounds so good to us Zinfandel bigots.  I saw the pic in the other thread and was wondering what it was.  I've always thought that sparkling red wine was the best accompaniment to the Turkey/Stuffing/Cranberry Sauce Thanksgiving feast. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • "taste, spit, dump.""It's a sin to waste this stuff!"Asked and answered!  ;-) Read More

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  • I updated the OP wines. Thanks for listing what you are bringing guys! The Under The Wire inaugural release opens today. With a little luck I will be able to secure some by the 19th. You all can be some of the first people ever to drink it.Darren it's three fold... taste, spit, dump. There is no such thing as too much wine. Read More

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  • Having formerly been, albeit temporarily, an Ordained Minister, I will certainly be preaching straight out of Proverbs over the Philistines as they foresaketh the Lord.  I'll rebuke them for their slovenly drunkenness and fornication.  There'll be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.... Read More

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  • "I'm going to try and not drink too much at OT's Syrah event."I'll make sure I have plenty of food for you then. Sounds like you could use to add a few lbs. ;) Read More

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  • Fox, I agree.  I'm not sure of statistics on obesity in US v. Canada, ... drink too much at OT's Syrah event.&nbs Read More

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  • Lucha, you're brilliant!  Yes, that was John Candy and Joe Flaherty playing a couple if hillbilly farmers with a penchant for blowing up their guests.  (Yes, like explosions).  I guess you got SCTV in Seattle?I'm starting to think there is going to be WAY too much wine.  WAY!!!!   We should have limited it to two per person.  It's a sin to waste... Read More

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