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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  • Hey Fox,That was me and I'm glad you enjoyed the Efeste Syrah.  I came down with a bit of a cold and decided to wait until next weekend to open the Barolo.  I'll be sure to post my tasting notes here.  Hopefully this thread will not explode in the mean time! Read More

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  • Global warming, consumer tastes and Old World versus New World philosophy have ... ... interest is the rise of syrah from 2000 to 2010. The Australian favorite rose from 35th place to sixth place.  Anderson's findings also included variety shares fro 1990. The data revealed that Turkey's sultaniye grape suffered tremendous losses in its globa... Read More

    From the article Findings From New Database Focus on Global Varietal Trends

  • On Friday night, at my wife's dental office party, there was this Trapiche ... ... Owl "Athene" (Syrah/Cab Sav ), both very nice and followed by the Trapiche.  Weird.  It was very boring and not much fruit.  Mildly reminiscent of Friday, but made me glad I didn't get mor Read More

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  • Complicated by Taken Wine Co. Red Wine Central Coast 2012


    Fun and savory aromas of mushroom, blackberry, earth and smoke. With enough acidity to balance the fruit, this is a well balanced wine, full of ripe blackberry fruit, deep black cherry, licorice, vanilla from the oak, velvety tannins, and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Yalumba Shiraz Viognier Hand Picked Eden Valley 2010


    Big red and black fruit aromas, heat and spice in equal measure. Palate has an explosive amount of fresh acidity, black pepper, bold tarry notes, black fruit, a hint of eucalyptus, and a long finish with licorice and a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Adelaida Cellars the Tribe 2010


    Really nice 2010 Paso red blend. Crushed black cherry nose, more black cherry, red cherry, green plum, light fine grained tannins, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • EM, Rusack could be interesting because they might let you taste some wine made ... for us, we had the Estefe Syrah last night so we're still due for a Zin.  But not sure what we are eating so who knows?&nbs Read More

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  • Mandolin Syrah Central Coast 2012


    Black tar and mushroom aromas with savory soy sauce, blackberry and bramble fruit. Palate is more fruit forward, red cherry and earth, red licorice, cinnamon and cherry pie filling. The finish is cool and clean with light watermelon and strawberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Guilty as charged, I guess.  Not that I'm the first:  Didn't ... ... but that '11 Efeste Syrah was quite good nonetheless.  I worried a little about the "New World" comments on the back label and the inspiration for the name being the server at an Aussie winery, but this was no gloopy Shiraz.  The savory notes were all French roast coffee, no... Read More

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  • RBA, here's a link to my write up of our Paso trip last January. Things ... Terry Hoage makes some great syrah, and if you're willing to part with a few extra $$$, Denner and Daou make some really big and complex reds that I know you would enjo Read More

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