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What is Syrah Wine

The Secrets to Syrah Wine

In a world where bigger is better, Syrah is the ideal choice.

It’s darker than Cabernet Sauvignon and contains high amounts of health-invigorating antioxidants. Discover the details of Syrah wine in this guide and learn the differences between New World and Old-World Syrah.

Guide to Syrah Wine 

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Syrah Wine Profile
FRUIT: Blackberry, Blueberry and Boysenberry (tart to jammy) OTHER: Olive, pepper, clove, vanilla, mint, licorice, chocolate, allspice, rosemary, cured meat, bacon fat, tobacco, herbs and smoke OAK: Yes. Usually medium to high usage of oak aging (of all kinds). TANNIN: Medium (+) ACIDITY: Medium (+) AGEABILITY: Yes. 5-9 years (most) & 12-25 years (age-worthy examples) COMMON SYNONYMS & REGIONAL NAMES: Shiraz, Sirac, Marsanne Noir, Entournerein, Serène, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, Côte-Rôtie, St. Joseph

 

 

 

Syrah Wine Regions

~460,000 acres worldwide (186,000 hectares)

France (169,000 acres)  Côtes du Rhône: Cornas, Hermitage, St. Joseph, Côte-Rôtie

Australia (105,000 acres)  Barossa, McLaren Vale, Limestone Coast

Spain (49,000 acres)  Priorat, Montsant, Toro, Yecla

Argentina (32,000 acres)  Mendoza, Salta

South Africa (25,000 acres)  Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek

United States (23,000 acres)  Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma, Columbia Valley (WA)

Italy (17,000 acres)  Tuscany, Sicily

Chile (15,000 acres)  Colchagua Valley, Maipo Valley

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The Taste of Syrah Wine

Syrah is responsible for some of the darkest full-bodied red wines in the world. It has dark fruit flavors from sweet blueberry to savory black olive.

When you taste Syrah you’ll be greeted with a punch of flavor that tapers off and then has a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste. Because of its front-loaded style, Syrah is often blended with grapes that add more mid-palate, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, to help make the wine taste more complete.

Traditionally in France, Syrah is blended with light-bodied Grenache and even richer Mourvedre to create the classic Côtes du Rhône blend.

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New World vs Old World Syrah

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New World Syrah regions include Australia, Chile, Argentina, and the United States.

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Old World Syrah regions include France, Italy, Spain, and Greece.

New World vs. Old World

Old World Syrahs from Italy and France tend to have more acidity and earthy-herbaceous aromas. New World-styled Syrah wines from Australia, The U.S. and South America usually have more fruit-driven characteristics with lots of spice. Visualize the common taste of Syrah wines depending on from what part of the world they originate.

7 Fascinating Facts About Syrah

Hermitage

Some of the most expensive Syrah in the world is from the 340+ acre appellation called Hermitage. The best wines are sourced from a hill close to the village of Tain-l’Hermitage and are noted for their floral and smoky aromas of blackberry and grilled meat.

Name Origin
The word Syrah may hail from “Syracruse” –a city in Sicily. Syracruse was a powerful city during the ancient Greek rule in 400 BC.
Lost blend
Before appellation control in France, the Bordelais blended Syrahinto their red wines to make them richer. Today, you can commonly find Cabernet-Syrah blends in both Australia and the United States.
Parentage
Two very obscure grapes are the parents of Syrah: Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Dureza is from Southern France, just North of Nimes in the Ardèche department. Mondeuse Blanche can be found in Savoy.
Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah does not mean ‘little Syrah.’ Petite Sirah (aka Durif) is a different grape variety and is the genetic offspring of Syrah and the more rare Peloursin.
Viticulture
Wine growers often say “Syrah likes a view” because the best vineyards are usually towards the top of hills where there is less soil, making the vines produce less (but more concentrated) grapes.
Winemaking
Because Syrah wines have such thick skins and high tannin, it is a common practice for winemakers to cold soak Syrah grapes for days (or even weeks!). Cold soaking (aka extended maceration) increases color and fruitiness in a wine while also reducing harsh tannin and herbaceous flavors.

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What is Wine?

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made with the fermented juice of grapes.

Technically, wine can be made with any fruit (i.e. apples, cranberries, plums, etc) but if it just says “wine” on the label then it’s made with grapes. (By the way, wine grapes are different than table grapes).

Speaking of differences, the difference between wine and beer is that beer is made from brewed grains that are then fermented. So very simply, wine is made from fruit and beer is made from grains. Of course, there exceptions –that push the boundaries of beer,–but that story is for another time.

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What are Wine Grapes?

Wine grapes are different than table grapes: they are smaller, sweeter and have lots of seeds. Most wines are made with a single species of grape that originated in Caucasus called Vitis vinifera. There are thousands of different varieties within the Vitis vinifera species–the most common is Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Origin of the term “Vintage”

Wine grapes take an entire season to ripen and thus, wine is produced just once a year. This is where the term vintage comes from: “Vint” stands for “Winemaking” and “age” implies the year it was made. So, when you see a vintage year listed on the label, that’s the year the grapes were picked and made into wine. The harvest season in the northern hemisphere (Europe, US) is from August–September and the harvest season in the southern hemisphere (Argentina, Australia) is from February–April.

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NON-VINTAGE (NV) WINE

Occasionally, you’ll find a wine without a vintage listed on the label. Typically, this is a blend of several vintages together; and in the case of Champagne, it will be labeled with “NV” which stands for “Non-Vintage.”

Single-Varietal Wine

A single-varietal wine is made primarily with one type of grape. It’s common to see these wines labeled by the name of that grape variety. For example, a bottle of Riesling is made with Riesling grapes. It’s useful to note that each country has different rules for how much of the variety should be included in order to be labeled as a varietal wine.

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Percentage Required to Label as a Single-Varietal Wine

75% USA*, Chile, South Africa, Australia, Greece
80% Argentina
85% Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand

Wine Blend

A wine blend is a wine made with a blend of several grape varieties.

Blending is a traditional method of winemaking, and today there are several famous wine blends produced in classic winemaking regions. Just so you know, most wine blends are mixed together after the fermentation (and aging) is complete. When grapes are blended and fermented together it is called a field blend. A famous example of a field blend is Port wine.

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A wine blend is a wine made with a blend of several grape varieties.

Blending is a traditional method of winemaking, and today there are several famous wine blends produced in classic winemaking regions. Just so you know, most wine blends are mixed together after the fermentation (and aging) is complete. When grapes are blended and fermented together it is called a field blend. A famous example of a field blend is Port wine.

The Taste of Wine

There are several facets that explain wine’s unique flavor: acidity, sweetness, alcohol, tannin, and aroma compounds produced in fermentation.

Acidity: Wine as a beverage lies on the acidic end of the pH scale ranging from as low as 2.5 (lemon) to as high as 4.5 (greek yoghurt). Wine tastes tart.

Sweetness: Depending on what style of wine you drink, sweetness in wine ranges from having no sugar at all to sweet like maple syrup. The term “dry” refers to a wine without sweetness.

 

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