Syrah is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. Many confuse Syrah with Shiraz, but that is because they are the same grape variety. In France, Syrah is popularly grown and made in the Northern Rhone valley region. However, in Australia, it is known as Shiraz and made with a unique fruit-forward style.
What is Syrah Wine?
Syrah is mostly crafted as a red wine, known for its deep red colour, tannins and peppery aromatic profile. It is also the type of grape that is highly sensitive to temperature but can also be adaptable. Whether it's grown in a more moderate climate or a warmer one, Syrah is able to take on its environment and provide a unique taste of its surroundings. If you like full-bodied red wine then there is plenty to love about Syrah wine. While some varieties emphasise a fruit-forward, savoury, or spicy taste, this wine will be sure to satisfy the red wine connoisseur.
Where is Syrah from?
It's often debated where the true origins of Syrah came from, however, the reality is that this wine was born and bred in France. Syrah’s journey began in the 18th century in Rhone Valley, where it still remains the main prominent red grape variety today.
In the 1830s, Syrah was first introduced to Australia by a Scottish viticulturist named James Busby. It remains a mystery how the name Syrah got to be called Shiraz, and some speculate it is due to the pronunciation of the thick Australian accent.
As the grape variety spread worldwide, Syrah and Shiraz's names have grown to be an indication of style rather than origin. Syrah has expanded in production in many countries around the world such as Spain, South Africa, USA, Chile and even New Zealand. However, Australia still remains the second-largest producer of Syrah.
What is the difference between Syrah and Petite Sirah?
Syrah and Petite Sirah sound very similar, and some would even think it translates to baby Syrah. Believe it or not, they are in fact different from each other. Petit Sirah is a new grape entirely that was crossed with Syrah and Peloursin, which was founded by a French Botanist named Francois Durif in the 1860s.
This grape was then introduced to California where it got its name Petit Sirah because of how it resembled Syrah, only with smaller berries. Overall, it is often referred to as the small child of the Syrah, where this variety mainly dominates in the USA as the largest producer.
What food does Syrah pair with?
Syrah is the ideal partner for heartier foods such as grilled meats like sausage, game, and even saucy or spice-rubbed barbecue. As grilled flavours match the intensity of this bold wine. Tasting notes can be slightly sharp, with a mouth-watering fruity flavour which can pair nicely with artisan cured meat and cheese platters (especially with olives).
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