Syrah

Syrah

(or Shiraz, if you’re Down Under)

 

Syrah on the Vine

The Grape

Native to France, syrah thrives in warm climates and is considered quite easy to cultivate. Overcropping leads to undesirable qualities (such as over-sweetened blackberry juice or burnt fossil fuels) in the finished wine made from the grapes. Lower yields on the vine allows for a more proper expression of the grape in the bottle.

 

The Wine

Syrah is generally a fruit- (blackberry, raspberry) and spice- (anise, mint) driven wine that will also present secondary flavor profiles including woodsmoke, char, toast, leather, or vanilla. While the natural tannins and fruitiness of Syrah are big, a proper fermentation and aging process will generally serve to tame both.