(or Shiraz, if you’re Down Under)
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.
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.