Another grape with an identity crisis, Syrah traces its lineage back to Rhone, France, where it is the primary grape in wines such as Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. Syrah also dominates many vineyards in Australia, where it is known as Shiraz. Rich and ripe, Syrah’s concentrated fruit notes make it a complex and elegant yet reasonably priced wine. Notes of blueberry, jam and smoke make this wine a perfect complement to summer barbecues featuring grilled or smoked meats.

Key Regions

  • France: Northern Rhone, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage
  • Australia: Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa
  • Washington(Columbia Valley), California(Central Coast)

Key Attributes

  • Aromas: Currant, Blackberry, Plum, Raisin, Chocolate
  • Flavors: Blackberry, Plum, Raisin, Smoke, Tobacco Leaf, Chocolate, Coffee

Classic Pairings

  • Grilled Red Meats, Smoked Meats, Venison, Lamb, Aged and Smoked Cheeses

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