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Grape Varietals

Shiraz / Syrah

Shiraz-Grapes

Cote-Rotie-Rhone-Valley

Hermitage-Rhone-Valley

Henschke-Shiraz-Australia

Introduction

Syrah or Shiraz is a thick skinned, red grape variety that originated in Northern Rhone Valley, France and is today grown in Italy, Spain, Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. It is estimated to be the 7th most grown variety in the world with Australia being the biggest producer, second only to France. The name Shiraz came about in Australia and is also commonly used in South Africa and other New World Wine Regions. It is referred to as Syrah in the Old World Regions and the United States. In the 18th and the first half of the 19th centuries, before the 1855 appellation rules were established, top Bordeaux châteaux would use Syrah to improve their wines, especially in weaker vintages, a practice that is totally illegal today. And this is how it started to become popular.

Syrah / Shiraz Wines

Syrah, as it is known in France, is grown throughout the Rhône valley. The differences in the soil quality as well as the changes in the slope of the terrain tend to produce different styles of wine ranging from the mineral and tannic nature of Hermitage, to fruity and perfumed in the case of Côte-Rôtie (where it was traditionally blended with Viognier). The wines that are made from it vary greatly, even over small changes in the vines locations. Today, Syrah wines are most commonly blended with Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and with small amounts of Viognier too. Syrah adds body, depth and spice character to a wine when blended. The most f

Wines made from Shiraz are often powerfully flavoured and full-bodied. They are characterised with high tannins, high acidity, blackberry, dark chocolate flavours. It shows mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice and clove characteristics in wines from warm and hot climate regions. Due to their concentrated flavours and high tannin content, many premium Shiraz wines are at their best after some considerable bottle aging. In exceptional cases, this may be 15 years or longer. With age the wine develops aromas of leather, wet leaves and earth. Although its best incarnations will age for decades, less-extracted styles may be enjoyed young for their lively red and blueberry characters and smooth tannin structure. Today, growers all over the world are experimenting with this easy-to-love grape, whose wines however ripe always have a savoury kick at the end.

Food Pairings

Shiraz wines pairs well with red meats, foods with big bold robust flavours like roasted or barbecued meats, spicy Indian curries, tikkas and biryanis. DON’T pair it with delicate or mild foods.

Interesting Facts

In Australia, besides being called Shiraz, the grape was also commonly called Hermitage up to the late 1980s, but since that name is also a French Protected Designation of Origin, this naming practice caused a problem in some export markets and was dropped.

Shiraz has been widely used as a blending grape in the red wines of many countries due to its fleshy fruit mid-palate, balancing the weaknesses of other varieties and resulting in a "complete" wine.

Our Wines :
  1. Thelema, Shiraz - 2010

    RP 90
    South Africa
    Shiraz
    Red Wine