Que Syrah, Syrah! The Beginner’s Guide to Syrah/Shiraz Wine

February 4, 2019

 

Known as Syrah in Europe and the United States, this wine is known for its bold flavor and strong aroma. It’s no surprise that this wine has gained popularity in recent years.

Known to be one of the deepest red wines in terms of coloring, Syrah is visibly different to the famous Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Syrah is known to have a complex flavor which can drastically change depending on the way it is handled. The blending and aging process of this wine can really affect the flavor profile.

Being a red wine, Syrah pairs well with red meats. This wine is popular at barbecues. The grape is grown in wineries and therefore can differ greatly from region to region. Syrah is also a key ingredient for the popular wine blend Chateauneuf du Pape.

 

Brief history

The origins of this grape are still being speculated today. Since it is grown in most parts of the world today, no one has been able to precisely date back to its origins.

Some experts are of the opinion that the grape originated in Iran, though this is just a hunch.

 

If legend were to be believed, French crusaders brought back this grape from the city of Shiraz and planted it in France. Once again no proof has been found.

 

Despite the conundrum on its origin, Syrah grapes have been cultivated and vinified in France for centuries. Their presence has been confirmed by other red wine blends like Cote-Rotie.

Dark grapes have once again become fashionable. The Australian wine industry plays a vital role in its rebirth.

 

Characteristics

 

Experts have much to say about this wine. Wine lovers relish the taste of a Shiraz. It is known for it’s acidic in nature which makes it perfect to sip with food. This wine can last well in warmer climates. It doesn’t become ‘jammy’ as other wines do in more humid climates.

 

Shiraz features flavors of dark fruits like blackberries and blueberries, with the undertones of pepper, tobacco, and chocolate.

 

The high tannin and acid in this wine makes it perfect for ageing. The longer the wine is left in the barrel, the smoother it gets. The wine can last 5-10 years in bottles and 25 years in a cellar.

 

Are you looking to delve into some good quality local Shiraz? Wine tastings tours are a great way to get familiar with the best local wines. Solvang has the best wineries to offer. Wine tasting trips in Solvang are a popular recreational activity here. Call 805-734-7565 for more information or book a tour today with Solvang Wine Tours.

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