Syrah and Shiraz are one and the same grape. In France (and when made in the French style), it's Syrah but in Australia (and when made in the Aussie style) it's known as Shiraz.
The Aussies have led the way in improving the popularity of Shiraz among winemakers and these days it's grown around the world, from Spain to Washington ... it's traveled a long way from its homeland in the Rhône, where it reaches its pinnacle on the hill of Hermitage.
Syrah thrives in a warm climate, producing dark, complex, long-lived wines with powerful, rich berry fruit. In more moderate climates it can develop a sought-after peppery character and has tremendous aging potential.
Voluptuous red fruit flavors and mouthwarming spice
Wines to Try
Penfolds Grange, Domaine Yann Chave, Charles Smith
Rhône, Barossa, Columbia Valley (WA), Languedoc, Napa Valley
- Australia's greatest red wine, the iconic Grange, is made almost entirely from Shiraz with just a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon depending on the vintage.
- Syrah is often blended with a dash of the white grape Viognier.
- If you like Shiraz, you might also like Durif. It is related (a cross of Syrah and the lesser-known Peloursin), but is often smoother and similarly full-flavored, with notes of plum and black fruit.