was believed at one time that the name of the grape Shiraz may
have been taken from the city of Shiraz, Iran, where the process of wine making possibly originated
more then 7000 years ago. However, this grape originated in France, according to a DNA study in 1998. The study proved that the grape had originated in the vicinity of the Northern Rhône valley of France.
Syrah produces deeply colored
wines with full body, firm tannin, with aromas and flavors that
can suggest berries, smoked meats, bell peppers, spice and ripe
fruit. Lighter medium bodied versions (such as many for
less then 10 dollars a bottle from Australia) tend to provide
more strawberry-like flavor profiles.
Syrah / Shiraz doesn't really
require any blending with other grapes to compliment its flavors
and can stand alone quite well. The Australians, however
often blend Shiraz with Cabernet
Sauvignon or even Merlot
to make some inexpensive, very interesting and great tasting
medium bodied blends. (Yellow Tail and Black Swan being two
excellent examples) In the Southern Rhone Valley of France
it is often blended with Grenache and other varieties as well.
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