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The Facts about Syrah / Shiraz

Syrah aka Shiraz Grapes Produce some outstanding wines, with Australia leading the pack for excellent inexpensive versions.It 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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