Syrah or Shiraz

Shiraz or syrah are two names for the same variety. Europe vintners only use the name syrah. Food pairings: meat (steak, beef, wild game, stews, etc.) Districts: syrah excels in California, in Australia, and in France’s Rhone Valley. Typical taste in varietal wine: aromas and flavors of wild black fruit (such as blackcurrant), with overtones of black pepper spice and roasting meat. The abundance of fruit sensations is often complemented by warm alcohol and gripping tannins. Toffee notes if present come not from the fruit but from the wine having rested in oak barrels. The shiraz variety gives hearty, spicy reds. While shiraz is used to produce many average wines it can produce some of the world’s finest, deepest, and darkest reds with intense flavors and excellent longevity. You’ll discover Syrahs of value and elegance by reading my reviews of French wines.

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  1. Line 39 Petite Syrah

    Line 39 Petite Syrah


    The 2013 Petite Sirah offers aromas of red and black fruits and warm baking spices with a hint of oak. A full bodied wine that is both complex and elegant, this Petite Sirah calls out for a big, juicy steak. Learn More
  2. Domaine La Montagnette 2015

    Domaine La Montagnette 2015


    Domaine la Montagnette is made by a quality minded co-op, Les Vignerons D'Estezargues, a group of 10 sustainable fruit growers in the southern Rhône. This co-op is different from other because winemaker Denis Deschamps does not blend all the fruit to make a bulk product. Denis preserves the integrity of Montagnette by using only the domaine's fruit, cultured yeasts, and enzymes, and by limiting the amount of sulfur. This unfined/unfiltered cuvée is a combination of mostly Grenache with some Syrah exclusively from the village of Signargues. Learn More
  3. Delas Cote Du Ventoux 2013

    Delas Cote Du Ventoux 2013


    The color is a deep ruby red, showing garnet reflections while young. With its predominately berry-fruit bouquet, this wine shows the full aromatic power of these two fine grape varieties whilst retaining the freshness imparted by well-controlled winemaking. The Ventoux pairs well with Provencale stews, cold cuts, mixed grills and wild fowl. Learn More
  4. QUPE Syrah

    QUPE Syrah


    The Qupe Syrah is a classic, straightforward and delicious Syrah that has ripe berry fruit, leather, licorice and sappy underbrush; pure, balanced and delicious. Learn More
  5. Apothic Red Wine

    Apothic Red Wine


    Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of blackberry and dark cherry layered with hints of mocha, chocolate and brown spice. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend. Learn More
  6. Chateau Mourgues Du Gres

    Chateau Mourgues Du Gres


    Predominantly Grenache Blanc with a little Vermentino and Roussanne, this graceful white wine combines fruitiness and freshness. Notes of citrus fruits are mingled with the aromas of white flowers and a touch of minerality. Learn More
  7. Feudo Zirtari Nero D'avola Siciliane

    Feudo Zirtari Nero D'avola Siciliane


    This wine is the meeting point between two enological worlds, between tradition and innovation. A product of the warm Sicilian soils, this wine brings together the uniqueness of the native Nero d'Avola grape and the refined elegance of the Syrah. A perfect match for red meats and aged cheeses. Blend: 55% Nero d'Avola, 45% Syra Learn More
  8. 14 Hands Hot To Trot Red

    14 Hands Hot To Trot Red


    This polished red wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea. Flavors of cherries, ripe berries and plums, supported by a frame of refined tannins, give way to subtle notes of baking spice on a persistent finish. Comprised of mostly Merlot and Syrah. Learn More
  9. Domaine Carabiners Syrah 15

    Domaine Carabiners Syrah 15


    Spontaneous, sincere Syrah from the Languedoc, clean and fruity, traditional and spicy with nice density. Pleasant round tannins, very nice drinking flow. Easy drinking has rarely been more fun! Majority and harmonious red wine for many occasions. In Blindverkostungen striking well also beside much more expensive wines. A bit of air animate this durable wine. Learn More
  10. Bloem Syrah Mourvedre

    Bloem Syrah Mourvedre


    In this blend, black currant and cherry fruit aromas are balanced with exotic spice and earthy undertones. The wine is smooth with a dry, lingering finish. Perfect alongside the braai. Learn More
  11. Monsanto Monrosso Red

    Monsanto Monrosso Red


    Castello Monsanto is the maker of this 2013 Castello Monsanto Monrosso , a red wine from the region of Chianti that is based on the best of canaiolo, merlot and sangiovese of 2013 and shows an alcoholic content of 14%. Uvinum users rate this red wine with 4 out of 5 points. Learn More
  12. Mas Donis Old Vines

    Mas Donis Old Vines


    Celler de Capçanes began as a village cooperative in 1933 and today is regarded as leading wine producer of the region. This special cuvee is produced from 75 year old Garnacha vines and 30+ year old Syrah vines. Both varieties are independently hand harvested, vinified and slowly matured in French and American oak for 9 months before blending. The wine then spends another 6 months in tank to meld the flavours and produce a well-integrated, complex and fruit-forward red. Pair it with lamb shank, chicken & chorizo paella, and medium cheeses. Learn More
  13. Colossal Reserve

    Colossal Reserve


    Of intense ruby color this wine presents itself with a great concentration in the nose. Extremely rich aroma with predominant notes of ripe red fruit and some floral notes, well integrated with the notes of spices from the stage in French and American oak. In the mouth, it presents a great complexity with notes of plum and blackberries, well integrated with ripe tannins. The finish of the mouth is rich and elegant. Learn More
  14. Tres Patas Mentrida

    Tres Patas Mentrida


    Canopy Tres Patas is a red wine from D.O. Méntrida, produced in Bodegas Canopy. This is a young winery that carries out organic agriculture, with minimum intervention, allowing the siliceous-granitic soils to fully express themselves and achieve quality wines. The climate in this area is extreme continental, with long cold winters, slightly tempered by the mountain range Sierra de Gredos, which acts as a natural barrier against the cold winds from the north and the west. Summers are warm, and rainfall is very scarce. The large seasonal temperature variation is perfect to ripen the grapes. Learn More
  15. Robert Oatley GSM 2015

    Robert Oatley GSM 2015


    Macerated red fruits and musk from Grenache, structure and longevity via Shiraz, Mouvedre's gamey notes and minerality. Learn More
  16. The Boatman Red Wine

    The Boatman Red Wine


    California is good at making inexpensive red wine blends that taste like melted jello, but rarely do these wines possess much in the way of character. The Boatman is the bomb man! Holy smokes is this supremely delicious and super drinkable. The rare Alicante Bouschet grape, known for being one of the few red wine grapes that has red juice, leads the darkly-hued charge. Malbec and Merlot add to the saturated color profile while giving it smooth edges and extra berry punch. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah add a little dust and grip to this tasty, ultra-satisfying blend. An all purpose, all star California wine for just about any occasion. Learn More
  17. Concannon Petite Sirah

    Concannon Petite Sirah


    Central Coast, CA- This rich, full-bodied Petite Sirah is brimming with floral notes, ripe bing cherry, and touches of blueberry on the nose. A hint of toasty oak segues into blackberry jam, cherry, and loganberry flavors on the palate. The finish is smooth and silky. Learn More
  18. Pierre Rougon Beaumes De Venise

    Pierre Rougon Beaumes De Venise


    100% Muscat Suggestions for accompaniment: At the aperitif, served very fresh or on beautiful season tarts Product of France Prepared by Pierre Rougon F-84190 Beaumes de Venise Contains sulfites Learn More
  19. Groom Shiraz Barossa Valley 2015

    Groom Shiraz Barossa Valley 2015


    Deep dark and rich. An amazing nose but a little lacking on the pallet. Green pepper, leather, cracked pepper and cherries. Learn More
  20. Gouverneur Corne-Loup Lirac

    Gouverneur Corne-Loup Lirac


    This predominantly Grenache Lirac (50%, Mourvèdre and Syrah 20%) offers powerful scents of sun-ripened red fruits. The palate is full and structured, marked by soft tannins. Cut for a ten-year-old guard, it will accompany a wild boar stew or a soft cheese. Learn More
  21. Lenore Syrah

    Lenore Syrah


    A beautiful purple hue is aromatic with rich, sweet berry notes of blueberry, boysenberry, red currant and plum. The mouthwatering acidity is nicely balanced with firm tannins and layers of bright bramble fruit. As this wine coats the pallet, underlying hints of vanilla bean, peppercorn and sweet tobacco shine through and finish with a robust touch of chocolate and raspberry. Pair this crowd pleasing wine with barbecued babyback ribs, a hearty lamb stew or your favorite burger. Of course she’s a beauty on her own as well. Learn More
  22. Vina Polkura Syrah

    Vina Polkura Syrah


    Sven Bruchfeld and Gonzalo Munoz vowed to craft the finest, boldest Chilean Syrah possible, and we believe they have. They do so on a tiny scale, so it's still only known to insiders. That said, with 90 points from the likes of Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast & James Suckling, they won't be able to hide their Syrah under a bushel for long. Polkura is a little hill at the western end of Colchagua Valley. The name means "yellow stone" a reference to the yellow granite that mingles with the clay soils there and it's on these cooler, south facing slopes that their Syrah grows. Learn More
  23. Domaine Corne-Loup Lirac

    Domaine Corne-Loup Lirac


    Dark red ruby color. Aromas of red berries, truffles and spices. Complex and rich on the palate. It shows red and black fruits, with an herbal spice type of aromas coming from the surrounding vegetation. The average age of the vines is 40 years. Pairs well with lamb, duck, turkey, red meat, game and cheese. Learn More
  24. Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz

    Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz


    Fresh earth, toasted cumin and black tea flavors are dark and dense, with black licorice and thick tannins forming the backdrop to blackberry and plum compote notes. Persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2028. Smart Buys. Learn More
  25. 2010 Famille Perrin Vinsobres "Les Cornuds"

    2010 Famille Perrin Vinsobres "Les Cornuds"


    (a 50/50 blend of grenache and syrah): Glass-staining ruby. Aromas of dark berries, licorice and smoky spices, with a floral nuance gaining strength with air. Juicy, focused and nicely concentrated, offering hefty cassis and bitter cherry flavors brightened by a cracked pepper quality. A smoky note comes up on the long, spicedominated finish. This pungent wine is really showing its syrah right now. Tasting Colour: Dark with purple undertones Nose: Intense notes of violet, black fruit and spices, black pepper and liquorice Mouth: Round, full-bodied, huge finesse with elegant tannins, very fresh Learn More
  26. D'arenberg Shiraz The Foot Bolt 2013

    D'arenberg Shiraz The Foot Bolt 2013


    Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz in every sense. Laden with dark fruits, old spices and woody notes on the nose and backed up with thick licorice, blackberry, plum and graphite-like characters on the palate. Striking fruit concentration paired with a bold and chewy, yet integrated tannin structure. Brutish in many respects but somehow manages to remain incredibly balanced. A wine to please even the most cantankerous wine aficionado. Learn More
  27. Heartland Shiraz Australia

    Heartland Shiraz Australia


    The dark colour preempts a wine of dense, layered black fruit. The aromas of anise and cracked pepper are enveloped in classic blackberry. The glass coating texture gives way to freshness on the finish resulting in a fine balance. The structure imparted by oak and skin contact integrates well with the bright, but intense fruit. Learn More
  28. Amuka Shiraz

    Amuka Shiraz


    Amuka Marus 2013 is a dry red wine, made of 100% Shiraz. It has a deep, purple color, an aroma of very ripe, red fruit, with a hint of berries and toasted oak wood, a velvety taste with balanced sourness and a seasoned finish. A wine to accompany food, especially fish dishes. Learn More
  29. Carabiners Cote Du Rhone

    Carabiners Cote Du Rhone


    Product information : -Cotes du Rhone Villages -Vintage: 2016 -A soft and juicy red brimming with dark cherry, plum, black pepper and spice notes. -About this bottle: M&S winemaker Belinda Kleinig worked with Rhône winemaker Thomas Lancray blending the region’s classic Syrah and -Grenache grapes to create this well structured red wine with intense fruit flavours and sumptuous autumnal aromas. -Grape Variety: 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre Learn More
  30. Pasanau Priorat Ceps Nous

    Pasanau Priorat Ceps Nous


    70% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% Syrah, including fruit from Pasanau's youngest vines in La Morera. Aged in third- and fourth-year French and American oak from four to six months according to variety. Learn More
  31. 2010 Chateau Maris Les Planels

    2010 Chateau Maris Les Planels


    92 POINTS The largest scaled in the lineup, and also the most modern, with noticeable sweet oak, the 2009 Château Maris Syrah Les Planels is 100% Syrah, from the estate’s top plots, that was aged for 12 months in oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Formerly known as their Old Vine Syrah, it exhibits terrific aromatics of crème de cassis, raspberry liqueur, smoked beef, spice-cabinet and hints of bacon fat that carry into a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned and balanced Syrah. This too needs an hour of air to shine, has fantastic richness, and a juicy, lively finish and overall feel that keeps you coming back for more. It will drink well for upwards of 5-8 years, possibly even longer. (92 pts) index.png Learn More
  32. Mettler Petite Sirah 2013

    Mettler Petite Sirah 2013


    For a wine from a sometimes rough-edged variety, this is especially smooth, sculpted and drinkable. That's not to deny that it's intense in color, full bodied and firm textured. But the tannins feel polished so the texture is smooth, letting ripe blackberry and boysenberry flavors come out. Learn More
  33. Jamsheed Harem Syrah 2014

    Jamsheed Harem Syrah 2014


    A blend of Upper Goulburn (60%) and Yarra Valley (40%) Syrah, fermented incorporating 80% whole bunches and indigenous yeasts, aged in new and older 500L puncheons and bottled unfined and unfiltered 8 months after picking. When Dr Jamie Goode opines that "[Jamsheed's] less expensive Harem series deliver pure vinous pleasure", it's La Syrah's kind of charm to which he is referring. Learn More
  34. La Braccesca Achelo Syrah 2012

    La Braccesca Achelo Syrah 2012


    The 2012 Achelo reflects the extremely favorable conditions of the vintage for the Syrah grapes. It is a wine with an intense purple color whose nose shows the typical varietal notes of white fruit fused with pepper and tobacco. On the palate it is full and supple, and the flavors once again recall white peaches along with plums and blackberries; these, together with the balanced acidity, tobacco, and spices, accompany the entire flavor flow. Learn More
  35. Il Buciato Bolgheri 2014

    Il Buciato Bolgheri 2014


    James Suckling 88 points (Jul 2016) A pleasant red with some stewed berry and cherry character. Medium body. Fresh finish. Drink now. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Wine Advocate 88 points (Oct 2016) The 2014 Bolgheri Rosso Il Bruciato tastes like a wine from a much warmer vintage - not the soggy and difficult 2014 vintage that had winemakers so worried. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Syrah (aged in oak for seven months) shows dark fruit and spice with good intensity and integration. The mouthfeel might be a bit shorter and quick to fade, but this is a solid drinking wine that I happily recommend. Some 800,000 bottles are produced. Wine Spectator 89 points (Sep 30 2016) A bright, pure version, this red evokes cherry, currant and spice flavors, with well-integrated, if dusty, tannins lining the finish. Firm but has the requisite fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2017 through 2024. 15,000 cases imported. Learn More
  36. Nicolas Perrin Saint Joseph

    Nicolas Perrin Saint Joseph


    Deep ruby in colour. An intense bouquet, rich with notes of wild fruit. The palate is complex, with soft tannins. This powerful wine has a distinctive elegance to it. Learn More
  37. 2009 Regina di Renieri Toscana

    2009 Regina di Renieri Toscana


    Wine Spectator 94 points: A powerful, brooding red, with effusive blackberry, plum, leather, spice and saline flavors. A lush texture and ample fruit covers the structure, but there are abundant tannins lurking underneath. The finish picks up earth and mineral elements. Syrah. Best from 2015 through 2030. 1,000 cases made Learn More
  38. Boisreanard Chateauneauf Du Pape

    Boisreanard Chateauneauf Du Pape


    A classic blend of southern Rhone grapes including Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, this silver medal winning wine delivers on all fronts. Rich, ripe and velvet-smooth with powerful black fruit flavours, wrapped in spice and pepper. Absolutely demands food, preferably roast beef or lamb. Learn More
  39. 2012/13 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz

    2012/13 Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz


    Dark and rich, supple and silky, brimming with blackberry and black cherry flavors that show a hint of pomegranate as the finish wraps gently around the fruit. This has a wonderful open texture to let the flavors sing. Drink now through 2016. 6,350 cases made. – Learn More
  40. STEPHANE OGIER Cote-Rotie Village

    STEPHANE OGIER Cote-Rotie Village


    The Ogiers own 10 hectares of well appointed vines in Côte Rôtie, split into no fewer than 35 different parcels. These are picked, vinified and aged separately – before being blended 18 months after harvest. Tasting through the different barrels that make up this “Village” cuvée, we were wowed by the intense perfume of the 2015 wine: an abundance of cherry blossom, violets and dark berries. Full bodied on the palate, textures are seductively satin-like: this is at-once refreshing and mouth-filling. Flavours are concentrated and multifaceted, tannins sweet and fresh. There is an airy quality to this wine too – the finish being energetic and full of finesse (for drinking 2025-2035+). Learn More
  41. Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vielles Vignes 2011

    Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vielles Vignes 2011


    The Cornas "Les Vieilles Vignes" comes from syrah vineyards, more than 30 years old, on decomposed granite slopes, also called "gore". Learn More
  42. 2005 Domaine Duclaux- Cote Rotie

    2005 Domaine Duclaux- Cote Rotie


    Wine Spector: 92 points

    A gutsy style, with lots of braised fig, black trumpet mushroom, roasted chestnut, briar, maduro tobacco and dark olive notes all weaving together on the grippy, slightly roasted finish. Best from 2011 through 2016. 1,500 cases made

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  43. Mollydooker Carnival Love Shiraz

    Mollydooker Carnival Love Shiraz


    Dense, rich and distinctive, this is superplush and complex, yet also approachable, wrapping its black cherry, cassis, licorice and roasted meat flavors on a supple, velvety frame. Finishes long and creamy in texture. Drink now through 2020. 6,328 cases made Learn More
  44. Shafer Relentless 2013

    Shafer Relentless 2013


    Pull the cork on this vintage and you'll find an inky, liquid feast - aromas and flavors of meat and game, briar fruit, morels, boysenberry, grilled blueberries and cinnamon. The acidity gives this otherwise deep, dark wine a liveliness that offer engaging pleasure. The ripe, silky tannins offer tremendous promise for things to come after years in the cellar. Learn More
  45. 2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz

    2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz


    Rich, supple, complex and expressive, this is dense with smoky blackberry, wild blueberry, tomato leaf and exotic spice complexity, finishing seamlessly with refined tannins and just enough acidity to keep it all together. Shows tremendous presence. Best from 2015 through 2025. 925 cases made. Learn More

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