The origin of this variety is uncertain, with some hypotheses suggesting it may come from the town of Shiraz, in southwestern Iran. Other theories place its origin in the Rhône valley.
Until recently, Syrah grapes were the exclusive property of French and Australians. However, in the 1980s, this red grape took off in a great way and has spread to countries all over the world. Today we can find the Syrah variety in Europe, Australia, Chile, South Africa and California.
It is currently one of the most fashionable varieties in the wine world, with very good adaptation to Mediterranean climates. It is, you could say, the Mediterranean grape.
Characteristics of the grape
The Syrah or Shiraz variety is known for its medium-sized bunches, which are cylindrical and compact, formed by small grapes, ovoids of bluish color and thick skin.
The leaves are medium-size with a pentagon shape, very pronounced lateral breasts, dark green beam and cottony back. Sometimes they have seven lobes.
Syrah is well-set in granitic, clayey and even clayey-calcareous soils.
Characteristics of the wines
The Syrah variety produce red wines of an intense color and good alcohol content, which allows us to obtain optimal ageing of high quality in oak barrels. These are very aromatic, vigorous, elegant and complex wines, with high acidity, a lot of tannins and coloring matters. They are very aromatic, with aromas between floral and fruity, reminiscent of violets and cassis, leather, tobacco and liquorice, fine and complex and light smoky touches.
You can drink young Syrah wines, but its best examples (Hermitage and the best Australian reds) age with great dignity.
Syrah wine is the ideal wine to accompany hunting, such as deer, wild boar, etc. and countless varieties of cheese, especially goat cheese.