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Syrah's favourite terroir is the north of the Rhône valley, where it is the unique grape variety for the Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Côte-Rôtie appellations. The name shiraz has spread in Anglo-Saxon countries. Although Australian or South African Shiraz may look very different from French Syrahs, they are indeed the same grape.
Syrah in all its forms
Undoubtedly produces wines with an ink-reddish purple colour in youth, wines which will attain a garnet hue with age while retaining an impressive colour intensity.
Strong aromatic potential characterized by animal notes (leather, venison), cocoa, cinnamon, blackcurrant, cherry, bitter chocolate, spices (peppery notes), raspberry, smoke, tar, cooked fruit (prune), blackberry, licorice, undergrowth and violet.
Rich in tannins and relatively low in acidity, the wines produced are generally powerful, generous and structured, with a spicy finish.
With a wide variety of red meats and game accompanied by black olives, pepper, mustard, candied or sundried tomatoes or aromatic herbs. Wines from warmer terroirs, such as those from Australia for example, can be served with meats accompanied by red wine, dark chocolate, fruit (prunes, blackberries, blackcurrants) or port sauce.