The Best Syrah Wines
Syrah also known Shiraz is most famous in making powerful red wines. It is a dark-skinned grape of southern French origin. It is called Syrah in the US, France and other countries, and Shiraz in Australia, where it is mostly grown and is considered to be where the finest and best Syrah Wines are produced. Although a native of Rhone Valley France, Australia has made a significant contribution in bringing this full-bodied dark wine into the tables of many wine enthusiasts. Shiraz, as it is also fondly called in South Africa and Canada.
It is not actually known whether Syrah had originated in the region of Southeastern France. However, an extensive study that was conducted in 1998, utilizing DNA typing, concluded that Syrah was the offspring of two grape varieties, Dureza (dark skinned grape variety) and Mondeuse Blanche (white skinned grape variety). Both parents have been found to be cultivated from a limited area in Southeastern France which is close to Rhone Valley. These findings led to the conclusion that Syrah had originated in northern Rhone. To date, Rhone France holds the largest Syrah vineyard with up to 125,000 acres of land.
Regionalized Syrah Wines
In its homeland Rhone Valley, Syrah wines popularity came about with its use in Hermitage Wines in the 18th century and early 19th century. It attracted foreign wine aficionados with its blending component of the French Bordeaux wine. At present, Syrah Wines produce a wide array of variations, from mineral to tannic to fruity and perfumed. Soil changes and slope of terrain tend to produce different types of Syrah Wines.
While Southeastern France has been reaping the soil with its great wonder that is Syrah for two centuries, the rest of the world not befall into the trance of this great dark drink until the 20th century. The soil of Australia later spread the great news like wildfire. Wine writers of the world swarmed to the place of origin of this famous drink and earned great ratings as one of the places that produce best Syrah wines.
Syrah or Shiraz was first introduced in Australia in the 1832 by an immigrant from Europe named James Busby. Shiraz’s rise to fame became a struggle with white wine leading the stream in the wine industry. Nowadays, Australia is the leading importer of Shiraz Wines and ranks second to Rhone Valley, France with the most number of Shiraz vineyards.
Regions to note also are California and South Africa, and Canada where best Syrah wines are also produced.
Typical Taste and Food Combination
Syrah or Shiraz wines carry a taste of blackberry with overtones of black pepper and aromas of sage, mocca, vanilla thyme and rosemary. Syrah or Shiraz wines are best paired with red meat, spicy foods, barbeque dishes, steaks, and heavy vegetarian dishes. Order Now