Syrah is one of the darkest and most versatile red wines you’ll encounter. It’s full-bodied and has no shortage of character, typically featuring flavors like berries, tobacco, licorice, pepper, and even smoked meat. It can range from floral in its youth to peppery with herbaceous notes as it ages. With its high tannins, Syrah is one of the most antioxidant-rich of any wine. It’s wonderful on its own or paired with a meal.
All of these reasons make Syrah a wine that deserves your attention in 2020.
Syrah, also called Shiraz in Australia, is the fourth-most planted red grape in the world. It has a thick skin, which accounts for its dark color and opacity. If you hold up a glass of Syrah in the light, you’ll have trouble seeing through it.
While its aromas and flavor profile will vary depending on the age of the wine, the region, and several other factors, Syrah is typically known as a full-bodied wine with dark fruit flavors.
It usually ages well and works wonderfully in blends.
Syrah originated in France, and France is still its highest producer, with 158,000 acres in regions that include the northern Rhône Valley, Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and the Languedoc. Australia is Syrah’s second-highest producer with 99,000 acres. Australia is where winemakers started calling the grape Shiraz (Shi-RAZ) back in the 1980s. Spain is the third-highest producer of Syrah worldwide, with 50,000 acres.
Syrah from Northern Rhône and cooler climates like Sonoma, Chile, and Washington State is usually lighter-bodied with savory flavors like:
- Bacon fat
- Smoky tobacco
Full-bodied Syrah from warmer climates in Australia, Napa, Paso Robles, and Spain will typically have flavors of:
- Black pepper
- Sweet tobacco
With this range of aromas and flavors, you can find a Syrah that pleases most any palate.
The Best Syrah Pairings
Syrah’s flavor profile will vary depending on the age of the wine and the region where the grapes were grown, but here is a list of foods that typically pair well with this versatile wine:
- Aged, hard cheeses
- Grilled meat
- Grilled vegetables
Look Forward to the First Syrah from Theorem Vineyards
There’s one last reason to make room in your cellar for Syrah in 2020: Theorem Vineyards will be releasing our very first Syrah this year! Our team is thrilled to be joining a rich tradition of Syrah producers with an excellent vintage of our own. This wine is not to be missed. If you want to guarantee that you’ll have a chance to enjoy the Theorem Vineyards Syrah, sign up for our mailing list today!Our mailing list ensures you’ll be the first to hear about our Syrah release, as well as the other exciting releases we have in store for the future. Visit here to sign up!