Best Syrah Wine

Syrah

Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape grown throughout the world, used primarily in the production of red wine. Syrah is one of the most noble and most fashionable red wine grapes in the world. In 2004. Syrah was the 7th most planted varietal in the world. Today it is estimated that Syrah is now 5th most planted wine grape in the world.

Syrah has a long history in the Southern Rhone region of France of producing fine wines since Roman times. In 1998, DNA testing at UC Davis in California and Montpellier concluded that Syrah is the off-spring of two vines from southeast France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Both of these vines are relatively obscure today.

Syrah or Shiraz? In its country of origin, France, it is known as Syrah. It is also labeled Syrah in the rest of Europe, United States, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand. In Australia, it is called Shiraz.

My reviews of these Syrah red wines are updated weekly. These Syrah red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Syrah wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Syrah in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Château De Jau Syrah Mourvèdre 2006
A.C., Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, France
Vintages Wine Panel: If you’re looking for an elegant and affordable wine full of French character, allow us to introduce you to this stunner from Côtes du Roussillon-Villages. This balanced, bright and fruity blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre would be a great choice for a ‘French Bistro’ night. My note: A juicy, berry-ripe red with full-bodied layers of red fruit and a whiff of smoke. Good grip on the palate. Decant for 1-2 hours. Perfect for potlucks and casual get-togethers. Syrah Mourvèdre food pairings: French breads, cheeses, sausages. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $14.95 Score: 88/100

This Syrah Mourvèdre was reviewed July 4, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Château De Fontarèche Vieilles Vignes Selection Carignan Syrah Mourvèdre Grenache 2007
A.C., Corbières, Midi, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Winner of a Silver Medal at the Concours Interprofessionnel des Grands Vins de Corbières 2008. This blend of Carignan, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache from vines (average age) 35 years old, features a highly expressive nose of raspberry, strawberry, mineral and garrigue. Dry, full flavoured and crisp with supple tannins. The fruits and minerality replay nicely on the palate. My note: A simple, rustic rough-and-ready red that’s very tasty! Robust aromas and flavours of blackberry, black raspberry and cassis. Some cedary notes lie underneath. Yum squared. Carignan Syrah Mourvèdre Grenache food pairings: roast leg of lamb with garlic, roast rock Cornish hen in a reduction sauce with cardamom and spices. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $12.95 Score: 87/100

This Carignan Syrah Mourvèdre Grenache was reviewed February 6, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Liberty School Syrah 2008
California, United States
Juicy and succulent with aromas and flavours of fleshy dark plums. Loaded with mulberry and blackberry notes that glide and slide along polished tannins with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Lovely! Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $18.95 Score: 90/100

This Syrah was reviewed May 26, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Château Trillol Famille Sichel Grenache Syrah 2008
Corbières, Midi, France
Loaded with black pepper and dark spices on the nose. This is a terrific, full-bodied red wine for the money. Great palate whacker. The blend is 60% grenache grapes and 40% syrah. This is an AC wine. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2014‐2018  Best Beef Wine  Price: $17.95 Score: 88/100

This Grenache Syrah was reviewed January 18, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 354126  165 in stock
 

Réserve Des Armoiries Terres D'avignon, Vign. Syrah Blend 2007
A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Silver Medal winner at the 2008 Mâcon Wine Challenge. This is an exceptional value for a wine of this quality, showing how handsomely the 2007 vintage rewarded the Côtes du Rhône wines. Filled with black fruit, plum, spice and cranberry aromas. Dry, nicely concentrated with an impeccable balance between the fruit, acids, and tannins. Drink it now with steaks or roast beef, or hold it for two years or more. My note: Juicy, simple, tasty and medium- to full-bodied. Black cherry and smoke notes. Ultimate party wine that won’t break the bank. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2013  Price: $12.95 Score: 85/100

This Syrah Blend was reviewed September 4, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

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Syrah

Australian Shiraz is hugely popular worldwide with its full-body, deep colour, high alcohol, low tannin, fruit forward style wines. Until the late 1980s, Australia commonly used the term Hermitage but dropped this label since Hermitage is a protected French origin of designation. The Shiraz label is also commonly used in South Africa and Canada.

Syrah owes most of its claim to fame to Hermitage, the famous northern Rhone appellation in France. Extremely limited quantities from small parcels of land produced long-lived red wines that fetched high prices. Australia is the world's second largest grower of Syrah (Shiraz) and it is the number one varietal in Australia. 

The 1980s and 1990s success of such names as Lindemans, Rosemount, Jacob's Creek, Yellowtail and Wolf Blass attributed to this ranking. Shiraz is also the S in Australia's GSM blended wines, Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre, a Chateauneuf-du-Pape like blend.

Syrah has many attractive characteristics that make it such a huge success around the world. Syrah is generally disease resistant and easy growing with dark ruby colour, highly tannic, great ability to age, high acidity, attractive blackberry and dark chocolate notes. Cool- and medium-climate Syrah also produce notes of mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat and black pepper. 

Warm climate Syrah produces less tannic, higher alcohol, more pepper, less smoke , licorice, fruit forward wines. Think Aussie Shiraz from Barossa Valley. Aging brings forward leather, earthiness and wet leaf aromas.

In the southern Rhone Valley, Syrah is typically blended with Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan and/or Cinsault. It is one of the 13 permitted grapes in prestigious Chateauneuf-du-Pape. 

In Provence, Syrah is usually blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. In the northern Rhone, Syrah is rarely blended. A general rule of thumb: Syrah labeled wines take on a more elegant, smoky, tannic French style. Shiraz labeled wines a more fruit forward, sweeter, less tannic New World style.

Syrah food pairings include grilled and charred red meats, game, BBQ sauced spareribs, hamburgers and steak.