The Syrah grape (called Shiraz grape in Australia) is thought to have originated in the Middle East. Syrah is used to make some very high quality wines from the Rhone Valley in France including Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Cote-Rotie. In Australia, where Shiraz grapes are the most widely planted red wine grape, it also makes many high quality, long lived red wines in the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra regions. Syrah wine is also produced extensively in California but it has not gained a foothold in any other growing areas. When young these wines can be very spicy and tannic but as they age they can take on many dark fruit flavors. Some of the young wines from Australia can be very fruit forward from the time they are bottled. Wherever they are from you should buy Syrah and Shiraz wines at the Ultimate Wine Shop.
The 2010 Aloja Negre is a blend of 40% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah from 10- to 80-year-old vines in the Falset Valley, aged for three months in American and French oak. The nose is fresh and lifted... Read More
Brilliant ruby. Lively red berry and Asian spice aromas are deepened by notes of mocha and licorice. Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier in the middle, offering fresh raspberry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of succulent... Read More
The 2010 Zerran was aged 16 months in 2 and 3-year-old French oak barrels. It exhibits copious notes of black cherries, tobacco leaf, underbrush, forest floor, licorice and pepper. Terrific fruit on the attack follows through... Read More