The Syrah is a red wine grape with debated origins, but its renaissance and modern home is in France, precisely in the Rhone Valley. In Australia, Syrah has developed such a distint personality that it is essentially regarded as a distinct grape variety known as Shiraz.
The Syrah name seems to come from the city of Shiraz, in Persia, but DNA analysis also indicated affinity with the Teroldego and Lagrein grapes from Trentino Alto Adige. In Italy the Syrah is grown everywhere, from Aosta Valley to Sicily, but is more often cultivated in the central and southern Italy, it produces better results in warmer regions. Syrah is now widely found in Tuscany where it is used in Supertuscany blends or bottled on its own. The Cortona area, south of Tuscany, has proved to produce outstanding and age worth Syrah wines.
Syrah has proved successful around the world, wines are produced in many styles and the grape is also often blended due to its deep color and high tannins. The Syrah can produce very complex wines capable of aging and improving over many decades.
Syrah can be quite floral when young, becoming spiced as it ages.
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