Syrah [sih-rah]

Definition: A red grape grown in the Rhone region of France used in making Hermitage, Cote-Rotie and Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine. Also known as shiraz in Australia and Hermitage in South Africa. Is not the same grape as petite sirah, although both wines are similar in flavor and texture.

Grown primarily in: Australia, France, South Africa and United States

Best Climate: Warm to Hot

Winemaking: Generally produces a hearty wine that's capable of aging a while in oak. In the United States, it's sometimes blended with small amounts of zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon.

Nose: Blackberry, currants, spice, herbs.

Mouth: Full body, good tannins, low acids, big red wine with a lingering finish.

Note: This is the grape used for making Penfolds' famous Grange Hermitage wine. It is often confused with petite sirah.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

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Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel