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Varietal Spotlight: Syrah

Varietal Spotlight: Syrah

If Syrah was a person, they would be your first choice to bring to a party where you don’t know that many people. Syrah is adaptable to the situation, bold and confident, well-rounded, global minded and well-liked by many. So in other words, always a hit.

The variety can be traced back to the child of Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche varieties in the Rhône region of France. In more recent times, the variety has been gaining popularity all over the world in areas like Southern Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Israel and California. The grape can thrive in cool climates with a black pepper characteristic, to extremely warm climates with flavors of dark chocolate. It is a dark and powerful wine, making it a great choice to blend with other varietals, like Cabernet Sauvignon, or even more commonly with Grenache and Mourvedre. The Australians call this varietal Shiraz and it can under the label Hermitage in France. Below you will see many different expressions of this versatile grape and great companions to your next party.


Yaffo Winery – Hommage 2013
Israel – Ellah Valley – Kosher – Merlot – Syrah – Red

89 Points
The length is rather convincing, it keeps lingering. On the finish I get a lot of that finely ground pepper, a lot of spiciness. I like this one, I think that it is an attractive wine that will continue to develop for the better.”



Clos De La George – Syrah 2012
Switzerland – Yvorne – Grand Cru – Red
91 Points
“Very juicy, still appearing rather youthful; texture is rounded, so the fruit really emerges on the palate with those lovely crushed berries. Pretty discreet oak, and a very good length.”



Domaines Paul Mas – Vignes De Nicole 2014
France – Languedoc/Roussillon – Pays d’Oc – Grenache – Mourvèdre – Syrah – Rosé
85 Points
I get some plum, red berries, citrus, but a clear notion of rather red fruit, red wine let’s say. Bone-dry on the palate with a good freshness here. Slight presence of tannin. I think it has medium weight, but there’s a good flavour intensity here.”


Clos De Los Siete 2012
Argentina – Mendoza – Red
89 Points
Pleasurable and generous, with spicy, dark fruit, discreet oak and a good level of drinkability today. So a pleasurable wine.”



Galil Mountain Winery – Meron 2011
Israel – Galilee – Kosher – Cabernet Sauvignon – Petit Verdot – Syrah – Red
88 Points
Layers of those dark cherry, cassis, plum flavours. Ample fruit, quite structured, however, I would say the tannins are already quite well settled, not obtrusive in any way.”



Dúzsi Tamás Winery – Shiraz Válogatás 2012
Hungary – Szekszard – Syrah – Red
90 Points
“I really like this one; it’s very much what I call Syrah-like, with some gingerbread, pepper, sweet opulent fruit; rounded texture, we have a good density of fruit here. The tannins are all settled.”



Abremundos – Octava Superior 2011
Argentina – Mendoza – Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Syrah – Red
92 Points
Tannins here are finely grained. I think it is quite multi-layered. Beyond that very nice, dark fruit there is fine notes of ground pepper, plum. Keeps lingering on the finish.”