Rating: 90($40) Deep, dark red with a ruby edge. Heady, brambly aromas of concentrated dark cherry, cassis, black plum, chocolate, leather and asphalt, all brightened and lifted by a scent of fresh violet. Fleshy and sumptuous, with lively, very intense flavors of spicy, sour-edged dark berry and plum fruit. Savory, almost salty finish features firm, powdery tannins. For the long term.Author: Jeremy OliverIssue: July/August 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90A serious red, crisp in texture, brightly ripe in flavor, tightly packed with blackberry, plum and a spicy mineral note that weaves through the firm finish. This has plenty of depth. Tightly wound, it needs cellaring to flesh out. 20,000 cases made.Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88The 1998 Shiraz St. Henri is a delicious dark ruby-colored effort with a sweet nose of jammy black fruits intermixed with herbs, earth, and pepper. Perfumed, medium-bodied, and succulent, it will drink well for 3-4 years.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16This bottle was already fully evolved and possibly even losing fruit.Author: Jancis Robinson
Self | Rating: 92Still vibrant, beautifully made wine. Lovely nose, ripe fruit, integrated tannins, smooth, long finish. Not over extracted, plum, licorice, pepper, tar.Author: vince389
Self | Rating: 93This is a wonderful bottle. Good vibrant fruit, good structureDrink Dates: 2009Author: ilium55
Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in ) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.
The best Old-World Syrah comes from the , where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. and are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as , , and make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.
In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of and produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from . Australian producers such as , , and have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.
One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of producers, most notably , , and , who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.
The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 200 bottles owned
- 56 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 56 collectors)