International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Glass-staining ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cassis, violet and smoky minerals show distinct superripeness and power. Spicy, deep dark berry compote and floral pastille flavors offer excellent focus and vivacity for their richness, with a peppery flourish adding energy. The impressively long floral, smoky finish features building tannins and a strong licorice nuance.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: July/August 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Smooth and distinctive for its black olive, licorice and balsamic overtones around a core of dark, brooding blackberry and currant fruit. Lingers intensely.Drink Dates: 2009-2017Author: Harvey Steiman
Self | Rating: 96Drink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Ronn L
Self | Rating: 96The most open of the wines in the vertical. It opens with the nose soaring from the glass -- ripe blackberries, blueberries, and toasty oak. The body was recently balanced -- more deeply ripe blackberries, sweet plum, raspberry, and a hint of sweet fig. The finish was perfectly balanced with sweet tannins and a hint of acidity complementing each other. The final taste went on for over 45+ seconds. My WOTN but number 3 WOTN for the group.Author: TMac
Anonymous | Rating: 95Very dark, inky purple. Almost black. Full bodied. Terrific Shiraz. Aromas and flavors of currant, earth and spices. You can chew onthis wine as it is very thick. Surprisingly not as tannic as expected. Uber-concentrated. Felt like we rushed it a bit. Heady. High alcohol. YummyDrink Dates: 2010-2025Author: Khaled H
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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
- 584 bottles owned
- 98 collectors
- Average collector rating: 96
(Out of 98 collectors)