Wine Advocate | Rating: 95Another beautiful wine in the vintage is the 2013 Syrah Sur Echalas Vineyard. Lighter in color than the 2014, it gives up distinctly northern Rhone-like aromas and flavors of salted bacon, fireplace soot, black olive and beef blood. Very savory, with medium to full-bodied richness, integrated acidity and a great finish, it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, at which point it will keep for two decades.Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Rating: 92Broad and expressive, floating like a big balloon over lightly grippy tannins, with earthy plum and spice flavors at the core. Finishes with a strong meaty note. Drink now through 2023. 267 cases made.Author: Harvey Steiman
Rating: 94Aromas of raspberry, brown spices, flint, cocoa powder and chocolate pudding are lifted by a high note of white pepper; this is just 13% alcohol. Wonderfully fine-grained and light on its feet, with Cote-Blonde-like peppery lift to its flavors of redcurrant, herbs and spices. Great subtle sweetness and inner-mouth perfume here, and there's more than enough red fruit to support the wine's 80% whole-cluster component. Finishes saline and fairly tannic, in need of patience. A beauty in the making. - Stephen Tanzer
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
- 55 bottles owned
- 20 collectors