Wine Advocate | Rating: 100Always one of the most unique in the lineup, the 2014 Syrah Bionic Frog is phenomenal stuff any way you look at it. Cold fireplace, charred meat, tapenade, shiitake and loads of dark, earthy fruit all emerge from this full-bodied, tight, backward and beautifully concentrated Syrah that readers just need to taste. Incredibly long, elegant, building and heavenly juicy, don't miss a chance to get some of this! It needs 3-5 years of cellaring and is going to blow you away over the following two decades.Drink Dates: 2020 - 2040Author: Jeb DunnuckIssue: 231
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Plush and expressive, with a core of great structure, offering blackberry, licorice and smoky meat notes that glide through a rich, layered finish.Drink Dates: 2017-2024Author: Tim FishIssue: Jul 31, 2017
Vinous | Rating: 95(13.5% alcohol; aged in a new 1,200-liter Burgundy foudre and the rest neutral oak): Dark red-ruby. Wonderfully aromatic nose offers scents of raspberry, licorice, brown spices, mustard seed and green pepper. Flavors of cherry and raspberry liqueur are complicated by suggestions of sage, spices and exotic fruits. Very rich wine, but shows a bit more greenness than the 2013 edition, an element that infuses the mid-palate with energy. Finishes with very ripe, spicy tannins and outstanding persistence. The vines were harvested on September 18 and 22.Drink Dates: 2019 - 2028Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: Oct 2017
James Suckling | Rating: 99Deep fruit presence from the outset. Dark plums and purple cherries with abundant slate and graphite, dark chocolate and orange zest. The palate has impressive power and detail, superb purity and clarity. The palate glides effortlessly. A sexy finish. Drink or hold.Author: James SucklingIssue: Thursday, August 22, 2019
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.
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