Syrah / Shiraz
Its the bomb!
The Vital Stats
Body: Full! Very full
Fruit: Very forward
Tannins: Very tannic, are you starting to catch on here?
Acidity: OK, not very acidic. But delicious
Whats that I taste: Ham? Bacon? Lots of dark fruits for sure.
What you need to know!
Syrah is one of the most common wines you can find on your liquor store shelf, and in a hell of a lot of blends too. It is a great wine that is incredibly versatile with winemakers always finding new things to do with it.
Most Syrah comes from two places, France and Australia (where they call it Shiraz) and there are some very distinct differences. French Syrah is most commonly found in Grenache Syrah Mourvedre blends from Rhone, but even the single varietal stuff can make for some heavy bodied, smoky, leathery, peppery tasting wine. Australian Shiraz comes across full bodied, but sometimes a little lighter than the French counterparts, but a lot more fruity and sometimes even a bit of a chocolate flavor. Oh, we have also had some Syrah wines that have definitely tasted a bit like bacon grease, so if you are a bacon love this wine is for you!
Grills and meat pies? Syrah is definitely something that should be served alongside red meat, particularly meats with strong flavors like lamb, venison, and strong cuts of beef like hangar steaks. Syrah would also be perfect with a blue cheese burger, medium rare.
Incase we did not make it clear enough, Syrah and Shiraz are the same thing. France is really into their Syrah, but Australia makes the most single varietal stuff and even blends Shiraz with Viognier to create something really unique. South Africa seems to be confused as to what to call it, but they also make some awesome wines from the grape.
Your friends are going to love you for sharing this wine with them. It goes great with dinner, but is also a great wine to sit down and drink at the end of a tough day. If your friends say they like big, heavy, full bodied wines, then take a bottle every time you hang.
Syrah is one of those wines you should always have around, find your go to, and make sure you have some ready to go for whenever the mood strikes.