Syrah / Shiraz / Shiraz blends

Syrah/Shiraz (non-French), a red varietal dry still wine made from the Syrah grape.

This topic is for ratings and reviews of Syrah/Shiraz and Shiraz blend wines (in which Shiraz is the predominant varietal in the blend) produced anywhere except France. Blends often include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and/or Grenache. [Syrah/Shiraz should not be confused with Petite Sirah, which is a different type of grape; see the topic Petite Sirah.] In the United States this wine is called either Syrah or Shiraz. It is known as Shiraz in Australia, South Africa, and Canada. In France, it is referred to as Syrah, and is produced in the Rhone region; usually, but not always, it is named after that region, or appellation; see the topic Rhone (Red). Winemakers sometimes choose one name over the other to signify a stylistic difference in the wine. Wines labeled "Syrah" are sometimes thought to be more "Old World" style, presumably more elegant or restrained, such as Northern Rhône reds. Wines labeled "Shiraz" are sometimes thought to be "New World" style, presumably riper and fruitier. The Shiraz style in Australia is very forward and jammy with lush fruit. See Wikipedia, Shiraz (grape).

Wines are categorized as still wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines, and fortified wines. Sparkling wines, such as Champagne, contain carbonation and thus are "sparkly" or bubbly. Still wines ("still" since they aren't bubbly from carbonation), are either varietals or blended wines. A varietal wine is any wine that takes its name from its predominant grape variety, as opposed to a blended wine, which is a blend of different grape varieties. Dessert wines are sweet, as are fortified wines, such as port and sherry, which have other liquors such as brandy added to them. Aromatic wines, such as vermouth, have been flavored with herbs. A vintage wine date denoted on the label of the wine indicates the year in which 95 percent of the grapes used to make the wine were harvested. Non-vintage (NV) wines are blends of grapes harvested in different years, denoted by the absence of a year on the label.

The names of wines reflect a dichotomy between "Old World" and "New World" that exists in the world of wine. "Old World" refers to traditional wine-producing nations of Europe and the Mediterranean, such as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany. "New World" refers to those countries where the wine-growing industry has been established since the arrival of European influences, such as USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. The names of wine everywhere start with the name of the winemaker (or negociant who "assembled" the wine). What comes next in the name is where the dichotomy begins. Varietal "New World" wines are named for the most prominent grape variety used to produce the wine, such as "Cabernet Sauvignon," but "Old World" varietal and blended wines are named after their area of origin, or appellation. Appellation refers to the country, state, county, or viticultural area in which the grapes were grown, such as "Bordeaux" or "Napa Valley." "Old World" wine labels always include the appellation and sometimes include the variety of grape. "New World" wine labels always include the variety of grape and frequently include the appellation.

Rate and review the Syrah/Shiraz wines listed below, or go to the Action section to ask that another Syrah/Shiraz wine be added to the list. Make sure to include the year of production (or if no year appears on the label, insert NV for non-vintage), the appellation or viticultural area, and the price or price range, rounded off. Examples: Ojai 2002 Bien Nacido, Central Coast (CA, USA) Syrah ($32) or ($30-35); Jacob's Creek 2004 Reserve, South Australia Shiraz ($10).

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