The grape responsible for the great red wines of the northern Rhône — Hermitage, Côte Rôtie, etc. — and a major part of the blend in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, syrah has also done very well in California (bottled as a single varietal or as a part of Rhône-style blends) and Washington State's Columbia Valley, and, under the name shiraz, in Australia. It is particularly associated with Australia's Barossa Valley, though excellent shiraz is also made in the country's Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale, and Margaret River regions. South Africa also produces good shiraz, and some California producers have taken to using the term to market syrah made in a simpler full-bodied style. Small quantities of syrah are now being produced, as well, in Italy, Spain, and Argentina. Syrah-based wines are typically full-bodied, earthy, and aromatic.

Serve With

Steaks and chops, barbecued meats, meat stews, hooved game (venison, wild boar), strong cheeses.