A busy interchange with lots of flavours colliding
Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape, Syrah being the French name and Shiraz the New World. The names are now used almost interchangeably, although there is often a nod to the heritage. If you buy Syrah, you’re more likely to get a more restrained, savoury wine, and Shiraz, a more punchy, spicy version. That said, whichever name, the wines tend to be vibrant, blackberry, juicy wine with at least a hint of black pepper and spice. It is grown worldwide and is often turned into very average sweet, fruit bombs, but it doesn’t take much to switch into a wine with more substance, perfect for warming your cockles and washing down a whole host of meals. Great places to look for classy Syrah/Shiraz are Barossa, New Zealand (yes really), Northern Rhône (Côte Rôtie, Crozes Hermitage are Syrah based) to name a couple.