Syrah and Shiraz are two popular red grape varieties that are used to produce wines with distinct flavor profiles. Despite being genetically identical, the two varieties are known to produce wines that differ significantly in style and character.
Syrah is believed to have originated in the Rhône region of France and is widely planted in regions such as the Northern and Southern Rhône, Australia, and the United States.
The grape produces wines that are known for their full-bodied and complex flavour profile, with notes of dark fruit, pepper, and spice. Syrah wines typically have high tannins and acidity, making them a good match for rich and meaty dishes. They are also known for their aging potential, with some of the best Syrah wines being able to age for several decades.
On the other hand, Shiraz is the name used for the same grape variety in Australia and some other New World wine regions. The grape was first introduced to Australia in the 19th century and has since become the country's most widely planted grape variety. Shiraz wines are known for their bold and ripe fruit flavours, with notes of blackberry, plum, and chocolate. They tend to be full-bodied with soft tannins and a lower acidity, which makes them a good match for spicy and flavorful dishes.
There are several factors that contribute to the differences in style between Syrah and Shiraz wines. One of the most significant factors is the climate and growing conditions of the grapes. Syrah grapes grown in cooler climates tend to produce wines with higher acidity and more savoury flavors, while those grown in warmer climates produce wines that are riper and fruitier in style. Shiraz, on the other hand, is often grown in warmer regions and tends to produce wines that are more fruit-forward and approachable at a younger age.
Another factor that contributes to the differences between Syrah and Shiraz wines is winemaking techniques. For example, some winemakers may use different oak aging methods or blending techniques to create a specific style or flavour profile in their wines.
In conclusion, while Syrah and Shiraz are genetically identical grape varieties, they produce wines that differ significantly in style and character. Syrah wines tend to be full-bodied with high tannins and acidity, while Shiraz wines are typically fruitier and softer in style.
The differences in climate and winemaking techniques contribute to the distinct flavor profiles of each variety, making them both popular choices among wine enthusiasts.
Interested in finding out more, check out our Syrah from the Pyrenees. Grapes sourced from a cool climate region with beautiful notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate and spice.
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