Bunches are medium-sized and compact. The berries are small, oval-shaped and bluish, with an intense blackberry flavour. The wines are tasty and pleasant to drink, with a deep colour, notable acidity and aromas of violets and ripe black fruit. In cool climates its acidity and tannins are more marked (France) than in warmer climates and it develops aromas of blackberries, pepper and laurel. In warmer climates (Australia), it is fuller bodied with softer tannins and aromas of the terroir, leather and spices (liquorice, raisins, aniseed). The wines made from this variety age very well. It is used to made single-varietal wines or blended with other varieties like Garnacha, Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Interesting Information

Origen: Held to be one of the oldest grape varieties. It is the grape of the Rhône area (France) and Australia par excellence. Owing to its good adaptation to warm climates, it is catching on Spain in Extremadura, Castile-La Mancha an Alicante, but also in Aragon, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Tarragona, Penedès and Priorato. The first to make wines from Syrah in Spain were Enrique Mendoza in Alicante and Carlos Falcó in Malpica de Tajo (Toledo). It is achieving splendid results in Jumilla (combined with Monastrell).

Sinónimos: Shiraz

Resistance to pests and diseases: Resistant to disease, although it is difficult to make quality wines from it owing to its low yield.

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