Also known as Shiraz in the New Worldits origin is much speculated:the first Syrah vines may have beenplanted in the NorthernRhône by Saint Patrick in the fifth century on his way toto the Cistercian Lérins Abbey or the Syrah vine may have originated in Persia and taken its name from the city of Shiraz. Either way its home has been in the Rhône for centuries, it also made its way to Australia in 1832 when Scottish born James Busby introduced it to New South Wales and Syrah/Shirazis now widely planted in the US, Argentia, Chile and new Zealand.
In terms of style, cooler climate wines tend to be red berry laden affairs with olives smokeand herbs as undertones, warmer climates produce wines with spice, supple tannins, smokey bacon andchocolate flavours.
Food matching is straightforward as Syrah is great with BBQ meats,Saint-Marcellin cheese from the Rhône Valley in France which is avaiable in Ireland or will also work with a rich vegetabletagine.
Start your tasting journey with our upfront Aussie Shiraz from the Saturno brothers Adelaide Hills Longview Vineyards, Longview Yakka Shiraz
This Saint Joseph from seminal Cornas grape growner and winemakers Jean-Luc Colombois an entry straight into classic NorthernRhône
or for great value from South Africa, Bellow's Rock Shiraz, proves that this most interesting and stylish of grapes does not need to cost the earth.