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The Syrah grape, also known as Shiraz in some regions, is one of the most outstanding and versatile grape varieties in the wine world. Here we present some of its most important characteristics:


Physical Characteristics

  • Grape Colour:

Syrah is a dark-skinned, almost black grape with juicy, deep red flesh.


  • Size and Shape:

Syrah berries tend to be small and spherical, grouped in compact clusters.


Growing Characteristics

  • Climate:

Syrah thrives in warm, sunny climates. However, it also adapts well to cooler climates, where it produces wines with different characteristics.


  • Soil:

It prefers well-drained soils and is especially suited to poor, stony soils, such as those found on the slopes of the Rhone Valley in France.


  • Ripening:

It is an early to medium ripening grape, which makes it less susceptible to rot than other later ripening varieties.

Wine Characteristics

  • Wine Colour:

Wines made from Syrah are usually dark red in colour, almost opaque, with intense purple tones.


  • Aromas and Flavours:

Notes of dark fruits such as blackberries, plums and blueberries.

Spices such as black pepper and cloves.

Floral notes such as violet.

Developed during ageing, may include leather, tobacco, chocolate and smoky or earthy hints.


  • Palate:

Syrah wines are known for their medium to full body, with a smooth, velvety texture.

High in tannins, which contributes to its structure and ageing potential.

Good acidity, which balances its richness and power.


  • Alcohol:

Syrah wines tend to have a relatively high alcohol content, often exceeding 13.5%.


Types of Syrah according to Region


  • France (Rhône Valley):

Syrahs from the Northern Rhône (such as Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage) tend to be more elegant and complex, with higher acidity and notes of black fruits, pepper and olives.


In the southern Rhône, Syrah is often blended with other varieties, such as Grenache and Mourvèdre.

  • Australia:

Known as Shiraz, it produces more robust and fruity wines, with intense flavours of ripe fruit, chocolate and spice. Regions such as Barossa Valley are emblematic for this style.

  • United States:

In California and Washington State, Syrah can range from fruitier, more approachable styles to structured, complex wines.

  • Chile and Argentina:

These countries produce Syrah with a combination of ripe fruit and refreshing acidity, offering a balanced profile.


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