Syrah or Shiraz is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines. Whether sold as Syrah or Shiraz, these wines enjoy great popularity.
Syrah is used as a varietal
and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah
was estimated in 2004 to be the world's 7th most grown grape at 142,600
hectares (352,000 acres).
Wines made from Syrah are often powerfully flavored and full-bodied.
The variety produces wines with a wide range of flavor notes, depending
on the climate and soils where it is grown, as well as other viticultural
practices chosen. Aroma characters can range from violets to berries
(usually dark as opposed to red), chocolate, espresso and black pepper.
No one aroma can be called "typical" though blackberry and pepper are
often noticed. With time in the bottle these "primary" notes are
moderated and then supplemented with earthy or savory "tertiary" notes
such as leather and truffle. "Secondary" flavor and aroma notes are
those associated with several things, generally winemakers' practices
(such as oak barrel