Syrah, also known as Shiraz in Australia, is a popular varietal among wine drinkers and can be found throughout most wine making regions around the world. While this varietal is now more commonly seen in bottle as a single variety, historically it was often used in blends. Its origins reside in the Rhône region of France and may have been grown there since Roman times. One of Syrah's most valued assets is its ability to produce wines capable of aging and improving over many decades. Shiraz is the backbone to the famous Penfold’s Grange, one of Australians most collected wines. Some producers also co-ferment their Syrah with a small portion of Viognier to add a perfumed character as well as to lighten the blend. While there is only a small amount of Syrah planted in Ontario, this variety is on the rise as more and more producers are gaining recognition for the quality wines being produced.
While more classically known for its trademark peppery profile, Syrah produces deep opulent red wine with dark fruit flavours such as blueberry, blackberry and plum. Syrah wines produced in cooler climates such as Ontario can be medium to full bodied in structure with medium acidity and medium tannins. Often on the palate one can find distinguished secondary notes of tobacco, savory meats, olives, and herbs. Our Syrah wines are drinking well now but can also be a great addition to your wine cellar.
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