Syrah in France or Shiraz elsewhere is a bold and full bodied wine known for its predominant black pepper aromas along side the black fruit notes whilst hotter climate Shiraz also exudes chocolate notes and has lush fruit. It can take oak well and can make wines which can age. India produces commendable shiraz wines too.
Key wine regions for Shiraz
Rhone valley in France is the go-to for the grape, its sub regions for Syrah wines include Cote Rotie, Hermitage etc where they blend in a touch of Viognier a perfumed white grape. In relative cooler regions outside of France like the Sonoma in the USA and Yarra in Australia the grape is still addressed as Syrah to indicate the style of wine making. The warmer climates like Barossa and Mclaren Vale in Australia call it Shiraz.
Shiraz & Food Pairing
A spice laden Shiraz wine is a great combination with spicy Indian food is what we often hear in the Indian scene but it certainly must be considered with a big pinch of salt. A shiraz comes from moderate to hot climates and is high in alcohol, alcohol can take make spice levels in the food hit the roof and set once palate on fire, of course not literally.
Brands of Shiraz in the Indian Market (Mumbai prices)
Outback Jack Rs 1475
Bush Ballad Rs 1590
Wolf Blass Bilyara Rs 1975
Yellow Tail Rs 2095
Metal Label Black Rs 2670
Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Rs 2700
Peter Lehmann Barossa Rs 4500
Geoff Hardy Petaringa Rs 5400
Peter Lehmann " Stonewell " Rs 12950
Concha Y Toro 'Frontera' Rs 1590
Carta Vieja limited release Rs 1896
Paul Jaboulet Rs 2300
Delas Rs 2495
Domaine Les Alexandrins Rs 3145
M. Chapoutier, Les Meysonniers AOC, Crozes-Hermitage Rs 4500
Domaine Les Alexandrins St. Joseph Rs 6756
Achelo Cortona DOC Rs 3582
Two Oceans Rs 1590
MAN Family, SKAAPVELKD Rs 1995
Cape Dreams Robertson Valley Rs 2065
Nederburg , The Wine Master's Rs 2450
Thelema, Stellenbosch Rs 4720
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