De Italiaanse website Doctor Wine van Daniele Cernilli geeft een duidelijke beschrijving van de syrah, een druif in opkomst:
‘Syrah (or Shiraz) is a red grape variety which is one of the most noble and respected among experts. While there is some controversy over its origins, it is most likely that it originated in Persia and came to Europe during the Crusades. Although it is cultivated all over the world, it grows best in the northern part of the Rhone Valley, in particular in the appellations of Cote-Rotie and, further south, Hermitage. Legend has it that in the 13th century the Knight Templar Henri Gaspard de Sterinberg returned from the Crusades and planted a few Syrah rootstocks on the Hermitage hill. For sure this granite hill has produced some of the world’s best Syrah wines. Cote-Rotie, on the other hand, is divided into two hills, Cote Blonde and Cote Brune, one which has a soil of silicon, granite and lime which produces elegant and refined wines, while the other hill’s soil is composed of granite and sand which makes the wine more tannic and bold. Syrah also grows consistently well in Australia, which produces some excellent wine especially in the Barossa Valley, while the famous Grange from Penfolds is considered one of the world’s best reds.
In Italy, Syrah wines have become increasingly popular above all those from central Italy and Sicily, while some excellent ones have also come from the Cortona area of Tuscany.
Syrah has proven to be very resistant against various vine disease and has a regular growing season, ripening not too late. The grape itself is rich in extracts and has a very high phenol component.
Syrah wine has an intense color, often a purple-ruby, due to the high level of anthocyanin in the grape. Its aromas are of fruit and spice and the mouthfeel, in the best of cases, unites finesse with a bold structure, a nice softness and thick tannins’.