Shiraz vs Syrah

15 August 2017

Shiraz vs Syrah

Shiraz. Syrah. Are they the same?

Shiraz and syrah are essentially two different names for the same grape – but that doesn’t necessarily make them the same. The different climates where shiraz and syrah are grown out very different characteristics in the wine.

The fruit grown in the Hawkes Bay for example, thrives, but it is among the last fruit in the vineyard to ripen – when picked the fruit produces floral, peppered, plummy wines, reminiscent of those from Rhone, the region in France that is famous for syrah.

In South Australia it’s much hotter and the grapes can easily over-ripen – creating rich, burly reds, very different to a Hawkes Bay syrah.