Syrah is the only grape used to make the famous Rhône wines of Côte Rotie and Hermitage, but also forms the backbone of most Rhône blends, including Chateauneuf du Pape.
Main features : Syrah : Although cultivated since antiquity, syrah is indigenous to France. a genetic cross of two relatively obscure varieties, mondeuse blanc and dureza. More than half the world’s total Syrah acreage is planted in France, but it is also a successful grape in Australia (called Shiraz or Hermitage).
Syrah vines are relatively productive, yet not too vigorous. Like Merlot, it is sensitive to coulure, and although Syrah buds fairly late, it is a mid-season ripener. Syrah requires heat to get fully ripe, but can lose varietal character when even slightly overripe. The berry is thick-skinned and dark, almost black.
œnological potential: Syrah forms intense wines, with deep violet, nearly black color, chewy texture and richness, and often alcoholic strength, with aromas that tend to be more spicy than fruity. black currant, blackberry musk, civet, truffle, earth, black pepper, licorice, clove, thyme, bay leaf
Use : Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (blended with Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Grenache ), Lirac, Tavel, Vacqueyras, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Côtes du Rhône, Costières de Nîmes, Languedoc like Minervois, Pic Saint Loup, Faugères, Saint Chinian, Corbières and Roussillon and Provence.