You say Syrah, I say Shiraz: 10 of our favorites from around the world
Native to France, Syrah has toured the world in the wine regions of Washington, New Zealand, Italy and beyond. In Australia, the grape was adopted as its signature red under the nickname Shiraz.
But no matter what you call what’s in your drink, there is a Syrah or a Shiraz for every drinker.
Seppeltsfield 2018 Shiraz (Barossa Valley); $ 22, 94 points. All the features of Barossa Shiraz are here without too much fuss. An intoxicating and fruity nose of cherry and cassis overhangs a wave of baking spices, mocha, furniture polish and earthy, mineral tones. The tannins are powerful but fine and well textured. There is also enough polish here for a bit of keeping. Drink now – 2025. Legendary imports. editors Choice. –Christina pickard
Yangarra 2018 King’s Wood Shiraz (McLaren Vale); $ 55, 94 points. This one-piece, biodynamically grown Shiraz vintage is more classic than the freshest of 2017. Although it lacks the sex appeal of 17, it still offers more restraint and elegance than many of its southern counterparts. from Australia. An aromatic bouquet of blueberry, raspberry and tangy plum intertwines with sweet notes of baking spices, ground pepper and terracotta. There’s muscle in the highly textured (both chalky and grainy) tannins, but they’re layered in flavor. A charming yet serious wine to drink now through 2030. Jackson Family Wines –CP
Emmanuel Darnaud 2018 Les Troix Chênes (Crozes-Hermitage); $ 40, 93 points. Bulky yet fresh, this full-bodied Syrah showcases ripe, fragrant flavors of plum and blackberry with nuances of graphite, cedar and crushed peppercorns. Raised in a mix of concrete and large oak barrels, this is a supple and pure fruity red, bordered by fine, silky tannins and a spicy licorice finish. It drinks beautifully in its youth but is expected to last until 2028. Fruit of the Vines, Inc. editors Choice. –Anna Lee C. Iijima
Isole e Olena 2016 Collezione Privata Syrah (Tuscany); $ 61, 93 points. Aromas of undergrowth, blackberry, ground pepper, blue flowers and mocha emerge from the glass. Elegantly structured, the velvety palate offers blackberry compote, fleshy black cherry, French oak and toasted walnuts alongside supple and enveloping tannins. It closes with notes of blood orange and coffee bean. Drink now through 2026. Rooms and bedrooms. –Kerin O’Keefe
Quady North 2017 4-2, A Syrah (Rogue Valley); $ 25, 93 points. Sensational value, this is a dark, aromatic and richly fruity wine with powerful flavors of roasted fruit and scorched earth. It avoids bitterness throughout a long finish, mixed with anise and a hint of lemon. The power and balance are exceptional. editors Choice. –Paul Gregutt
Scar of the Sea 2019 Rancho Sisquoc Syrah (Santa Maria Valley); $ 28, 93 points. Fresh aromas of black raspberry, violet and wisteria are sprinkled with white pepper and damp earth on the nose of this bottling from a historic vineyard deep in the valley. Sustained acidity and sandy tannins frame the sip, where blueberry and lavender flavors remain fun and fresh. –Matt Kettmann
Te Awanga 2017 Mister Syrah (Hawke’s Bay); $ 22, 93 points. The color of rose petals, this is a light and accessible refreshing Syrah that contains only 11.5% alcohol. The aromas are dynamic and fresh: rhubarb and cranberry, tasty herbal and floral notes and a light roasted and charred quality. The palate is medium weight, with a tasty vein on crunchy and silky fruit and supple but structured tannins. There is a medicinal bite at the end. An autumn wine to drink now. LeVecke. editors Choice. –CP
Yannick Alléno & Michel Chapoutier 2018 Croix de Chabot (Saint-Joseph); $ 38, 93 points. Bursts of iron and black pepper juxtapose powerfully ripe flavors of black plum and blackberry in this inky Syrah. It is an expression deeply extracted from Saint-Joseph but well anchored by a bristling acidity and fine and supple tannins. At its peak now – 2028. Imports of wine Sera. editors Choice. –AI
Savage Grace 2019 Red Willow Vineyard Syrah (Yakima Valley); $ 42, 92 points. In the characteristic style of this producer, this wine came out young, without new contact with the oak. Aromas of flowers, tobacco, dried herbs and black cherry are followed by lighter flavors that add even more intensity. Purity is the goal. Serve it with grilled lamb chops. editors Choice. –Sean P. Sullivan
One Leaf 2018 Shiraz (California); $ 10, 90 points. This full-bodied and enveloping wine offers generous black fruits, notes of white and black pepper and a firm but rich texture. It flirts with a gamy, earthy character for added complexity, rare in such an affordable wine. Best buy. –Jim gordon
Posted on May 26, 2021