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Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape originating from the Northern Rhône Valley in eastern France. The grape has found another home in Australia, where is the flagship variety and has developed such a distinct personality that it is essentially regarded as a different variety known as Shiraz. The Australian producers from Barrosa Valley wine region also came up with the innovative and highly successful Cabernet-Shiraz blend. Syrah is celebrated all over the world reaching its best expression in Hermitage and Côte Rôtie. In Côte Rôtie, some producers mix it with the white grape Viognier to produce a heavily perfumed, opulent and exotic wine. It is part of the Southern Rhône blend of the historic Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, making silky, dark-fruited, soft and spicy wines with lots of power and elegance. Other quite significant wine regions and countries that successfully produce Syrah are Valais, Burgenland, Oregon, California, Tuscany, Chile and New Zealand. Syrah has proved to be very adaptable around the world and wines are produced in many styles and display myriad dark-fruit flavours. Syrah can be very floral in its youth, developing white and black pepper notes and herbaceous aromas with the age. Some expressions show tanned leather and smoky scents, while the fruit in these wines leads towards the very dark flavours of blackcurrant and liquorice.

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