Syrah is also known as Shiraz, particularly in Australia. Those Aussies have a different word for everything. Syrah is a red grape with a hearty pioneering spirit and is easy for winemakers to work with. It's very healthy, ripens early, resists mildew and rot and adapts to various winemaking styles. Syrah has a long history in California, with the best examples standing up to the biggest California Cabernets. Like a Cabernet, Syrah has a wealth of tannins and complex flavor combinations. Count yourself in the Syrah camp if you enjoy spicy, peppery, smoky flavors as well as blackberries, plums and other flavors. Keep working your tongue and you might detect a touch of licorice or baker's chocolate.
99% Shiraz, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon