Wine & Spirits 101
Same Grape. Different Wine Styles.
Although Syrah and Shiraz are two names for the same grape, there are differences in wine styles depending on where the wines are produced. For example, Syrah in France is herbaceous and elegant, medium to full-bodied, with quite high levels of tannins. A hint of mint, black pepper and blackberry flavors are also commonly noted.
The warmer Australian growing climate is responsible for the flavors that make Shiraz very different from Syrah. Shiraz is fruit-driven and less tannic. It is also usually higher in alcohol content, has a slightly sweet impression, and is often considered rich, burly, jammy or chocolatey.
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