Rhone varietal origin. Legend has it that the knight Gaspard Henry brought cuttings from the city of Shiraz in Persia. In fact, recent genetic research has shown that Syrah is actually a native French variety, natural cross between the mondeuse blanche and durazé, a native of Ardeche.
Hermitage, sérine in Côte Rôtie (Rhône), sirane, candive, biaune, sérène or serène, shiraz.
Its branches are long to very long, sometimes breaking under the action of a strong winds. Needs to be conducted in trellised form. Sensitive to chlorosis in early vegetative cycle and drought (in this case, it keeps small grains without juice). Concerned by ginning at over ripeness. On the field, the Syrah is usually harvested in the first fortnight of September.
Côtes du Rhône and Languedoc Roussillon. Australia, South Africa, Mexico, California and Switzerland. Begins to be planted in Germany.
Wines and flavors
Quality wine, very colorful, rich in tannins with strong aromatic potential which can vary on the following registers: blackcurrant, cherry, chocolate, raspberry, cooked fruit (prune), blackberry, animal notes (leather and skin), licorice, violet , smoke. The mouth is very flexible. Makes very interesting connections with other varieties such as Cinsault but also black Grenache and Mourvèdre in Coteaux du Languedoc.