Shiraz vs Syrah
So, where’s the difference lie? Well Shiraz is not the wine produced from the city of Shiraz in Pursia/Iran, although it used to be!
In the modern era it is in fact the term used in Australia for Syrah (Sir-rah) which has it’s origins in the South East of France. The grape variety heralds from the same vine species no matter where you are, however, this is where the similarity ends.
Dependent on climate and the soil it is grown in, the resulting wine can be quite different. It can also be influenced to some degree by the winemaker and when the grapes are picked and how they are handled in the winery.
In recent times in Australia, the use of the name Shiraz or Syrah has been adopted to indicate the growing conditions and hence the style of wine produced.
The quintessential rich deep Shiraz comes form the warmer regions such as Barossa or McLaren Vale while the more vibrant lighter Syrah styles are now appearing from the cooler areas such as the Adelaide Hills, Mornington Peninsula and Beechworth in Victoria.
Is one better than the other? As always, it is up to personal preference. At least with the advent of using the name Shiraz or Syrah, there is an ability to have an indication as to the style of wine inside the bottle!