Definition - What does Syrah mean?
Syrah is a dark grape that is widely grown throughout the world and is especially popular in France, Australia and California. It can be bottled as a single varietal as well as blended with other wines.
In Australia where it is a signature grape, Syrah is known as Shiraz.
WineFrog explains Syrah
Syrah has its origins in the Rhone Valley of France. It is known as one of the most versatile and abundant grapes and is a standout red bottled as a single varietal or mixed into a stellar blend. Syrah blends well with Cabernet Sauvignon, first created in Australia as a Shiraz-Cabernet. Chateauneuf-du-Pape style wines use a small amount of Syrah blended with Grenache and Mourvedre.
The dark, almost black fruit of the Syrah grape produces a spicy, full-bodied red wine. Its smooth texture melds into intense flavors of oaky fruit and produces notes of blackberry and raspberry with a touch of black pepper. Syrah pairs well with flavorful grilled meats, roasted game and hearty vegetables.