October 11, 2022
Main theme: Syrah
The Syrah grape, called Shiraz in a number of countries, was theorized to have been brought to France from the Middle East during the Crusades. There are many rumors about the origin of the grape, for example that the grape comes from the Iranian city of Shiraz. However, genetic research shows that the grape comes from two grape varieties from southeastern France, namely Dureza and Mondeuse blanche.
The grape is most commonly known as dry red wine. Furthermore, dry rosé and sparkling wine are made from the syrah. The latter, the "Sparkling Syrah" is rare, is closed with a bottle cap and comes mainly from Australia.
Although the Syrah is often used in combination with other grape varieties (varietal wines with >85% Syrah and blend wines), there are also winegrowers who make wines where only the Syrah grape is used (mono cepage). One of the best known blends or assemblies is the GSM blend, which stands for Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. This blend has its origins in the French Rhône, but the combination is now bottled worldwide.
The Syrah is the classic grape of the Côte Rôtie and the Hermitage in France, but today South Australia is by far the largest producer, especially in Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. The grape is also grown in Crete, in California in the United States, in the Argentine province of Mendoza, in Chile and in Stellenbosch in South Africa.
This evening Noël Vanwittenbergh will elaborate on the Syrah grape with the named facets and will undoubtedly surprise us with accompanying wine and food combinations.