What is the difference between Syrah and Shiraz?' Answer - Nothing! In the true spirit of Australian individualism, the Aussies planted Syrah and called it Shiraz. The two grapes are genetically identical, though when tasted, there are some differences.
Since Roman times Syrah has been grown in the a Rhône region of France which it originates from. Australian wines are booming and winemakers have made huge strides understanding which varietals grow best in each region. They have found that in particular areas like Barossa, McLaren Vale and Coonwarra, the shiraz grape turned out to be a very ripe fruit with lower acidity producing luscious, silky, mouth-filling wines.
The purest French Syrah with (allmost 100% pure Syrah grape in a region where blending is the law) come from the Northen part of the region where are produced some of the most sought after and long-lived Rhône : Côte Rotie, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and Cornas.
The session will consist of blind tasting 8 to 10 bottles of pure Syrah and find out in which of those two regions we can find the most outstanding wine makers.
Hope to see you all.