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by Fred McMillin
Is Syrah on a Roll?
Australian Shiraz (Syrah) is the next big thing in red wine. It is only a matter of time before it develops a large following in the U.S.
While we haven't had a California Syrah yet that knocked our socks off, the grape is coming on strong there, too.
Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher
The Rest of the Story
So how is Syrah doing compared to the competition? To get an idea, we matched 16 Australian and California Syrah (Shiraz) versus other Golden State reds of the same price. Here are the winners, listed in order of increasing price. The "winning margin" is the winner's rating minus the loser's rating on a zero to 100 scale.
Syrah-Shiraz won seven matches while other California varietals won nine.
Half of the Australian Shiraz entries won their matches, while only 40% of the California Shiraz-Syrah won.
Syrah is nicely competitive; Australia is a bit ahead of California. It'll be fun to try the new releases the next few years. In fact, I have a Shiraz coming from the emerging Carramar Estate Australian winery for the next tasting. Stay tuned.
This page created July 2000