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Shirland Syrah

Shirland Syrah Wine Details

Description: Our 2007 Shirland Syrah grown by Michael Newland is a full bodied hearty red wine characterized by deep dark berry flavors with undertones of earth, mushrooms and toasted oak. After cold soaking for four days the must was fermented in open-top fermenters, punched down twice daily and then pressed at dryness. The wine was aged for 18 months in 25% neutral and 75% new French oak barrels and blended with a small amount of Viognier (7%) to provide some softness. This Syrah will pair nicely with grilled sausage, braised pork, peppery steak. and herb rubbed lamb. It also complements meat dishes that are finished with a red wine demi glace or mushroom sauce, hearty stews, black olives and dishes containing pungent herb flavors.

Varietal Definition
Syrah is the eight hundred pound gorilla of Rhone grapes! In the vineyard and the winery, Syrah is typically an easy grape to work with - healthy, early ripening, resistant to mildew and rot; suitable for winemaking in a variety of styles. The wines from Syrah are tannic without being harsh. The wines will have a taste and smell of dark blue fruit like blackberries and blackcurrant, with a strong spicy side where one can find freshly ground pepper and other spices. Syrah is famous for its part in the French blends, such as Côtes du Rhone and Châteauneuf du Pape.


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