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Syrah

While Syrah is called Shiraz in Australia, and Syrah most everywhere else, both are essentially the same grape. It is popular today in Rhône blends, whether that’s in France’s Rhône Valley, Washington, Australia’s Barossa Valley, Chile, South Africa, or throughout California.

The grape was at one time prolific throughout Persia, however, its origin actually traces back to France’s Northern Rhône Valley.

Syrah is an offspring of two grapes: Dureza and Mondeuse blanche. A key grape in the GSM blend—Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre—Syrah expresses peppery, chocolate, and dark-red fruit notes. This blend is quite popular with wineries along California’s Central Coast.

Syrah is a perfect wine for aging as its nuances truly develop after 10 or 15 years in the bottle. One of the most expensive Syrahs and a frequent item at auction is from Sine Qua Non, a California cult winery. In 2008, these Syrahs (1990s vintages) were selling at auction for between $300 and $2,000 a bottle.


Quick Facts

  • Syrah plantings in France’s Rhône region drastically increased from 3,300 acres in 1958 to 86,000 acres by the mid-1990s
  • It wasn’t until 2000 that Syrah earned a spot on the list of top 10 most planted wine-grape varietals
  • Syrah is used to make sparkling Shiraz at a few Australian wineries

Recommended Items at Auction

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1987 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1987 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD24013 Bids
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD2409 Bids
1984 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1984 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD2209 Bids
1997 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1997 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD2809 Bids
1999 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia - in timber presentation box
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1999 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia - in timber presentation box
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD3009 Bids
2015 E. Guigal, Hermitage
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2015 E. Guigal, Hermitage
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD1309 Bids
2008 Chris Ringland 'Hoffmann Vineyard' Shiraz, Barossa Valley - numbered bottle in box
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2008 Chris Ringland 'Hoffmann Vineyard' Shiraz, Barossa Valley - numbered bottle in box
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1208 Bids
1987 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1987 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD2208 Bids
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD2007 Bids
2008 Chris Ringland 'Hoffmann Vineyard' Shiraz, Barossa Valley - numbered bottle in box
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2008 Chris Ringland 'Hoffmann Vineyard' Shiraz, Barossa Valley - numbered bottle in box
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1206 Bids
1985 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1985 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD1806 Bids
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD2006 Bids
1986 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1986 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD4006 Bids
1988 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1988 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD2005 Bids
1996 Trevor Jones 'Wild Witch' Reserve Dry Grown Shiraz, Barossa Valley
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1996 Trevor Jones 'Wild Witch' Reserve Dry Grown Shiraz, Barossa Valley
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD505 Bids
1988 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1988 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange Hermitage' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD500- AUD600
AUD2005 Bids
2013 Taylors 'The Pioneer' Shiraz, Clare Valley - limited release, in box
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2013 Taylors 'The Pioneer' Shiraz, Clare Valley - limited release, in box
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD605 Bids
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1996 Penfolds Bin 95 'Grange' Shiraz, South Australia
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD2005 Bids
2008 Chris Ringland 'Hoffmann Vineyard' Shiraz, Barossa Valley - numbered bottle in box
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2008 Chris Ringland 'Hoffmann Vineyard' Shiraz, Barossa Valley - numbered bottle in box
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1104 Bids
1985 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage Blanc - 1500ml magnum
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
1985 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage Blanc - 1500ml magnum
by Lawsons
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD2204 Bids
2019 E. Guigal, Hermitage
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2019 E. Guigal, Hermitage
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD504 Bids
2019 E. Guigal, Hermitage
May 30, 4:00 PM AEST
2019 E. Guigal, Hermitage
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD704 Bids

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