Summer 2007

Wente Estate

Stars In Their Bars - Colin Dexter

Grape Varieties
- Shiraz

Consider the Barrel

Cognac -The angel's share

Diary of a Project - Pt 5

Staff Profile
- Keith Butler

The Boot Inn - Barnard Gate

Winter 2006


Diary of a Project - Pt 4

History of Liqueurs

Nyetimber Vineyards - Robin Shuckburgh

Grape Varieties - Zinfandel

Staff Profile - Jenny Curnow

The White Hart -South Leigh

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Syrah, or Shiraz as the grape is known in Australia (and increasingly elsewhere too) has an exotic history. Thought to be of Middle Eastern origin, it is very possible that the grape was originally grown in the area which includes the ancient city of Shiraz which lay to the south east of what is now Iran. The vine was probably brought to Marseilles by the Romans or the Phocaeans and was certainly established in the Rhone Valley in the latter part of the Roman occupation. Syrah reached Australia rather later in the 1830s where it was to find another great home. Today about 40% of all red wine plantings in Australia are of the Shiraz grape variety.

Syrah is a grape that produces wine that is dark coloured and dense with wonderful smokey and spicy charisteristics – attributes which have made it very popular amongst those who appreciate full rich fruit flavours. But with modern wine making techniques it can be produced to be everything from a medium weight crisp red to a classic powerful blockbuster like an Australian Barossa Shiraz or even a Hermitage from the Rhone. This is undoubtedly one of the world’s classic grape varieties.