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Newbies Drink Syrah/Shiraz : Exploring Different Tastes!

Rachael Tan
November 13, 2023
10:26 pm

This week on “Newbies Drink Wine,” we’re exploring Syrah, also known as Shiraz! We’ve selected two distinct styles of Syrah/Shiraz to highlight the differences between each expression.

Miguel Torres Cordillera Syrah 2018

This week’s pick, Cordillera Syrah 2018, brought a deep, rich garnet to the table. Sniffing it, we caught the essence of cooked blackcurrant, a touch of grassiness, and a subtle reminder of Chinese herbs. On the palate, it balanced nicely with medium tannins and acidity, showcasing a full-bodied character. Dark fruit flavors, mainly blackcurrants, took the spotlight, accompanied by hints of minerality and smokiness.

Team verdict: It’s got potential, give it another 3-4 years! 🍷

Decoding wine labels:

  • Reserva Especial: This wine, produced in Chile, doesn’t have to follow the same legal rules as Reserva/gran reserva terms in Spain. Still, it’s been aged for 12 months in oak barrels, with 1/3 of them being brand new.
  • Cordillera: The Cordillera line is focused on showing the best expression of a variety in a specific valley. In the case of this Syrah Range, Miguel Torres has selected the Casablanca valley.
  • Syrah: Grape Variety
  • Parcela: Stands for Parcels, highlighting wines sourced from single vineyards.
  • Miguel Torres: Brand Name

Windy Peak Shiraz 2018

Now, let’s talk about Windy Peak Shiraz from De Bortoli! It had a lovely colour – a mix of ruby and garnet. Smelling it, we got a strong whiff of fresh black fruits—especially black cherry—and a hint of wet stones. When you take a sip, it’s not too strong or tannic, just a good mix of juicy black fruits and sweet spices. Super easy to enjoy!

Fun fact: If a wine is more French in style, they call it Syrah; if it’s from the New World, like Australia, it’s called Shiraz.

Decoding wine labels:

  • Windy Peak: Estate Name
  • Shiraz: Grape Variety
  • Heathcote: Region
  • De Bortoli: Brand Name

Pair this with: Beef Spare ribs, slow cooked pork in Chinese BBQ sauce!

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