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Week 2: Syrah/Shiraz

Two names, one grape and an increasing variety of styles! Get the lowdown on this much-loved grape and discover a buyer-picked shiraz and a flagship syrah from our Exhibition range.


Syrah/Shiraz Grape Masterclass

Anna from our Tastings team gives us a little info on why this grape has two names, what to expect from its wines, both single-varietal and those blended with other grapes.


Our South Africa buyer’s top under-£10 shiraz

Rustenberg Shiraz, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2016

Rustenberg Shiraz, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2016

I chose this cracking-value South African example of shiraz because it offers the best of both worlds: shiraz expresses itself differently according to its location – fresher and peppery in cool regions, richer and spicier in hot ones – and Stellenbosch sits somewhere between the two. As a result, this has plenty of body, sweet oak and ripe brambly fruit but also a lovely savoury note and good freshness. Do give it a go!’

Buy it here for £9.75

Joanna Locke MW

Your Buyer for South Africa

Flagship syrah from the grape’s French heartlands

The Society's Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage 2016

The Society's Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage 2016

A textbook example of syrah from the area most famous for the grape, the northern Rhône, at a superb price for its quality. It’s made by Maison Nicolas Perrin (a joint venture between Rhône twin titans Jaboulet of the north and Perrin of the south) exclusively for us and 2016 was a fabulous vintage, bringing lovely depth of colour and flavour. Expect plenty of blackberry, blueberry and spice flavours, all in delicious balance, with the classic peppery syrah character starting to come through on the finish.

Buy it here for £13.95

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More Syrah/Shiraz Wines

From classically proportioned Rhône syrah to full-throttle new world shiraz – browse them all in one place.

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