Syrah
(Shiraz)

Syrah, or Shiraz, was only added to the list of Austrian Quality wines in 2001. The variety originally gained fame in the Rhône Valley is a natural crossing of Dureza and Mondeuse blanche.

Origin

France, Rhone Valley

Parentage

Natural crossing of Dureza x Mondeuse blanche

Vineyard area

152 ha, 0.3%

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Syrah
© AWMB / Oberleitner

Vineyard area: Registered as a quality variety since 2001. This grape is grown around the world and is of significant importance in the warm red winegrowing regions in all of the continents.

Important ampelographic features:
Leaf: medium-sized; five lobes; slightly sinuated
Grape cluster: medium-sized; compact, cylindrical, with wings; small berries with thin skins, blueish-black colour; very fragrant and juicy

Ripening time: late

Significance, conditions: Syrah is appreciated as a single variety red wine and as a blender in cuvées.It is sensitive to frost and is suitable only for very early warming sites. Because of its rather high yields, crop regulation is in order.

Wine: Delivers deep red, tannin-rich wines from grapes with full physiological ripeness - from low yielding vines growing in very good sites. The grapes typically exude aromas of violets and mignonette. Long maturation time and ageing are required for the production of high quality wines.