Know your Grape: Syrah

The reputation of Syrah is founded on the great wines of the Northern Rhone such as Hermitage, Cornas and Côte Rotie. In recent decades it has achieved remarkable success in Australia, where it is known as Shiraz (named after the Iranian city from where it is said to have originated before being taken to France) as well as other areas of France such as the Southern Rhone, Languedoc and New World nations such as South Africa and Argentina.

In Lebanon, its popularity is surging. Local producers value its longevity (Syrah has enormous aging potential and responds well to oak maturation) as well as its aromas and flavors of prunes, spices, and licorice and berry fruits.

Château Ksara took the pioneering decision to plant Syrah in the early 90s as part of its initiative to introduce the so-called “noble” grapes into Lebanese terroir. The move paid off and Syrah can be found in the best-selling Réserve du Couvent, Clos St Alphonse, the winery’s label specially blended for Marks and Spencer department store, and its flagship Cuvée du TroisièmeMillénaire.

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