Posted 28th May 2016
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Posted 16th May 2016
At the first wine course I ever took the tutor explained that Syrah and Shiraz are actually the same grape but under different names. It felt like an illuminating nugget of knowledge at the time, but it turned out to be fool’s gold. At their extremes, these two styles are so different that they have little in common. At one end there’s the spicy, savoury aromatics and defined structure born of a warm climate (Syrah); at the other there is the power, density and ripe black fruits of a hot climate (Shiraz).
Both have their fans, but I find that too much heat robs this grape of its aromatic...
Wine of the Week
(£12.99, 13%, Rude Wines)
Saint Péray tends to get overlooked as a source of excellent northern Rhône whites, lost in the shadow of more famous (and expensive) Hermitage and Condrieu. But this pure Marsanne from one of the region's best known names is delicious: aromatic and floral, with notes of wild herbs and honeysuckle, a touch of oak, hints of fennel and aniseed and a long, stylish, refreshing finish.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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