Syrah / Shiraz Taste Profile

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

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The Syrah / Shiraz Taste Profile is made up of a unique combination of color, flavors, aromas, and structure. These elements are referred to as wine characteristics. Syrah and Shiraz are the same wine grape, but the name indicates differences in wine production. We’ll identify these differences and pinpoint their hallmark characteristics that will help you identify the wine by sight, smell, and taste.

Unique Syrah and Shiraz Characteristics

Each type of wine grape develops a unique combination of flavors and aromas that are influenced by things like their growing environment (climate and soil – aka terroir), the fermentation process (aka yeast converting sugar to alcohol), and maturation (such as aging in oak barrels).

Syrah is produced in Northern Rhône, France marked by an elegant balance and subtle notes of fruit. Shiraz is produced in Australia and is known for its big bold fruit-forward approach. Wine producers in other regions of the world who mimic the French style will call their wine Syrah and likewise, those who mimic the Australian style will call their wine Shiraz.


The color for red wine ranges from Pale Red to Bright Ruby Red to Deep Purple. Red wine color comes from the grape skins. Grapes with thin skins and light skin color will translate to a pale red wine and will be translucent (you’ll be able to see through the wine). Grapes with thick skins and dark skin color will translate to a deep purple wine color that is opaque (in other words you won’t be able to see much of anything through the wine).

Image shows the color range for red wine is Pale Red, Deep Rudy, and Deep Purple. Syrah/Shiraz is identified as Deep Purple in color.

Syrah / Shiraz Wine Color: deep purple and opaque.

The Syrah grape has very thick skin and has a deep color which results in this very dark, opaque wine.

Flavors & Aromas