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September 17th, 2013

We are finally harvesting the elegant Syrah!

Syrah is one of the grapes that we process by the carbonic maceration technique

         One of the most well known and appreciated grapes in the world, Syrah, is the “famous child” of an obscure couple. Until recently its origins were actually unknown. The technology that alows for DNA profile analyses has recently established that its “parents” are two obscure grapes from South-Eastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Both grapes have almost disappeared today, (the father) only exists in the  ampelography of the Montpellier research institute, whereas Mondeuse Blanche still existed in 1999 in Savoy on a surface of only 5 ha. Anyway, the genetic determination of its origins has contested the theories according to which the origins of Syrah were taken on by several vineyards in the world: we know for sure that this grape was born in the North of the Rhone Valley, with no connection to the Iranian town of Shiraz, to the shirazi wines or to the Roman legions of Syracuse.
“They son” Syrah, became very famous, covering surfaces of over  140.000 de hectare all over the world but mostly in Franca (67.000 ha) and Australia (44.000 ha). The first time when this grape draw the attention of the wine connaisseurs  was in the 18th and 19th centuries, when Hermitage wines (in which about 15% Marsanne and/or Roussanne is added) have been noticed by great French wine ambassadors such as Thomas Jefferson.
         The second popularity wave came at the end of the 19th century, following the exceptional results it had in Australia where it proved to be an excellent companion for blends but also a true champion of single varietals. After 1980, as the wine market was globalized, Australia declared Shiraz as they national grape.  
Today there is a certain assumed difference between Shiraz and Syrah. Shiraz is considered the name for New World style wines, whereas Syrah, even in Australia, is a symbolic name for wines elaborated in European style. Sure enough there are many consumers who love this grape as a single varietal but also in classic blends  –  alongside  Viognier in Côte Rôtie,  Grenache and Mourvedre (among others) in Chateauneuf du Pape and in Australian GSMs or 50/50 with Cabernet in all the New World countries.
         The passion for this grape is easy to understand, especially if we take into consideration the multiple expressions it can display, from floral to slightly vegetal in younger, raw, non-barreled wines, to the subtle notes of sweet fruit in rosés, to the dark tannic wine that opens in a burst of black fruit, coffee and cocoa, in thoroughly elaborated wines.
         In Segarcea this grape has found its place in one of the most precious blends of Minima Moralia – Devotion, where it spices and brings glow to the embrace between harsh, dense and tannic Cabernet and slightly feminine, soft and round Marselan. They both create a product that brings together maturity and youth, balance and force, fresh notes and dark notes, in a complex layered wine with a determined but friendly character.

Radu Rizea, Journalist

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