Popular plonk like Yellow Tail pigeonholed Shiraz (the Aussie moniker for Syrah) as a high-alcohol fruit bomb. These three bottles will remind you of the grape’s considerable charms.
Trapiche Reserve Syrah 2011, $11.95
One of the best-value reds at the LCBO, this bottle hails from Argentina’s Mendoza region. Try with aged gouda.
Ponce notes: “A few swirls unleash an alluring cologne of dark berries, vanilla, and spice. It’s a suave wine with muted acids, soft tannins, and no sharp edges.”
Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012, $14.95
From Vintages Essentials, this perennial favourite is made by South Africa’s Boekenhoutskloof (hence
the cute animal rebranding). Open with burgers.
Ponce notes: “A nose of strawberry jam on slightly burnt toast beguiles. On the palate, sweet fruit and smoky undertones join forces like a successful duet between Carrie Underwood and Tom Waits.”
Ferraton Père & Fils La Source Saint-Joseph 2010, $24.95
A recent release at Vintages, this bottle was made from grapes grown in the granite foothills of the northern Rhône. Pour with grilled tuna.
Ponce notes: “Earthy, tart, and peppery, this wine showcases Syrah’s complexity when grown in a cooler climate. It’s a bit closed at the moment: Give it another three years to strut its stuff.”