Backberg celebrates #WineWednesday with Syrah and Shiraz

Syrah is a noble grape variety which produces wine with robust spiciness, deep colour and dense, smoky, fruit characteristics.

In the Northern Rhone Valley, in south-eastern France, two grape varieties, namely Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche, were crossed, to produce Syrah.

South Africans know this variety as Shiraz and the temperate climate, specifically the warm wine region of Paarl, is ideal for the growing of this grape. South African Shiraz is fruit-driven, spicy and often referred to as jammy. A short time on oak can give these wines great structure and ageability. It is currently the fourth most-planted cultivar in South Africa and is often used in blends or to make Rose and Blanc de Noir.