shiraz grape date

GRAPE DATE: The spicy one


grape dateAre you in need of something to spice up your life? Look no further – I’m certainly the one for you. I’m one big, bold and masculine hunk of meat. I tend to get around a bit, but that’s certainly more to your advantage than disadvantage. I come in many different forms – sometimes I can act a little austere and aloof, but I can also be loud and in your face. Whatever my mood, there is no doubting that I’m an absolute beast.


Name: Syrah

Nicknames: The Aussies call me Shiraz



Age: Ancient, and still going strong

Country of Origin: Rhone Valley, France

Location:  You’ll find a bit of me everywhere, but France’s Rhone valley is where I feel most at ease.

Likes: Granite soils

Dislike:  The cold.

Body type: Big and muscular

Children: None of note

Smoking: Is definitely something that I’m partial to…

Drinking: It depends on my mood


I’m generally quite intense. Imagine soft dark fruit like blackberries and cherries, mixed in with a savoury edge of peppery spice, meat and leather.

Similar to: In my opinion I can stand up to, and even dominate the king, but I wouldn’t say we are that similar.

Pairing: I’m so versatile! You can enjoy me alone or bung in some friends… Whether they go by the name of Grenache and Mourvedre in a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, or steak and venison…

Met your match?
If my big, bold ways appeal to you then you’ll find me just about anywhere, for any price! Here are some that I recommend:

Errazuriz Estate Syrah Reserva, Chile (£6.66 on special, usually £9.99, Waitrose)

Crozes-Hermitage ‘Petite Ruche’, Chapoutier, Rhone, France (£17.99, Majestic)

Extra Special Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia (£5.98, Asda)