Pourquoi Syrah?

What’s in a name? Given how hard it is to remember all of the grape varietals out there in the first place, why would someone go out of their way to confuse matters further by giving more than one name to the same grape? While you’re navigating your way between Sauvignon and Savagnin or managing the pronunciation of Viognier, the last thing you need is a long list of synonyms to contend with as well! Did you know that Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are, in fact, one and the same? So are Mourvèdre and Mataro, Zinfandel and Primitivo and – importantly for us – Shiraz and Syrah. So why the fancy schmancy French name? The use of ‘Syrah’ in Australia is a style indicator that says the wine is  spicier, more medium bodied and more elegant in the Rhône tradition than a Shiraz you might find in the Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale. Shiraz has a tendency towards a boldness in hot, sunny climates that was the basis for the Grange revolution of the 1980s. By contrast, Ngeringa’s European-inspired Syrah is a refined reflection of our beautiful cool climate Adelaide Hills region. But at the end of the day, whatever you choose to call it, we have no doubt you’ll love our latest Ngeringa Syrah.