Some grapes are homebodies. They don’t like to travel, preferring to stay close to their place of birth. Others are happy to explore far-flung lands, even to settle and establish new colonies.
Syrah, however, is a peerlessly adept traveller, a free-spirited polyglot happy to set down roots in countless wine regions around the world. It is the most adaptable of all great red grapes – a vital quality in a changing world.
Scroll down for Matt Walls’ tasting notes and scores of six Syrahs from around the world
Grape varieties tend to reach their heights of expression in their home region, heights that are rarely surpassed elsewhere. This is certainly true with Syrah. The very best are still to be found in the Northern Rhône.